What is a Digital Factory?

The Digital Factory is an interconnected workshop where data flows easily among machines, workers, and systems. This transparency of data promotes more informed and overall better decision-making while providing the ability to actually reduce staff.

Why do we need a Digital Factory?

How much do you think it costs your business when one of your production lines shuts down? Do you even know? What would it mean to your business to be able to schedule preventative maintenance on your machinery instead of waiting for that machinery to break down? How much easier would it be to have information about inventory levels shared with vendors in real time so that there would always be just the right amount of materials available?

The Digital Factory is a solution that has the potential to change the production flow and efficiency of the factory floor. With many systems already primed for the extraction of data, The Digital Factory takes it further with the ability to connect, extrapolate, interpolate, and leverage that data to create an interconnected workplace.

Work smarter, not harder

This is the goal of every business owner, but how do you make it happen within your facility? Many businesses experience isolated, ad-hoc communications—islands of information—and alerts become lost in a sea of random data that must be manually sorted. That’s not working smart.

The Digital Factory uses your ERP system combined with a baseline standard of communication to coalesce data into usable, actionable information that drives decision-making among all stakeholders.

FENml

FENml—Fenestration Manufacturing Language

FENml is the key to unlocking your factory’s potential.

FENml is an open standard baseline communication vehicle created specifically for the fenestration industry. Every machinery supplier, every ERP software solution, every customer is invited to use FENml. FENml has been designed to be plug-and-play—that is, it’s cloud-based. No manual installation required.

With FENml, you can combine data from your ERP system with the machines on the shop floor. This gives you a better, more holistic view of your production facility. Managers, supervisors, and maintenance can go to one location to see the data applicable to their job function. What else can you do?

  • Use historical data to make automatic decisions during production planning such as calculating floor capacity.
  • Trigger maintenance actions based on sensor values.
  • Use data to better plan for maintenance, reducing or shifting your future planned capacity to accommodate future down time.

Who benefits from FENml?