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Posted : 2016-11-16 17:03
Updated : 2016-11-16 19:20

Samsung SDS releases AI-based smart factory system

By Yoon Sung-won

Samsung SDS has launched its artificial intelligence (AI)-based smart factory system service Nexplant, the company said Wednesday.

The system integration service affiliate of Samsung Group highlighted that the new service will help clients maximize production efficiency as the AI system analyzes manufacturing problems in real time.

"Before the domestic release of the service, we have already drawn high interest from manufacturing businesses in overseas countries including the United States and India," Lee Jae-cheol, smart factory business director and senior vice president of Samsung SDS, said in a statement. "We will expedite business expansion on the global stage."

In developing the Nexplant system, Samsung SDS said it has tapped into its expertise in manufacturing process optimization systems that it has accumulated during the last three decades while providing them to plants run by other Samsung affiliates.

The new system is run on Brightics, a big data analysis platform.

This platform is capable of reducing the time required to analyze problems in manufacturing processes and solve them, from as long as 12 hours on average to less than 10 minutes, according to the company. Unlike existing manufacturing analysis systems, which need human analysts to look into the database to grasp problems, Nexplant's AI system can detect problems much quicker.

Samsung SDS also said the Nexplant system has been downsized to be fit not only for large-scale manufacturing plants but also for small and medium-sized factories.

The new system includes smart design features based on analytics technology, a collaboration feature that supports cooperation among different divisions at manufacturing sites, a smart engineering feature that optimizes equipment and quality control efficiency and a smart operation feature that enables automation of production processes.

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