A few days back we had the opportunity to take part in the Industry 4.0 NOW Crowdhackathon organised by Crowdpolicy and SEV. A fantastic 48+ hours working along with great minds, learning from very experienced and open-minded mentors, and creating a product specific for the industry.
In this hachathon, we decided to build something on top of our core product that can apply to the production and manufacturing industry. The industry is facing many challenges, and in some of the initial interviews we had with the experts, we got to see the following come up frequently:
- Raw material planning
- Just-in-time production
- Corrective actions
- Data driven decision making
Thus we decided to create a prototype that links to the existing ERP systems while utilising our existing product to prove quick value to the industrial customers.
We took the case of a machine; a simple machine that users nylon to pack the products.
We also took a few assumptions:
- The machine is already filled with some raw material that we know its remaining quantity by linking to the plant's system
- We know the throughput of the machine and the shifts of the plant
- There is a certain quantity of raw material in the warehouse, coming from the inventory management system
- We are expecting a shipment to arrive and we are tracking it in Orderstate
Taking all these into account, we optimise so that we always have raw material for the machine while never having too much stock:
Of course, we wanted to make sure that all this is completely integrated:
At the end of the 2-days, this is the prototype we came up with:
You will see the system getting data from the various sources, use Orderstate intelligence to predict arrival times and suggest time to reorder.
What you will also see, is that eventually we placed the new order directly from the dashboard view with one click!
At the end of the day we managed to:
- create an MVP of a product that we will take to market
- get invaluable feedback both on the industry and on our product
- meet super interesting people to keep the discussions going
It was a great experience overall, and we look forward to the next hack 🚀!