Indian packaging and pharmaceutical glassmaker Piramal Glass has deployed Microsoft’s Azure IoT platform to digitally transform its manufacturing operations.

Piramal Glass has implemented the solution, Real-Time Manufacturing Insights (RTMI), on 46 production lines across its four plants at Kosamba and Jambusar in Gujarat, India, Sri Lanka and the USA.

The plants have an overall capacity of 1375 tons per day, with 12 furnaces and 60 production lines, all of which run on a 24/7 basis.

Piramal Glass has used IoT to get real-time visibility into its line manufacturing operations and to analyse production line losses at various stages. Microsoft helped Piramal Glass acquire data from sensors on production lines to identify quality parameters at each stage and get insights on line efficiencies in real-time.

This resulted in improved production efficiency and cost reduction up to 70% as compared to a glass industry manufacturing execution system (MES).

Vijay Shah, Director, Piramal Glass & Executive Director, said: “Glass manufacturing is a complex process with many interactive variables. Combining digital technologies with precision high-quality glass manufacturing, has helped us fortify our accelerated growth path.”

The Azure IoT platform enabled Piramal Glass to connect and monitor its equipment to gain real-time visibility into operational data that was previously unavailable. The technology integration was designed for fast and easy set-up to rapidly showcase the results and build on its existing sensors, equipment, systems, and data.

Pictured: From left to right: Poorav Sheth, Chief Digital Officer, Piramal Glass; Vijay Shah, Director, Piramal Glass; Virendra Chaudhari, Intelligent Cloud, IoT Global Black Belt, Microsoft; Shailendra Miglani, IoT Global Black Belt, Microsoft India