AGC is actively evolving its chemical plants to Smart Factories through the three steps of "Visualization," "Understanding," and "Transformation." As part of its efforts to "Visualization," AGC has introduced an integrated operation and quality management system called CHOPIN and a private LTE network to improve the efficiency of data collection. However, the data collected is currently analyzed based on the experience of each person in charge of the manufacturing process, using their own spreadsheets, etc., thus considerable time and effort are needed to integrate and analyze the data. Another issue is the development of human resources with expertise in both manufacturing operations and data science.
The system to be deployed this time is a data analysis platform featuring an intuitive graphical user interface and a rich set of tool icons that enable a variety of data processing. With Alteryx, it will be possible to capture and analyze data from each manufacturing process on a single platform, thus improving the efficiency of data integration and analysis work.
Alteryx can also automate the data processing process by simply connecting icons on the screen, making it possible for manufacturing staff even without programming knowledge to perform data analysis with a shallow learning curve. In this way, by adding the powerful skill of data analysis to manufacturing operations staff and fostering talent who can wield two swords, AGC will enhance the data utilization literacy of the organization as a whole.
■Approaches to converting AGC's chemical plants into smart factories
AGC is actively converting its chemical plants into Smart Factories through the three steps of "Visualization," "Understanding," and "Transformation." The deployment of the Alteryx data analysis platform is an initiative in the "Understanding" step.
In 2020, AGC began using the Alteryx platform on a trial basis in the development of its CHAMP data collection and visualization system. As a result, AGC has significantly shortened the development period and cut system development costs by over 80%. CHAMP is an acronym for "CHemical plant Acquisition Method of Process data," a data storage platform for chemical plants developed by AGC. In addition to improving the efficiency and sophistication of data collection, AGC is also working on implementing data visualization functions to identify issues and resolve problems by "visualizing" data.