Ecolab faced several challenges including paper-based documentation with millions of handwritten documents generated every year, which was time consuming, leading to a lot of inefficiencies and trapped data. They also had no real-time visibility into manufacturing facilities.
Ecolab adopts the ThingWorx IIoT Platform
Ecolab is a leading global provider of water, hygiene, and infection prevention services at nearly three million customer locations in more than 40 industries. For the last 99 years, they have been finding innovative solutions to use science to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges, mainly around water, food, health and climate.
Ecolab is now focused on automation and digital transformation within healthcare, surgical, and manufacturing facilities. This includes implementing new equipment, software, and other technologies that collect and analyze data to improve product quality and identify efficiencies.
Alleviating Challenges Faced by Healthcare Facilities
Ecolab needed a solution that would take them from ‘paper to glass,’ automating labor-intensive tasks and creating a fail-safe operating environment. After vetting many options, they selected PTC’s ThingWorx Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Platform. PTC is a Rockwell Automation Strategic Alliance Partner.
Ecolab purchased through Rockwell because they wanted to leverage Rockwell’s OT (operational technology) experience. They chose the ThingWorx IIoT Platform for a few reasons, including the desire for an IoT platform that connects all their different data sources from the manufacturing floor to ERP systems. They didn’t want data to be siloed or inaccessible.
Additionally the ThingWorx IIoT Platform is a “future-proof solution” that allows Ecolab to scale both the system’s functionality and its use at other manufacturing sites. The ability to customize the platform was also a plus. They wanted a modern user interface, centered around the operator, with high-quality data that could be used to make high-quality decisions.