Acmon Group: The technological weapons at the service of the digital transformation of the industry.
Digital transformation has many aspects and interpretations. The terms “digital” and “transformation” face multiple interpretations. This leads to confusion about the factors that define it and the elements that an organization needs to develop in order to adopt this development and start its own course. Digital transformation is a critical component of a comprehensive business transformation strategy. While not the only factor, it is critical to the success or failure of any conversion effort. The right technologies – combined with people, processes, and operations – enable organizations to quickly adapt to risks or opportunities, respond to new and rapidly changing customer needs for more personalized service and build resilience and flexibility required to avoid disruptions. In this article we will deal with the main pillars of digital transformation and the modernization of traditional business models.
As the manufacturing industry presents several peculiarities, which are even specialized by sector, it is extremely important to approach it based not on its current needs but as they evolve and emerge. The future has never been so close and while once any change, even a simple one, could be made over a period of months or even years, today’s reality, being more demanding than ever, requires many changes in short “pivot” periods in order to remain a competitive organization. Unfortunately, the ‘scale down’ option no longer exists and we’ve moved on to ‘evolve or die’. Thus, the adoption of new technologies is a one-way street.
Acmon Group, offering solutions at the cutting edge of technology for more than thirty years, could not help but be at the forefront of digital transformation technology solutions.
Acmon Systems, a pioneer and synonymous with Bulk Material Handling, offers its customers the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a range of cutting-edge technologies. The most important investment is the use of digital twins’ applications where it leads to a change in philosophy, in design and engineering, providing the possibility of a real visualization of all the parameters of a system both during the design and during its completion before lead to production.
The end result is to have a solution in which every independent component, every machine part of it, the automation, the software and finally the whole system as well as its possible interaction with external systems are represented virtually.
Moving towards the production process, Digital Twins does not stop, since the continuous control and visualization of the processes in real time combined with Digital Twins, gives us the possibility to predict any failures in time and correct them in real time.
At the same time, technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are also at the forefront of development offering innovative solutions and products such as Virtual Factory & SITE Acceptance Test.
Icon Systems, a company of the Acmon group, which specializes in the handling, packaging, crating of secondary packaging and palletizing, invests significantly in robotic technology with great specialization in industrial production and also in Intralogistics. The intelligent design of the robotic solutions which, due to their modular design, are addressed both to large industrial units and to medium-sized factories, gives the possibility of optimizing quality and increasing productivity with maximum availability, without increasing labor costs. At the same time, the human factor deals with the evolution of the technologies that will be used to serve them.
An equally important innovation of Icon Systems is the design of solutions using Cobots (collaborative robots). These are new-generation robotic solutions, where collaboration between robots and humans is observed, offering notable benefits such as flexible solutions with quick implementation, high levels of security and positive acceptance by staff.
All complex industrial production systems, no matter how modern, need the assistance of software to deliver maximum benefits. The Acmon group company that takes on this pivotal role is Acmon Data. There can be no digital transformation if we do not take full advantage of the potential of the Internet of Things in its industrial version IIoT (Industrial Internet Of Things). In the modern factory today and even more so in the future, a number of devices of every type and with many different characteristics coexist. From simple sensors, switches, measuring instruments, automation systems, IT systems, weighing systems, production machines, etc. which must be interconnected and provide all their information to a single platform which in turn will feed all the required information systems (ERP, MES, MRP, etc.) where required, but also control the operation of everything of the equipment. Acmon Data, having IoT platforms in its range, provides solutions for the effective management of the above.
This management provides significant benefits in terms of increasing productivity, direct and real-time control of all production and each piece of equipment separately, as well as reducing costs through KPI’s OEE – Overall Equipment Effectiveness and Predictive Maintenance. Nevertheless, it is self-evident that a huge amount of data (Big Data) arises where its management is critical both in terms of functionality and security. The answer is provided by Cloud Computing, which, however, requires high expertise and careful planning.
The family of companies of Acmon group is the absolute protagonist of the digital transformation in Greek production and industry, as a Manufacturing Solution Provider, having a wide range of solutions and applications that cover the automation of all layers of a unit from the field to the business. Whether they undertake projects individually or work together as an indivisible team, they follow the group philosophy, offering complete “turnkey” solutions in the field of modern factories. With more than 150 dedicated employees, involvement in over 7000 projects and more than 600 turnkey projects, it is a dominant force in digital innovation.
With over 85% of their projects running in over 30 countries around the world, they prove that digital transformation is not just a future trend, but a reality today.