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Big Data meets cement

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OSIsoft has been working with Cemex to improve the performance of their factories worldwide through Big Data.

OSIsoft’s PI System essentially captures all of the data being generated by furnaces, crushers, trucks and other machines. It then serves it up so people can cut energy, optimise processes or prevent failures. In big industries, a 1% cut in energy can mean millions in savings.

Cemex has used the PI System for a long time, but in the past two years, it has adopted additional software layers to port the data to its IT systems for report writing and analysis. The results? Data gathering and data prep for 70 manufacturing sites that used to take over 700 hours can be done in about an hour. That frees up the data scientists. More importantly, it makes it easier for employees to start using Big Data to optimise processes. It is no longer an isolated tool for a few select individuals.

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