Improving Tire Factory Efficiency With MES Systems: Why It Matters

Black Donuts Engineering Inc. is a full-service technology house that offers end-to-end turnkey solutions for designing, building, supervising and running a smart tire plant with maximized productivity and best-in-class production. Our company has led the development of over 50 tire plants worldwide and 1000+ tire product designs. We are also the #1 tire technology expert and a leading R&D tire specialist. Lately, we have received a lot of requests from our business partners regarding the MES (Manufacturing Execution System), what it is and how it improves tire production. Also, tire manufacturers are keen to know not only what benefits they can get from investing in MES but also if MES can help them make more money. This article will explain the basics of MES and why it’s essential in today’s tire factories.

What is MES?

MES, or Manufacturing Execution System, is a computerized solution used in manufacturing to track and closely monitor tire factory operations, everything from transforming raw materials to finished goods. One can easily say that MES is a tire factory’s helpful assistant, ensuring smooth communication and operation between departments. When something goes off track, just like a detective, MES figures out what went wrong.

Pekka Vaittinen, Director of Automation and Solutions at Black Donuts Engineering Inc., emphasizes that MES’s main task is production efficiency in capacity and quality trace and to monitor ‘super-fast’ the root causes of any manufacturing defect. The advantages are faster production, higher quality, and fewer errors.

The video below illustrates how Black Donuts assisted IRIS Tyres in planning their Energy Management System (EMS).

So, simply put, MES watches the factory’s tire-making process like a smart computer system, ensuring everything works well. It monitors, controls, and connects all stages of the tire production process, thus helping manufacturing decision-makers understand how current conditions on the plant floor can be optimized to improve production output.

Using MES and EMS for Eco-Friendly Tire Manufacturing

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Tire industry experts are striving to be more environmentally friendly, and one way to do this is by monitoring their energy use closely. The MES and Energy Management Software (EMS) are crucial for monitoring energy use. The MES is like the industry’s control center, giving real-time information about the productivity, energy use, and environmental impact. It provides advanced tools like sensors and AI to make smart decisions and keep machines running smoothly. Furthermore, it help tire makers identify and reduce excessive energy use when machines aren’t in use, which saves money. This approach also benefits the environment by promoting eco-friendly manufacturing, which benefits both profits and the planet.

Challenges and Solutions in Utility Consumption Tracking

Manufacturers encounter several challenges when tracking utility consumption. The complexity arises from the machinery and equipment involved in industrial processes. Integrating data from various sources can be tricky, especially with older equipment requiring additional sensors for real-time monitoring. Other obstacles include:

  • finding experienced MES providers,
  • managing initial costs,
  • securing data, and
  • integrating diverse data sources.

Careful planning is essential, particularly in situations like greenfield factories. Pekka Vaitinen’s experience suggests a proactive approach, committing fully from the start, even if it means starting some parts of the work early. Beginning with critical equipment and gradually expanding monitoring capabilities can effectively manage costs and complexity. Collaborating with experienced solution providers streamlines the implementation process and ensures data security.

MES Advantages for Modern Tire Manufacturing

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Why to implement MES? Here are a few good reasons why MES is essential in today’s tire plants:

↳ Real-time Predictive Maintenance – MES can predict when machines might break so they can be fixed before they cause big problems. MES systems can leverage advanced sensors and AI algorithms to predict equipment failures before they occur. This predictive maintenance reduces downtime, extends machinery lifespan, and optimizes tire production.

↳ Energy Efficiency Optimization – MES can control how much energy is used during tire making, which is good for the environment and saves money. MES platforms use real-time data analysis to monitor and control energy consumption in the tire manufacturing process. They can identify energy-saving opportunities during peak and idle periods, contributing to sustainability efforts and cost reduction.

↳ Quality Control with AI – MES uses smart technology to find even tiny problems with tires, making sure they’re top quality and reducing waste. Advanced MES solutions incorporate artificial intelligence for quality control. They can detect minute defects in tire production, ensuring higher-quality products and minimizing waste, which is good for the environment and saves money.

↳ Supply Chain Integration – MES can help keep track of materials and finished tires, making sure there’s enough of everything and preventing production slowdowns. MES systems are increasingly integrated with supply chain management tools. This integration allows real-time tracking of raw materials, components, and finished products, optimizing inventory levels and reducing production bottlenecks.

↳ Data-driven Decision-making – With MES, all the data from making tires can be looked at and analyzed. MES platforms collect and analyze vast amounts of data from various manufacturing stages. Advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms enable data-driven decision-making, leading to continuous process improvement and increased efficiency. This helps make smart choices and keeps things running better.

In summary, implementing MES in tire factories is a wise choice. It enhances tire quality, reduces costs, and adapts to industry changes by improving energy efficiency and production monitoring. 

Reducing Waste and Improving Quality with MES: A Practical Example

MES in greenfield tire factory

Based on Black Donuts’ substantial experience spanning over a decade, the primary advantages include improving production, reducing waste, and improving tire quality. Here’s a concrete example.

We assisted tire manufacturers through MES implementation and showed the client how to effectively identify and resolve manufacturing and quality issues, mistakes and defects. By analyzing and “deep drilling” into the root causes of defects, they elevated product quality and reduced defects and waste to a minimum. The MES solutions also helped the clients to:

  • Minimize waste caused by human errors.
  • Gain operational visibility to optimize production setup and adjustment.
  • Identify and address daily bottlenecks, such as additional tools or tooling to boost output and reduce idle time.
  • Maximize machine capacity utilization while avoiding planning errors.
  • Monitor production alarms and focus on maintaining high Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) through timely maintenance.

By closely tracking production workflows, our clients better understood their operations. This insight enabled the identification of blockage, process inefficiencies, and areas where resources can be allocated more effectively. They could quickly see what was slowing them down and where they were making mistakes. This made them make more tires, save money, and make better tires. 

Trends and Innovations 

MES systems modernize tire factories, enhance communication, and promote sustainability. As the tire industry evolves, embracing MES systems and innovative utility consumption approaches is crucial for success.

Trends include AI, IoT, and sustainability initiatives, driving innovations in utility consumption management. Data security is a priority, ensuring reliable hardware and network architecture.

At Black Donuts, we expect increased use of AI, machine learning, and IoT for predictive analytics, and a focus on renewable energy and circular economy principles. IoT adoption will expand, enhancing real-time data collection. Cybersecurity investments are essential to safeguard energy data. IoT-driven real-time analysis provides precise energy consumption insights, eliminating wasteful practices and promoting eco-friendliness. Sustainability initiatives will drive innovations, emphasizing renewable energy sources and circular economy principles in utility consumption management.

MES is vital in tire plants due to evolving industry trends and diversified tire manufacturing. It enables cost-saving measures and supports informed decision-making. Black Donuts’ MES solutions offer improved efficiency, waste reduction, and quality control. We assist in identifying and resolving manufacturing defects, optimizing production setup, addressing bottlenecks, and maintaining high Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). Additionally, our approach involves using reliable hardware, considering its lifespan, malware possibilities, and collaborating with world-class experts to ensure data security. We also plan network architecture to contain potential breaches within restricted areas, addressing various data security and compliance aspects.

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