Glass packaging company Piramal Glass has partnered with technology major Microsoft to deploy its Azure IoT platform in a move to digitally transform its manufacturing operations.

The company has implemented Real-Time Manufacturing Insights (RTMI) solution across 46 production lines at four plants located in Kosamba and Jambusar, India, Sri Lanka, and the US.

According to the company, the four facilities together have 12 furnaces and 60 production lines with a capacity to produce 1,375t per day.

Microsoft used Azure IoT Hub to assist Piramal Glass to identify quality parameters at each production stage through data acquired from sensors on production lines as well as to gain insights on line efficiencies.

The packaging firm has experienced improved production efficiency and up to 70% cost reduction when compared to its current glass industry manufacturing execution system (MES).

Piramal Glass director Vijay Shah said: “As the world’s most preferred supplier of glass packaging solutions, Piramal Glass is committed to continuously adding value to its customers.

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“Combining digital technologies with precision high-quality glass manufacturing has helped us fortify our accelerated growth path.”

“We are happy to have collaborated with Microsoft on our journey towards digital transformation and business-critical future readiness. Glass manufacturing is a complex process with many interactive variables.

“Combining digital technologies with precision high-quality glass manufacturing has helped us fortify our accelerated growth path.”

Piramal Glass has achieved real-time visibility into operational data by using Azure IoT platform to connect and monitor the equipment.

Piramal Glass designs and produces premium glass packaging to customers in more than 50 countries globally.

The company serves a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, cosmetics and perfumery, as well as speciality food and beverage.