Global wind turbine leader, Vestas turns to digitalized data to help usher in the next generation of sustainable energy
Vestas is building next-generation, eco-friendly solutions, ensuring a more sustainable future
Leveraging PTC’s Operator Advisor all manufacturing instructions are now available via easy to digest
visual directions, reducing dependency on paper-based manuals
Vestas improves first time build rate and better-quality outcomes for products that include thousands
of components needing precise assembly
Installing more than 17% of the global wind
capacity, Vestas has been at the forefront of wind
energy for 40 years, introducing market-leading
wind energy solutions that have driven the down
cost of energy and taken wind energy from niche
to mainstream. With more than 23,000
employees, industry-leading smart data
capabilities, and an unparalleled number of wind
turbines in service, Vestas is driving the future of
sustainable energy solutions.
Building some of the most complex and in-demand
offerings in today’s eco-friendly world, Vestas was
looking to improve a manufacturing process that
requires numerous shop floor workers to put
together thousands of materials in a critical stepby-
step process. With a build process that is so
dynamic, their machines require very detailed work
instructions that had been traditionally printed on
hundreds of pages of paper. An industry visionary,
Vestas also frequently adds the latest technologies
into their products, meaning that initial work
instructions have to be updated to meet the latest
specifications and best practices each time there is
an upgrade or an engineering change.
Currently, as part of the product planning team’s
role, workers have to visit each shop and check
that every workflow has the latest information –
creating a lengthy review process and
unnecessary travel costs. Adding to this, the
archaic process required workers to manually sift
through numerous pages of instructions that may not be relevant to their specific job function,
further stifling productivity. Also, as with many
organizations in the manufacturing space, some
of the company’s most experienced workers are
nearing retirement age and possess a wealth of
knowledge that needs to be captured and
archived. All in all, Vestas knew that the methods
in place were not sustainable in today’s ultracompetitive
smart manufacturing world and
decided to kick off a search to find a partner who
could help them improve these workflows.
During their search for Industry 4.0 technology, it
became clear that the company needed to take a
digital-first approach to their manufacturing and
reduce their reliance on paper-based instructions.
To do so, Vestas is adopting an entirely digital
turbine production process – everything from
CAD design to manufacturing. The company
turned to PTC’s ThingWorx Operator Advisor,
which equips machine operators with the relevant
information they need to identify and complete
tasks – including role-specific digital work order
information and instructions with rich CAD drawings and videos –
all in a single interface.
Because of the pre-built, configurable building
blocks provided through the ThingWorx platform,
the full deployment of Operator Advisor – from
conceptualization to hitting the factory floor – will
take Vestas less than half of the time if the
company was looking to roll out an in-house
solution. The company is also hoping that with the
build instructions not having to be printed out, it
will help remove a large amount of the work of that
the product planning team is currently doing.
Introducing a technology that provides a
multitude of workforce enhancement capabilities
to a labor-intensive production ensures Vestas’
manufacturing floor employees will have access
to all of the information needed to complete
their job, digitally and in real-time. This will help
ease the impacts felt by the veteran employees
retiring and combat the current volatility that the
manufacturing space is facing around employee
retention. Additionally, this will have far-reaching
impacts on things like safety and reductions in
training times as the technology will not only
provide the floor worker with the task at hand,
but the best way to complete it.
ThingWorx Operator Advisor has transformed the way we deliver information to our employees on the shop floor. We’ve gone from providing text-based instructions via paper manuals, to delivering work instructions with the 3D CAD files from PLM. The information is now delivered in context, letting employees focus on the task at hand, rather than digging around the various IT and OT systems for the right information.
Mark Jaxion, Senior Strategy Specialist Lead of IoT and Industry 4.0, Vestas
Vestas and PTC’s partnership will continue to
pay dividends as the company plans for the next generation of smart manufacturing
technologies, as only PTC provided the
operational data display through digital, 3D,
video, and augmented reality that they were
looking for. With this technology in place,
Vestas believes they are set up for success in a
factory of the future, with a road map of how
they can easily integrate this data with other
smart tools and even robots.
Furthermore, and true to its culture, Vestas is
also looking to build a sustainable solution on
their shop floor by minimizing its ecological
footprint through Operator Advisor. The hope
is that the technology will also allow the
company to remove print and copy machines
and countless boxes of paper from all
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Results"ThingWorx Operator Advisor has transformed the way we deliver information to our employees on the shop floor."
~ Mark Jaxion, Senior Strategy Specialist Lead of IoT and Industry 4.0, Vestas
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