Elekta adopts PTC ThingWorx on Microsoft Azure to improve uptime for clinicians and increase patient volume

PTC announced on Wednesday that Elekta is extending its remote services transformation by implementing PTC’s ThingWorx Industrial Innovation Platform, powered by Microsoft Azure, to gain an analytical understanding of the data collected from its devices in the field. The ThingWorx Platform will also enable Elekta to innovate faster by gaining greater product performance and service insights.

Founded in Stockholm in 1972 by Lars Leksell, a professor of neurosurgery at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Elekta has grown into a publicly-traded medical technology group with 3,600 employees and operational assets in more than 6,000 medical facilities around the globe.

Elekta has been at the forefront of the digital revolution, being among the first to seek new ways to generate added value for its customers by connecting, monitoring, and remotely servicing its machinery. The initial strategy Elekta implemented was remote service capabilities through Elekta IntelliMax. Running on PTC’s ThingWorx Platform, Elekta IntelliMax provides securely-controlled remote access and predictive maintenance of its machines.

PTC helps companies reinvent the way they design, manufacture, operate, and service products in and for a smart, connected world. In 1986, it revolutionized digital 3D design, and in 1998 came to market with Internet-based product lifecycle management. Today, its industrial innovation platform and field-proven solutions enable users to unlock value at the convergence of the physical and digital worlds. With PTC, manufacturers and an ecosystem of partners and developers can capitalize on the promise of the Internet of Things and augmented reality technology and drive the future of innovation.

The ThingWorx Platform integrates with Microsoft Azure IoT to enable Elekta to connect thousands of assets from Elekta customers around the globe, enabling product performance visibility to improve uptime for clinicians and increase patient volume. Elekta already remotely fixes more than 30 percent of all machine issues. With greater product insights, Elekta expects to further enhance predictive maintenance capabilities, enabling users to save significant travel time and cost, and, even more importantly, avoid unplanned clinical downtime, which can negatively impact patient treatment regimens.

The ThingWorx platform delivers analytics functionality that enhances outcomes while improving user efficiency. Its standard libraries of statistical calculation services reduce coding requirements to make it easier and faster for application developers to perform many common data transformations required for deeper data understanding and data preparation for advanced analytics, while its standard libraries of statistical monitoring services reduce coding requirements to make it faster and easier for application developers to implement statistical process control rules for monitoring of assets or processes.

The platform also provides automated time series transformations make it faster and easier to deploy predictive models in ThingWorx applications;

predictive models are improved with features that automate data preparation to eliminate feature redundancy, and transform data to predict two or more time periods in the future; and the addition of a new learning algorithm and an ensembling technique to automated model training capabilities deepens analytics functionality.

“Almost 1.5 million patients are treated with Elekta’s systems each year,” said Daniel Kingham, remote service program director, Elekta. “The importance of not missing a single treatment is absolutely paramount to each of them on both a physical and emotional level. It is unacceptable to deny a patient a scheduled treatment due to machine failure. Elekta IntelliMax, powered by PTC ThingWorx and Microsoft Azure, enables automated alerts predicting parts failures, proactive calls to customers to resolve issues that may cause interruptions, and immediate responses to customer service requests.”

“We are delighted to continue to support Elekta as it becomes more proactive in its service initiatives,” said Catherine Kniker, chief revenue officer, ThingWorx, PTC. “Elekta’s commitment to leveraging ThingWorx is a clear validation of the value the platform provides and the results it delivers in helping Elekta maintain its life saving technologies.”


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