The power of Factry Historian lies in its ability to unlock existing data so it can be useful to a broader user community. It allows people to work together on data more easily and to gain insights more quickly.
Solution Architect for Production Operations at Puratos group
Puratos is a multinational organisation, specialised in developing ingredients for the patisserie and chocolate industry. It has over 65 sites worldwide. Factry enables Puratos to centrally manage and easily access data from any location or manufacturing plant.
A clear brief
Due to its rapid international expansion and numerous acquisitions, Puratos is spread out over many production sites, both small and large. Therefore, centralised management is a priority: the organisation required a solution to gain insight into these production sites, in a quick and cost-effective manner.
- Easy scalable software
- Solid support desk
- Fast implementation
- Centralised management
- Future-proof platform
- Cost-effective development
Since its founding in 1919, Puratos has built a solid reputation for itself as a developer of ingredients and solutions for bakers, pâtissiers and chocolatiers around the world. As Puratos is present in over 70 countries, a network of 463 technical advisors in 81 Innovation Centers are committed to supporting their customers. With over 9,000 employees and over 2 billion euros in revenue, Puratos is a true innovation stronghold.
A solid reply
Before Factry arrived at Puratos, process data were only available for a restricted period of time, for a limited number of users, and solely on-site. We set out to better collect, store and visualise the company’s manufacturing process data, making the data more accessible to those who need them.
- Automated data collection
- User-friendly data visualisation
- Seamless data integration
- Data management strategy
- 24/7 machine monitoring
- Custom user dashboards
How we rolled
Factry set up a proof-of-concept in Pennsauken, USA, to demonstrate its benefits, user-friendliness and fast set-up. After a positive assessment by Puratos, the collaboration expanded to Europe. The next step in the process was a roll-out - on which a copy of the technology stack was running - to three other sites.
The third stage in the transformation was building a centralised Historian infrastructure, to increase manageability and roll-out speed for new implementations. As an added bonus, data from various sites around the world could now be accessed through one interface.
- Build a proof of concept
- Roll-out to multiple sites
- Build a central infrastructure
- Create a master interface
Problems solved - what is next?
Finally, we created a cost-efficient service framework that enables us to roll out quickly to new sites worldwide. In less than a week, a new system can be up and running. The whole set-up is built using open source software, from back-end logic and databases to front-end development.
Today, Puratos mainly uses Factry’s Historian tool to capture data, to look back at the past, do causal analysis and create custom dashboards and graphs. The software has now been successfully launched on sites in the USA, France, Belgium, Latvia and Poland, with further roll-outs planned.
Key benefits of Factry Historian
Better process insights
Significant increase in process insights within any department
Extract data and create custom dashboards and graphs in no time
No artificial data limits
Unlimited amount of data and number of users
Lower Cost of Ownership and improved overall efficiency
Open source technology
Eliminate vendor lock-in using open source software
Integration with other automation systems such as SCADA
On-premise or in the cloud
Store your data on any location, with maximum security
Access and amdminister data from any production site within one web-based interface
No extra local infrastructure needed to collect the machine data, if an OPC-UA server is already in place
Factry is a Belgian software company, which was founded in 2016. Being a start-up does not mean we are new kids on the block. Our team has over 20 years of experience in the global manufacturing and processing industry.
Our core mission is to introduce data-driven operational improvement and better insights to our clients, by offering them a scalable platform to easily collect, store and visualise sensor data from any type of industrial equipment.
We are not an automation company that develops software and drivers on the side. We are IT experts who are very knowledgeable about all aspects of automation. We look at things from an IT perspective, aiming to open doors to new and innovative solutions.
We are different. We are Factry.