Intel, Mitsubishi Electric to develop factory automation systems using IoT

Intel on Tuesday announced that it is working with Mitsubishi Electric to advance factory automation (FA) systems utilizing Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and big data analytics.

The companies are targeting product availability in 2015.

Following a pilot at Intel’s manufacturing facility in Malaysia, demonstrating the benefits of IoT, Intel realized $9 million in savings through cost avoidance and improved decision making.

Intel could save $9 million because the IoT pilot resulted in improved equipment uptime, increased yield and productivity, the ability to conduct predictive maintenance and reduced component failures.

“The data mining and analytics pilots done in Malaysia have demonstrated great value and benefits for Intel manufacturing using Intel-based IoT products and technology,” said Robin Martin, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Assembly and Test Group.


Intel and Mitsubishi Electric implemented IoT and big data solution at Intel’s manufacturing facility in Malaysia.

Using an Intel Atom processor-based IoT gateway from Mitsubishi Electric’s iQ-Platform, Intel gathered and aggregated data for the analytics server. Data was processed using Revolution R Enterprise software from Revolution Analytics, an analytics software solution that uses the open source R statistics language, which was hosted on Cloudera Enterprise.

The solution has improved equipment component uptime, increased productivity by minimizing misclassification of good units as bad, enabled predictive maintenance, and reduced component failures.

Masayuki Yamamoto, group senior vice president, Factory Automation Systems, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, said: “We believe that other manufacturers can benefit from this joint Intel-Mitsubishi Electric solution, which combines big data analysis, optimized data capture and processing to deliver improved performance and optimized maintenance.”

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