- ConnECKt 4.0
Everybody is talking about Industry 4.0. People, machines, equipment, logistics and products communicate and cooperate together in an intelligently networked production. In order to ensure this interoperability and a safe operation the standardized interconnectivity of all components in a production system is an important prerequisite.
Especially small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), which represent 99 percent of all companies in Germany and Europe, can show their strengths through a cross-manufacturer cooperation and provide the desired holistic solution to the customers, in order to achieve more transparency and a higher productivity in the factory.
In the Industry Business Network 4.0 e.V. association numerous innovative manufacturers, service providers and users work together to develop products for Industry 4.0 for you - from SMEs for SMEs!
In the FabManager you can create a complete visualization of your production with all assets, production sections, rooms and locations. With this previously not available, detailed overview you always have the full transparency of what happens in your production.
The dashboard is designed to monitor plant-specific equipment such as wearing parts or technical gases. However, it can unfold its full potential through event based notifications or an integration of existing ERP systems.
Understand how much energy your production consumes and at which time this occurs. Thus, you can control the energy and utility consumption more targeted. For example, set limits to simply minimize expensive peaks during energy consumption.
In your dashboard, you can easily download the software and applications that support you in your daily work. Apps rely on a standardized solution and therefore hardly require further implementation.
Monitor and inspect the utilization of your assets throughout your entire production facility over longer periods of time. Make use of this information to increase the efficiency of your assets.
Get the maintenance status of your entire machinery quickly and at a glance. Manage each scheduled maintenance without having to inspect all assets manually.
The dashboard allows you to use additional services directly from your machine-suppliers. In future, you do not have to be concerned with the reordering of wearing parts, but you can focus on your business.
The dashboard complements your existing infrastructure perfectly and is designed to connect to MES, ERP and other enterprise management systems.
This use case shows how seamless communication between humans, machines & software creates a fully adaptable production system. Although this might be a vision to most companies yet, the Industry Business Network 4.0 and it’s members are making every effort to reach this next step of connectivity through standardization and cross-vendor interoperability. We believe that use cases like these can bring the true added value of Industry 4.0 to the productions of small and medium sized manufacturers and ensure their global competitiveness for generations to come.
Customer order is retrieved from the existing ERP system.
An employee nests the job, sends it to a vacant cutting system and reserves a suitable sheet of mild steel.
All processes around this topic are interconnected cross-vendor. Information regarding material, processes & workpiece is always being handed on.
Cut parts are being examined via camera, equipped with pattern recognition software and rescheduled if they don’t meet dimensional accuracy requirements.
To provide highest process stability, all welding machines, welders and process parameters are centrally managed within a welding management app.