Ryobi utilises the Smart Manufacturing Data Hub to unlock value from their data

Founded in 1990 in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, Ryobi Aluminium Casting produce aluminium components using the high pressure die casting process for the automotive industry with customers including Volkswagen, PSA Group, Jaguar Land Rover, and Magna. They are part of the Ryobi Group who were founded as a die casting company in Japan in 1943 and have expanded steadily to include multiple manufacturing facilities across Japan, China, USA, Mexico, Thailand, and Europe. Ryobi is certified to ISO 14001 and continually monitors and reduces energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and waste by setting long and short-term goals.



Ryobi has ambitious low carbon targets and want to get better insights from their energy consumption and production data to identify areas where energy could be saved. 
They had already installed a large number of submeters on site to measure the energy consumption or their production equipment, such as die cast machines, at 15-minute intervals. However, these data were not being visualised or analysed alongside other critical business information, such as production outputs, therefore their value was limited. 







Ryobi undertook a project with the Smart Manufacturing Data Hub to develop a dashboard that would combine data from Ryobi’s electricity meters for two different die cast machines with production output and OEE data for the same machines. Additionally, granular tariff data was added to the analysis to allow Ryobi to analyse how the variable cost of electricity impacted on their production cost.
The data analysed was summarised at different time granularity, i.e. daily, weekly, and monthly to provide both low-level insights and a higher-level summary to showcase longer-term trends. Data from two different die cast machines, which had made the same parts during the observation period, were included in the analysis to allow a comparison of different equipment.
The dashboard also provided functionality to compare production and energy consumption KPIs between specific days with more granular insights about the energy consumption profile for either day. This allowed the user to compare days with very good performance alongside those with poorer performance and identify potential root causes of inefficient energy use or increased energy costs.


Ryobi were very pleased with the dashboards provided by the Smart Manufacturing Data Hub and has been able to realise the value of combining their submeter data alongside production data to establish more insight on key metrics. The insight was shared with various departments within the company for further discussion and has created a good business case for investment in an energy platform for their site. Going forward Ryobi plan to continue using the Manufacturing Data Exchange Platform to explore how their data can further inform their production processes. The company’s project engineer has joined the Smart Manufacturing Community and Academy and is keen to access the latest digital tools and resources that can support Ryobi’s digital journey. 
Ryobi Dashboard
Ryobi Dashboard
Ryobi Dashboard
Ryobi Dashboard
Ryobi Dashboard
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