SIG launches first-ever digital asset and field management solution for the F&B industry

SWITZERLAND – Aseptic carton packaging manufacturer, SIG is launching the first integrated asset performance management (APM) and field service management (FSM) digital solution for the food and beverage industry.

Developed in partnership with GE Digital, the Plant 360 Asset Management will feature a range of on-demand digital services designed to help manufacturers reach new levels of efficiency, productivity and connectivity in their operations.

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SIG noted that the Plant 360 Asset Management comes as a solution in response to increasing demands in the food and beverage industry, particularly the need for higher productivity, quality and uptime.

The state-of-the-art digital tools will therefore help its customers boost production, reduce downtime and ensure even greater quality to meet ever-changing consumer needs.

“Equipment manufacturers like SIG are increasingly leveraging Industrial Internet of Things solutions to differentiate themselves through superior after-sales service,” said Dan Lohmeyer, SVP Digital Product Management at GE Digital.

“GE Digital’s Asset Performance Management and ServiceMax’s Field Service Management software help OEMs ensure their installed base of equipment is performing optimally, and their field service resources are managed efficiently.

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“Our integrated solution allows SIG to detect and correct potential equipment issues in advance, before they result in unplanned customer downtime, delighting end-customers through improved OEE and driving improved NPS scores for SIG.”

A modular solution for maintenance

Developed as an innovative and integrated solution comprised of GE Digital’s APM and ServiceMax’s FSM software, SIG said that the tool is a modular solution designed to improve filling line reliability and availability while reducing costs.

SIG explained that the Plant 360 Asset Managements incorporates Connector modules that enables the collection of digital data, which is loaded into the Predix Cloud – GE Digital’s cloud platform.

From here, the data can be retrieved and evaluated at any time by SIG’s reliability engineering team.

This module can also be used for SIG’s other Smart Factory solution, Plant 360 Controller, which enables manufacturers to monitor, control and optimise every angle of their filling plant operations.

SIG says that the module also ensures that customers have one data source for all maintenance-related activities while providing an optimal platform for predictive maintenance in the future.

Optimising assets at every stage

Together, the three modules will enable higher asset reliability and availability. The solution ensures a direct link between condition-based and predictive maintenance alerts in APM and the work being scheduled for field-service engineers in FSM.

This helps translate alerts into efficient action on the ground and ensures field service teams receive as much advance notice as possible of an issue, which they can address before it impacts a customer’s operations.

“With Plant 360 Asset Management, any changes to equipment strategies – for example, changing service intervals or maintenance steps – can be quickly reflected in new FSM work,” said Klaus Andresen, Senior Vice President Global Technology at SIG.

“This improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall SIG maintenance process.

“Data captured by field-service workers is immediately available for analysis by APM and the global SIG reliability engineering team, allowing us to better and more quickly detect emerging issues and trigger preventative steps.”

SIG Plant 360 Asset Management is being launched for the first time in the Middle East with Almarai, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest food and beverage producers, as start of the global rollout.

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