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How Whirlpool uses an IBM IoT Platform, Data Analytics, and IBM ELM managed by ClearObject to Improve Product Quality

October 31, 2019

In the world of technology, innovating a successful solution for one of your customers is the best story any business can tell. ClearObject has delivered solutions for IoT projects and connected components, data analytics, AI, machine learning, predictive modeling and more—including managed services for organizations using IBM development tools.


In many cases, these solutions go beyond what our customers ever thought possible. One such solution is for Whirlpool and the services they use for IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management—aka IBM ELM—managed by ClearObject.


Read their full story




Whirlpool Corporation is a leading global home appliance company, with approximately USD 21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers in countries around the world.


The Challenge: Improved product quality

Continuous product improvement and quality is an ongoing priority at Whirlpool. So what better way to see how the company’s products are being used and how they’re working than by collecting and analyzing data from the appliances themselves?


One challenge was finding an IoT platform for data analytics and business intelligence of this scope. A second hurdle was finding a cloud platform to support Whirlpool’s global technology and consumer design centers, the new IoT solution, and all the IBM engineering tools these centers rely on.


The Solution: IBM® Watson IoT Platform, plus IBM ELM managed by ClearObject

The Watson IoT Platform gave Whirlpool the solution it needed to securely connect and collect sensor data from appliances to gauge usage, performance, and areas of needed improvement. The company’s engineering groups are using cloud-based IBM ELM services managed by ClearObject to support Watson IoT activities and IBM development tools across Whirlpool’s technology and consumer design centers.


The Result

  • Software validation time reduced by more than 90%

  • Bug-detection time reduced by 90%

  • Improved requirements management, enabling quick adaption of new requirements as needed

  • New software-enabled features—like 3-D navigation and media playback systems—for a seamless user experience

  • Platform integration and collaboration across disciplines, time zones, and supply chains



When you understand that every customer is unique and consistently deliver what they ask for, the result can be a whole library of “success stories.”


See more of them on our Customer Success Stories web page, and then imagine the possibilities for your business.




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