New release from Bright Machines is said to enable insights that can help optimize production efficiency, improve quality

December 16, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO—A new software application from Bright Machines is intended to help manufacturers make quicker decisions by giving them easy access to production information. Brightware Insights, the second of Bright Machines’ product offerings, focuses on delivering manufacturing process improvements through data analytics and easy-to-interpret visualizations that are available on the edge and in the cloud, the company said in a release.

Brightware Insights complements the company’s Brightware Studio offering, released in September 2021. The application is said to drive actionable insights that can help optimize production efficiency, improve quality, and increase equipment uptime. Each Brightware application is also said to offer additional functionality on top of the Bright Machines Microfactory, a programmable assembly line for flexible, automated assembly.

The application is said to enable global manufacturers to improve their factory operations by using data, aggregated across microfactories, to analyze key performance indicators (KPIs). Using a cloud-based application architecture, Brightware Insights provides standardized data modeling and visualization templates tailored to a range of users, from quality and process engineers on the factory floor to manufacturing leaders at the plant and corporate level, the company said in the release.

“Our customers understand that intelligent automation reduces much of the complexity in manufacturing, helping them to be more responsive and flexible in a dynamic market environment,” said Lior Susan, interim CEO and co-founder, Bright Machines, in the release. “Brightware Insights extends our current full-stack offering with enhanced functionality that equips manufacturers with software to better understand their operations and drive process improvements with meaningful business impact.”

Brightware Insights enhances factory operations, according to Bright Machines, by working out of the box, enabling data-based decision-making, and giving users access from anywhere. It also enables performance benchmarking, trend analysis, and traceability, the company said.

Because the software standardizes data that is captured, it’s possible to compare performance across multiple microfactory lines. According to Bright Machines, this allows for greater process standardization across a company’s manufacturing facilities. Trend analysis is also possible because Brightware Insights offers the capability to ingest all of the data coming from a customer’s microfactory lines and store it in the cloud. By spotting correlations and trends in the historical data, users can gain a deeper understanding of what is happening on the microfactory lines, the company said.

“Traditional factory automation often lacks the seamless data integration that manufacturers need for multi-line optimizations, making large-scale production upgrades challenging, and limiting business value,” said Abhishek Pani, CPO, Bright Machines, in the release. “Brightware Insights makes it possible to directly access meaningful decision-making data, not only for engineers on the factory floor, but also for the managers responsible for automation projects across locations.”




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