The manufacturing industry can particularly profit from the potential offered by Industry 4.0 and an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concerning process optimization and realization of new business models.
The Smart Factory operating according to the principles of Industry 4.0, is the key. Here, all systems, processes, and data are interlinked consistently and control themselves. The central component for this Smart Factory is the use of a modern Manufacturing Execution (ME) solution, such as VALERIS from WSW Software, that maps all production lines and workstations and communicates bi-directionally with the manufacturing systems via OPC UA and other interfaces.
This enables you to horizontally network data and processes on the shop floor and makes production completely transparent: an important prerequisite for further process optimization, seamless tracking and tracing, and Industry 4.0 scenarios. Another major advantage is that the ME solution can be connected to an existing ERP system or a JIS and logistics platform via interfaces.
Would you like to pave the way to a Smart Factory through a future-proof MES concept in connection with a state-of-the-art ME solution or efficient M2M scenarios? We look forward to advising you. Please feel free to call or e-mail us.
This horizontal and vertical integration creates a digital process chain, which offers a real-time view of the entire production and is seamlessly linked to the planning and control processes. At the same time, you lay the foundation for innovations and competitive business models such as lot-size-1 production or predictive maintenance.
Our modern ME system VALERIS is perfectly suited to realize your MES requirements for more transparency and complete traceability of products and processes. It maps all production lines and workstations as a digital twin and reflects the processes in the store floor and the production logic one to one. Target-performance comparisons of process parameters are performed in real time. Process interlocking functions automatically intervene in case of irregularities and lock the production if necessary. Industry 4.0 and IIoT functions complete the system.
The basic requirement for Industry 4.0 is machine-to-machine communication (M2M), which creates a direct data flow between an IT solution – ERP system or JIS and logistics platform – and the control and test systems on the shop floor. This offers you several advantages.
Production orders in the course of a sequence call can be entered in the machine control in the correct order via M2M. Conversely, actual data can be read out from the machine control and linked to the production number. This increases process transparency. You can track the status of every order seamlessly and promptly answer possible customer inquiries.
At the same time, data – regarding downtimes, setup, run and rework times or yield and scrap quantities – from a control system provides starting points for the optimization of deployment and utilization of systems and personnel in production and the reduction of order throughput times. These are business-critical factors for JIS production.
We develop M2M scenarios in the JIS environment using our JIS and logistics platform LOJISTIX®. It is the central pacesetter for your JIS processing and can communicate with production controls and systems via OPC-UA.
Whether you would like to implement a future-oriented MES concept or an M2M scenario. We at WSW Software support you with our entire consulting and process know-how and services from a single source. If required, we can supplement our shop floor expertise with that of a highly qualified partner in the areas of electrical planning, automation, instrumentation and control (I&C), PLC programming, factory planning, and implementation.