IoT for intelligent bathrooms

What’s your ideal bathroom like? You can order all the customized bathroom products you need at JOMOO Kitchen & Bath Co., Ltd. (JOMOO), China. By shifting the first factories toward intelligent manufacturing, the company has already shortened its delivery cycles, improved efficiency, and dramatically increased productivity. One factory saw its annual capacity increase by 200 to 400 percent.

JOMOO’s custom bathroom products can be offered to customers thanks to advanced digital technologies. In six of its factories with production lines for products like showers, shower rooms, bathtubs, intelligent toilet lids, and bathroom cabinets, the company based in Nan'an, China, significantly improved its productivity and efficiency and realized the vision of digitalization. 

Siemens has been supporting the company in its transformation toward intelligent manufacturing by providing end-to-end consultation as well as Internet of Things (IoT) integration services. Siemens also delivered overall transformation plans that covered the entire process of operation management and also provided the necessary hardware and software products.

Increase manufacturing flexibility

Although already a renowned manufacturer of kitchen and bath products worldwide, JOMOO had to tackle multiple challenges in order to maintain its competitiveness. For example, in response to the rising demand for customization, the company needed to increase the flexibility of its manufacturing processes. 

Paving the way to the dream 

Siemens started with thorough research on the R&D, production, and operation management at JOMOO. They found that despite a certain level of automation, there was no effective interconnection between devices and processes. In addition, the management of documents and personnel was largely done manually, which can lead to mistakes and difficulties in risk management.

 

To solve these problems, Siemens worked out overall plans to help the factories transform in the direction of intelligent manufacturing and deployed customized IoT solutions. For production, the plan covered factory layout, automation solutions, industrial networks, industrial data acquisition, and more. It also encompassed the entire operation management process including product lifecycle management, manufacturing execution system, order management, and bar code systems.

 

Siemens also provided TIA Portal, NX simulation software, programmable logic controllers, switches, and frequency converters. Siemens also conducted a set of training programs to improve talent cultivation. 

Connected processes

The new model brought about exciting changes. From order to production, all processes were connected. Once an order was placed in a store, it was quickly distributed to factories for R&D, production, and delivery. At the production site, the lean factory layout design substantially increased production efficiency, reduced the number of work-in-process inventories, and enhanced order turnover efficiency. Improved operation management also led to breakthroughs in order and material management.

Annual capacity increased by up to 400 percent

By April 2019, Siemens’ overall plan had been implemented in three factories, where the delivery cycle was shortened, efficiency improved, and productivity greatly increased. For example, the annual capacity of the Xihe factory increased by 200 to 400 percent. In a hardware factory, the number of work-in-process inventories decreased by over 30 percent and production efficiency grew by 15 percent.

 

“Digitalization can’t be achieved overnight. It requires constant investment and effort,” says Wang Xinsheng, Senior Vice President and Partner of Management Consulting for operational areas, IoT Services Unit, Siemens Ltd., China. “We integrate insights from the markets, technologies, and operation management into our solutions and draw the roadmap that will lead to realizing the digital dream with our customers.”

We were able to digitalize our products and services and transform our business in advance of our competitors.
Lin Xiaofa, Chairman of JOMOO Kitchen & Bath Co., Ltd.

Lin Xiaofa, Chairman of JOMOO Kitchen & Bath Co., Ltd. says, “Siemens is our preferred partner on the path to ‘Industrie 4.0.’ By collaborating with Siemens, we were able to digitalize our products and services and transform our business in advance of our competitors. I appreciate Siemens for helping our management team understand the opportunities and challenges brought by digitalization, as well as its impact on business models and the value chain.”

JOMOO has been developing rapidly since 1990 to become one of the most dynamic and powerful international kitchen and bathroom brands. JOMOO products have been sold in more than 20 countries and regions, including Europe, America, the Middle East, Australia, Africa, and Southeast Asia. By adhering to the distinctive idea of "User-oriented Intelligent, Healthy, Green," JOMOO developed the integrated home bathroom industry and has created classics for the world's integrated kitchen and bathroom culture.

Picture credits: JOMOO

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