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By Rich Handley

Altizon, Deloitte Collaborate on IIoT Connected Factory for HIL Ltd.

Altizon has announced that it is collaborating with global consulting firm Deloitte on a digital transformation project for HIL Ltd., a building material solutions company owned by CK Birla Group. "We believe a connected factory has the ability to significantly improve the production process by enabling end-to-end product visibility," said Dhirup Roy Choudhary, HIL's CEO, in a prepared statement. "Further, predictive analytics will aid decision making and promote responsiveness."

Altizon's cloud-based Datonis Manufacturing Intelligence (MInt) platform enables HIL to connect all machines, products and services to a single network and data platform that facilitates machine-to-machine communication. The Datonis MInt manufacturing data lake combines manufacturing product and process data from multiple sources into a single repository. HIL's first Connected Shop Floor has been launched in its Chennai blocks plant. As a result, the companies note, real-time machine parameters are now being captured through digital logbooks, with plant-level dashboards in place to monitor and review critical parameters. Instant alerts allow for timely corrective actions.

"The connected shop floor is the first step in our IIoT journey," said Murali Raj, HIL's CIO, in the prepared statement. "By connecting the entire shop floor, we are ready with real-time data to take corrective decisions. Our next focus is to predict failures in quality and maintenance, which will increase the plant efficiency. We chose Deloitte as our partners on this Industry 4.0 journey, as they come with deep understanding of the building materials industry and rich expertise in digital transformation. Deloitte's consulting expertise and Altizon's Datonis MInt platform together is a win-win scenario for us."

HIL says it hopes to reduce the incidence of defects and improve asset efficiencies at its plant. "Companies are beginning to understand the massive impact of Industry 4.0, and exponential technologies are fundamentally transforming the business models and processes," said Shridhar Kamath, a partner at Deloitte India, in the prepared statement. "Deloitte's manufacturing and digital acceleration solution brings in domain expertise and the ability to identify the data points that needs to be captured and to be processed that can bring in actionable insights at various levels in the organization. As an outcome, what we are seeing is not an incremental benefit but a step jump in all aspects of business including manufacturing cost, quality improvement and process efficiency."

"We believe a connected factory has the ability to significantly improve the production process by enabling end-to-end product visibility," Kamath added in the statement. "Further, predictive analytics will aid decision making and promote responsiveness. For HIL's Connected Digital Shop Floor engagement, we turned to Altizon and the plug-and-play feature of Datonis MInt significantly accelerated HIL's Connected Shop Floor rollout."

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