Federico Viani, CTO
There is no doubt that modern-day technologies have changed factory-floor management for the better. The wide adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and automation have pushed past the boundaries set by legacy systems and paved the way for more efficient, profitable, and cost-effective results on the factory floor.
In fact, according to Gartner, the use of connected devices is a growing technology trend for manufacturing facilities. This is because of a number of reasons. Firstly, today, manufacturing bulk products is not enough; the products also need to be of high quality and personalised according to user requirements. By driving automation, factories can seamlessly achieve that perfection while increasing production speed and reducing human errors. Secondly, the adoption of such smart technologies now is more critical than ever because of the ongoing pandemic. An efficient factory floor is no longer a matter of choice; it is a necessity for ensuring employee safety and reducing physical interactions.
And, the company that is meeting these industry needs with a focus on delivering the most comprehensive and versatile smart factory software products is Trilogis. Founded in 2006, Trilogis is an Italian, ISO 9001-2015 and OHSAS 18001 certified, ICT company, specialising in computer geography, geographic information systems (GIS), and location-based services (LBS) for indoor and outdoor manufacturing facilities.
Federico Viani, the CTO of Trilogis, notes that managing inventory in a warehouse is a crucial yet challenging activity for many companies. In order to simplify this arduous task, Trilogis’ software products digitalise and localise all aspects of inventory management to effectuate an error-free and people-centric workflow. “We streamline the digitalisation journey of factories and optimise their overall processes by focusing on the people as well as technology,” expresses Viani. And, notably, the company build its solutions around this ethos of man-machine collaboration.
Trilogis develops GIS-based software in close collaboration with industrial stakeholders and public entities. Trilogis’ software suite, called TRACCIA, has been exceptionally beneficial for manufacturing and logistics companies in digitalising many of their processes and reducing human errors. To this end, the company imbues the capabilities of ultrawideband realtime locating system (UWB RTLS), computer vision, sensors, and object identification technologies, such as RFID and QR codes, and develop end-to-end geo-location software that ensures thorough asset and facility management.
We streamline the digitalisation journey of factories and optimise their overall processes by focusing on the people as well as technology
Through these innovative software products, Trilogis’ clients can reduce errors and increase precision, personalisation, and quality of production throughout a facility.
What’s more? Trilogis’ smart factory products also integrate virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) with IoT devices to create a digital twin of the facility that can receive real-time updates from shop floor workers. This allows the collection of more accurate and streamlined data from factory equipment and processes, cutting down the time required to sort and store inventory by almost 50 percent. Viani shares, “We are also integrating AI to these existing products to process different types of factory floor data faster.” Further, by relaying this information to the floor manager’s interactive dashboard, the key performance indicators and other data points can be easily assessed and optimised. “This digital map of the facility also improves equipment well-being and predictive maintenance scheduling,” adds Viani. Trilogis is continuing to integrate additional features to help factory workers determine when they need to service a specific asset, thereby further reducing the downtime of the line.
With such innovative software products to offer, the company envisions to develop the next generation of industrial process management and spearhead smart factory solutions alongside Industry 4.0 real-time location systems (RTLS). At this juncture, Viani also opines that AR/VR has the potential to open new and unpredictable scenarios for industries, and thus, Trilogis is already focusing its strategies around the use of next-generation AR/ VR and building information modeling (BIM) technologies. The company is additionally looking into the integration of 5G with the digitalisation of industrial processes. To this extent, Trilogis has recently submitted a H2020 proposal on the indoor localisation of industrial assets using 5G. “We developed our software to operate as an operating system that can collect data and geographic positions from different devices to improve man-machine collaboration in a facility,” shares the CTO. Moreover, with an intuitive spatiotemporal system developed in-house by Trilogis, heterogeneous technologies like computer vision, wireless sensors, identification and localization applications, GIS, and geodatabases are being combined to manage both smart building architecture as well as outdoor smart city events.
Driven by such promising innovations, Trilogy is now partnering with some of the globally renowned corporations like Siemens and Esri to manifest its vision of smart factory. “Trilogis is the first Siemens Solution Partner in Italy working with ultra wideband RTLS. Through these partnerships, we are poised to make an impact in different markets in Italy and abroad, as well,” concludes Viani.