AUO today announced that it has been recognized by the Manufacturing Leadership Awards (MLA) in categories of Digital Network Connectivity as well as AI and Machine Learning, and especially honored the High Achiever in Sustainability and the Circular Economy category by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in the US. Drawing up on its years of experience in smart manufacturing and digital transformation, AUO combined AIoT, digital IoT and data analytics technologies to build a machine doctor for carrying a comprehensive health exam of factories. Appling its wealth of green manufacturing expertise to transform old factories into sustainable smart factories, AUO successfully won the international recognitions.
The information monitored by AIoT, digital IoT and data analytics technologies is presented on the PHM platform, supporting operator to master the status of equipments in production line.
AUO recognized with Manufacturing Leadership Awards for painless upgrade to sustainable smart factory through AI for old factories.
Building a Machine Doctor for AI-powered Health Exams of Production Lines
AUO was able to use the combination of AUDNC deployment and PHM monitoring to design a machine doctor for conducting AI-powered “visual inspection” and “auscultation” that assess and diagnose the health of machine equipment and their components.
For visual inspection, the “GRAPIC” smart visual recognition software developed by AUO has a wide variety of applications in three areas: factory quality management, equipment maintenance, and personnel safety management. In quality management, smart visual inspection can be used to pick up product flaws, carry out precision measurements of dimensions during production, and monitor operator SOP. In equipment maintenance, it enables active detection of deviations in machine components, ensures equipment operating at right angles, and reduces scrapping costs from equipment failures. In personnel safety management, it helps verify that factory workers are wearing proper protective gears, and also detect hazardous situations such as mobile phone use within the factory or falls in single-worker zones. By translating its extensive manufacturing expertise and experience into smart visual detection technologies, AUO was able to develop software that personnel from non-programming backgrounds could use to obtain a “clearer picture” during production and effectively reduce the factory’s operation and maintenance costs.
Auscultation is another important skill that the machine doctor can use for health exams in addition to visual inspection. The “stethoscope” used by clinical physicians inspired the use of “vibration pickups” by AUO to captured equipment sounds. Edge computing technology is then used to analyze the audio data and visualize the results for the PHM platform to help production line personnel track the health of their equipment. By “listening” for equipment anomalies or potential hazards, equipment management and maintenance can be conducted more efficiently.
AUO’s manufacturing experience and domain know-how combined with AI health exams by the machine doctor and PHM monitoring can solve the pain points of old factories with high precision and boost productivity by up to 30%. AUO also transformed its years of internal experience into smart manufacturing solutions offered by its subsidiary AUO Digitech. These solutions provide old factories with an upgrade and the industry with greater impetus for transformation.
Realizing the Sustainability Vision through Refinements to Green Production Process
In the face of global climate change, AUO leveraged its excellence in smart manufacturing to implement sustainable production and make continued refinements to green production process technologies. Connecting smart water and power grids to the AUDNC effectively improved the water and power efficiency of production machines. In 2021, the production process at AUO Longtan Plant could recycle each drop of production water up to 27 times. The production water recovery rate of all fab in AUO also increased to around 95%. Absolute carbon emissions have been reduced by 18% compared to 2018 as well. At the same time, AUO is reprocessing waste copper acid into copper rods and waste solvent into auxiliary fuel as part of the factory’s waste reduction and recycling program. Successful internal experience with green manufacturing is now being offered as sustainable solutions through the AUO subsidiary AUO Envirotech in the hopes of encouraging the rest of the industry to join in supporting the vision of sustainability.
As a leader in smart manufacturing, AUO is focusing on digital transformation and making the value-oriented transition from competition on scale to competition on value. By combining its extensive manufacturing experience with AIoT, digital IoT and data analytics, AUO is able to identify maintenance requirements and pain points in old factories and assist with their transformation towards sustainable development. At the same time, it continues to create new opportunities for green manufacturing in the hopes of inspiring other global manufacturing partners to join in mitigating climate change, protecting environmental sustainability, and ultimately, bringing about a new future of endless possibilities based on smart sustainability.