TwinThread: be more competitive with Predictive Operations
The ability to react to problems fast is essential in production line processes.
Companies are looking to solve more complex problems in record times to produce the best possible outcomes.
The age of your factory or equipment should not inhibit your ability to make improvements and remain competitive within your industry.
TwinThread explains how companies can remain competitive in the digital age and how a Predictive Operations Platform works to achieve this.
Large scale problem solving
The ability to quickly solve individual problems is great, but to be capable of solving multiple issues at once will allow for a competitive advantage.
Digital Twins provide a cloud based digital representation of your physical production equipment, enabling the operator to quickly gain insight into key performance indicators.
By producing personalized history and operations insight for each production line, the Platform has the potential to manage thousands of them simultaneously.
“By using your data, Digital Twins, and our Predictive Operations technology in a fully digitized and automated process you can accelerate [continuous improvement] 100x over traditional methods,” TwinThread explains in their ‘’.
Gathering and storing a large amount of production data will form a baseline for the Platform to diagnose future production problems.
The long term role of the Predictive Operations Platform is to carry out the menial tasks of maintaining production efficiency, with no coding or data science expertise required by your engineers.
TwinThread explains the importance of fast implementation of the Platform to free up operators to innovate further.
“Driving Continuous Improvement actions in an automated way, and at scale, is not only how you get ahead in today’s hyper competitive environment, it is also how you stay ahead,” says TwinThread.
Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution
Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand.
So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes, basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”