Carl Wouters, Atlas Copco
MATLAB helps Atlas Copco connect colleagues, customers, and the supply chain to reduce manufacturing throughput times and improve workplace safety.
To be honest, I'm really happy to stand here and be able to show some of the really cool stuff that we've been doing at Atlas Copco. The focus of the day will be compressor technique, and I will try to give you some insights on what we're doing there.
I don't think that a lot of people understand this, but more than 10% of the electricity consumption worldwide are compressed air systems. This is a new product released last year. We completely redesigned almost every component of this product. We increased the efficiency with more than 10% across the full range, which is a huge leap in a mature market like compressed air industry.
For us, this product was also a completely new way of developing our controller algorithms. We have a lot of different product teams in engineering spread across the world. First, digital twin is the representation of your product during the full product lifecycle, acting as a single source of truth.
This digital twin-- it's a living thing. It's something that's continuously modified-- contains every information we get-- we integrate it in there, which also means that you need to take care of your whole supply chain of your models. And we use the MATLAB tool chain as really a platform to standardize on our tools, to develop standardized modules that everyone can use, and we don't do duplication of effort.
We have already more than 120,000 machines connected worldwide, which are sending sensor data, operational data continuously to our data warehouse. And the insights that you get from that information-- the insights are incredible. The moment you make new products, the moment we see some quality issues popping up, that's the first thing we do, we start analyzing how are all the rest of these machines running in the field. In this, we are gaining knowledge and gaining insights in how our products are actually being used.
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