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Hitachi to Digitize Industrial Processes with Lumada's Enhancements

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Hitachi Ltd.'s subsidiary for digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions, Hitachi Vantara has announced enhancements to the Lumada software platform and industry solutions to further drive the digital transformation of industrial processes.

These solutions will aid in the delivery of real-time, actionable insights that will boost the ability to anticipate problem areas, streamline manufacturing and maintenance, and link the supply chain, resulting in increased operating performance, less sales disruptions, and improved product quality.

Hitachi is now expanding Lumada's capabilities for business and industrial customers beyond the internet of things (IoT) to solve the data problems that customers in every sector and for any use case face.

Lumada is Hitachi's digital platform for fueling industry innovation by connecting data, properties and people. Lumada Industry Solutions use it as the tech framework to derive data-driven knowledge and improve operational and market results.

Customers can use the modified Lumada portfolio to automate tasks and make quicker decisions by training data models in the cloud and deploying them to edge devices, resulting in actionable insights from a variety of data sets at a lower cost of infrastructure.

Today several organizations seek the potential for analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and new digital business models to change their operations, but their current data processing tools and processes can't keep up with the pace and complexity of modern digital business.

Lumada's new solutions fill this gap by allowing intelligent data operations, or DataOps, a collaborative data management practice that uses policy-based, automated methods to help businesses increase productivity and drive innovation by bringing the right data to the right position at the right time.

Some of the benefits to look forward to Lumada's manufacturing insights are.
With the supply chain module's ability to incorporate supply chain control tower solutions and take direct, demand-driven action, this industry solution provides greater visibility across a customer's supply chain subsystems.

Manufacturers can help predict points of failure and conduct preventive maintenance by integrating and correlating data from various sources – from asset health data to vibration, video, lidar, and audio – to detect possible machine failure. This reduces downtime and improves production.

Establishes the ability to automate forms for factory floor digitization, which is still mostly done with pen, paper, and spreadsheets to create 'if this, then that' protocols through manufacturing processes.

“Across the globe, industries are dealing with increasing complexity, a faster changing environment and greater competition that together are driving a need for accelerated digitalization. Supply chain disruptions, health and safety measures and operational challenges have highlighted this need for data-driven innovation. Today’s advancements allow our customers to make faster, more informed decisions so industries can thrive in our rapidly digitalizing future”, said Radhika Krishnan, Chief Product Officer, Hitachi Vantara.

For easier integration with Microsoft cloud environments, Lumada Manufacturing Insights is also made available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Some of the benefits to expect from Lumada's Smart Spaces and Video Insights are.
These industry applications make use of Hitachi Visualization Suite's new process automation and a mobile app to enhance team coordination and incident response.

An expanded Hitachi Edge Gateway portfolio includes industry-tailored and 'ruggedized' versions which allow the integration of data from sources like trains, industrial areas, or vehicles and equipment for first response systems and include higher CPU or GPU power to allow new results and to make quicker, more data-driven decisions at the edge of this portfolio.

Sensor fusion provides the ability to analyse video, lidar and other data in conjunction with the ability to improve accuracy in new use cases such as quality management and analysis of human-machine interactions.

Things to expect from Lumada's Edge Intelligence.
The integration of the Lumada software platform with Google Cloud enables customers to speed up data preparation by adjusting on-demand resources and combining multiple types of information for better insights.

Lumada Edge Intelligence updates also simplify the workflows for machine learning by pushing models to border devices to make faster automated decisions on the basis of point tools.

New edges management APIs for accessing data allow the reuse of existing infrastructure, assets, gateways and software to create integrated solutions.

"Our business is undergoing rapid digitalization and markedly increasing business pace," said Petra Sundström, VP, Digital Offering, Sandvik Rock Processing, manufacturer Sandvik. She emphasized the need to make our customers more agile and predictable in all things we do and deliver. We are working on our business models with Hitachi to innovate. We are now able to offer predictive maintenance as a service, delivering the results that our customers want in this digital era with Lumada Manufacturing Insights”.

Allen Ahlert, senior director, Hitachi Computers Engineering (America, Inc.), says that, "the application can be used in many ways and the apps become more obvious as the sensors and analytics team learns about Lumada's products at its 352,000 m2 production and supply facility in Norman, OK. In the US the company's solutions will be developed and implemented. Without what solutions to generate a comprehensive, rich insight across facilities and processes, Hitachi Vantara could approach this holistically".

“Across the globe, industries are dealing with increasing complexity, a faster changing environment and greater competition that together are driving a need for accelerated digitalization. Supply chain disruptions, health and safety measures and operational challenges have highlighted this need for data-driven innovation. Today’s advancements allow our customers to make faster, more informed decisions so industries can thrive in our rapidly digitalizing future”, said Radhika Krishnan, Chief Product Officer, Hitachi Vantara.

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