Accenture goes to Mars to develop “Factory of the Future”

Accenture is working with Mars, the global giant in confectionary, food, and pet care products and services, to transform and modernize its global manufacturing operations with AI, cloud, edge technology and digital twins.

Since late 2020, both companies have been trialling digital twins for Mars’ manufacturing operations to predict and optimize production processes and equipment performance. Digital twins will enable Mars to simulate and validate the results of product and factory adjustments before allocating time and resources in the physical space.

Accenture and Mars will create a new cloud platform for manufacturing applications, data and AI to lay the foundation for its vision of the “Factory of the Future”. With next-gen robotics, AI and automation capabilities, the new platform will streamline operations to increase efficiency, provide workers with real-time performance insights, and will work to address crucial sustainability goals.

Larry Thomas, a senior managing director at Accenture and client account lead for Mars, said: “Our work with Mars is about using the power of data, cloud and edge computing to modernize factories, boost business agility in response to change, and put power in the hands of Mars Associates so they can make informed decisions faster.”

William Beery, vice president, and global CIO at Mars Wrigley, said: “Our collaboration with Accenture, combined with our partnership with Microsoft, enables us to scale digital twin technology to reach this goal, delivering not just significant cost savings and sustainability, but preparing our manufacturing operations for the future of work.”