For Samsung SDS, the year 2017 is a significant year in which the company will have to produce tangible fruits from the exploration of foreign markets. To this end, Samsung SDS President Chung Yoo-sung has called for communication, speed and an improved competitive edge. In the message Chung delivered in his company’s intra-public address system, he said, “The external and internal uncertainties, including the economic recession, have mounted, and inter-industry competition is getting fierce than ever.” He stressed the transformation of Samsung SDS into a global top ICT solution company to overcome the difficulties.
Samsung SDS’s key solution to make inroads into overseas markets is about smart factories designed to help companies perform efficiently, by managing the whole process ranging from product lifestyle management (PLM) to manufacturing execution system (EMSO). Conventional factories could carry out a whole-system analysis of causes and faults, which take a long-period of time to sort out data.
Samsung SDS released the smart factory solution “Nexplant” based on artificial intelligence to help manufacturing companies grapple with conventional woes and problems. The Nexplant is an integrated smart factory solution based on the compilation of experiences that a few companies, including Samsung Electronics, have accumulated from plants and manufacturing sites over the past three decades.
The Nexplant is composed of four solutions smart design for supporting the strong design of products from an early stage of development through analysis technologies, smart collaboration to streamline all work for the whole manufacturing process, smart engineering to support the optimization of efficiency of facilities, the improving of quality, and smart operations for the optimal management of whole production activities and unmanned operation of production sites.
The Nexplant is employing an artificial intelligence function in the whole manufacturing process. It can optimize production by analyzing real-time conditions of manufacturing facilities by collecting and analyzing sensor data of facilities though IoT, finding glitches, other problems and solving them.
The solution is outfitted with the analysis platform “Brightics” that Samsung SDS has developed, which has reduced the time of discovering problems and solving them by 10 minutes. For conventional factories, it takes up to 12 hours to sort out data when troubles take place in the course of manufacturing and find causes after handing over the data to experts. The solution can automatically search for the causes of glitches through artificial intelligence and prioritize solutions, so it can help engineers handle problems efficiently, a Samsung SDS official said.
The Nexplant utilizes miniaturization, which can be applied to both large- and small-sized plants. Small- and medium sized factories of Korean and foreign industries, including steel, automobile, electric, electronics, textile and bio fields, can realize smart factory by introducing the solution.
Samsung SDS demonstrated a smart factory management function through a smartphone-oriented solution at the Mobile World Congress 2017 held in Barcelona, Spain last February. The Nexplant mobile solution, capable of coping with all things ranging from swift and convenient information collection to real-time monitoring become the subject keen attention from spectators visiting Samsung SDS’s pavilion.
Meanwhile, the integrated solution “Samsung Mobile Security Management Sweet,” developed by Samsung SDS, won the MWC Global Mobile Award, a top honored prize in the mobile telecommunications sector being presented by the GSMA. Samsung SDS has become the first Korean IT service/solution maker to received the GSMA prize.