Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has adopted smart manufacturing process in its entire value chain of manufacturing be it tracking of operating processes and intelligent analysis of real time data.
RIL leverages smart manufacturing technology through use of robotics for high risk jobs such as catalyst loading in inert atmosphere; use of drones for inspection of inaccessible positions; development and implementation of smart pressure testing using intrinsically safe wireless, Highway Addressable Remote Transducer (HART) communication protocol; implementation of new technologies in rotary/inspection and corrosion monitoring using microwave technique; and development and implementation of IIoT based advanced predictive analytics solution to predict the future state of manufacturing viz. equipment, process health to take corrective/preventive actions for any future performance deterioration.
At RIL, smart manufacturing is based on real time insight into operations by learning through advanced analytics to predict the future state established on the foundation of securely connected sensors and systems. Smart manufacturing technology also aids Reliance Industries to improve its performance in terms of integrity, reliability and effectiveness of business operations.
With the availability of vast amount of operation data and Big Data, RIL has also initiated the development and implementation of Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) based on GE Predix IIoT platform for realisation of “last mile” of optimisation across its manufacturing facilities. These are targeted through continuous and strategic improvement initiatives.
RIL is also developing a partner ecosystem to successfully implement smart manufacturing solutions. This includes the support of infrastructure available through RIL’s Jio network and Jio cloud. With this initiative, RIL not only optimises its own processes, but also contributes towards the inclusion of other small scale industries (SMEs) in the journey.