On October 1st, 2020, the experts for Digital Transformation, PLM and Smart Factory of the allvisual gmbh from Schwetzingen and the Industry 4.0 team of ProCom have joined forces. allvisual drives the digital transformation with its customers by providing strategy & consulting services around the digital product and is an expert for the conception and implementation of modern solutions for intralogistics, production and maintenance with a focus on the employee 4.0.
In order to increase transparency and efficiency in production, it is a great challenge for many manufacturing companies to find a suitable system that can process the multitude of providers and protocols from the shop floor level and prepare them for the MES above. At this point, the ProCom IoT platform Clouver provides a universal interface for all higher-level systems, including the SAP ME and SAP MII systems used by allvisual. The IoT platform is able to collect all production data from machines, devices and sensors. These are integrated into the respective SAP systems and processed there. If desired, Clouver’s own user interface with individual dashboards and analyses of the production data can also be used and, in turn, integrated with SAP through allvisual implementations. SAP users, but also companies that rely on MES systems from other providers, receive a lean IoT solution with a manageable investment and prompt productivity increase. allvisual and ProCom always align their joint optimization solution with the individual tasks and ROI goals of the customer, so that the customer can quickly and directly benefit from the advantages of Industry 4.0.
Learn more about our partner allvisual here.
Learn more about Clouver here.
At this time, many companies are in the process of reorientation and planning for the future. They see the crisis as an opportunity to advance digitization (VDMA, 2020) and to use new business models, e.g. based on the IoT, to get out of the crisis unscathed (Microsoft, 2020). However, they often have to maintain liquidity and save costs at the same time.
The SmartKit is an addition to ProCom’s Industry 4.0 platform “Clouver”, which enables a quick return on investment, usually within a few months. Using intelligent sensor technology, important data of your machines – whether old or ultra-modern – can be quickly determined with minimal installation effort. The machine operator can manually refine this data via touch panel, for example by selecting reasons for downtimes. In Clouver, users can then find a live digital image of their production, visually prepared in individually designed dashboards. The first measures for production optimization can then often be initiated immediately, so that they quickly benefit from higher productivity. In this way, the modest initial investment is quickly returned. After that, more profit remains and at the same time the first step is taken into the IIoT world of tomorrow.
Users of Clouver…
… identify hidden costs
… maximize productivity and plant efficiency
… always have their key figures in view and can react faster
This is made possible by professional applications like:
- Productivity, real-time and bottleneck analysis
- Remote diagnostics, early warning systems and alarms
- Error statistics and reasons for downtime
- Predictive maintenance
- Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
- Benchmarking and production planning
- Automated production contronlling 24/7
” ‘The more digital the industrial companies are, the faster they will recover from the consequences of the shutdown’. (Berg, 2020) 94 percent [of companies] see Industry 4.0 as the prerequisite for maintaining the competitiveness of German industry. ” (Bitkom, 2020)
The Industry 4.0 Platform Clouver always has the entire production process in focus and provides the crucial information to optimize it sustainably.
Production managers generally know reasons for prolonged downtimes of a cutting machine. However, when the short downtimes add up, the causes of which are often not investigated, there is potential for optimization.
With the new Smart Filter App, it is possible to gain a deeper insight into the production data. Not only messages from the control system and from sensors are visible that display machine statuses. With just one click, downtime reasons – which the machine operator has either selected from adjustable categories or entered himself as a comment – can be displayed. In this way, downtimes are systematically recorded and analyzed. Finally, suitable actions can be defined – for more productivity at lower costs.
A concrete example showed that, in addition to the known reason for regular tool changes, a main reason for downtime was an overflowing leftover crate, for which the safety fence had to be opened repeatedly. With this knowledge, the process was optimized in such a way, that the the crate can now be emptied safely even during ongoing production.
Clouver makes it possible that automatically recorded machine data can be enriched and evaluated with operator knowledge – knowledge from real intelligence.
Discover the new service desk on Clouver! Users can directly create job tickets in case of questions or need for assistance. Clouver as a real-time communication platform between user and provider offers fast support, for easy creation of your individual Industry 4.0 solution. More details about Clouver: https://procom-automation.de/en/industry/clouver/
Many reasons for a downtime remain undetected, because machine operators quickly fix them without recording it. In whatever fact the problem resides, if you know it, you can improve it. Herefore, Clouver now provides statistics for production managers! With the new Clouver widget „Interruption Statistic Widget”, the overall equipment effectiveness will increase and thus the result will be better.
Our brand new Clouver widget „stacked bar chart“ delivers a comfortable overview of machine conditions over an extended period of time.
Track your machines’ long term performance and increase productivity.
Test Clouver free now. Click here for further information.
bullmer at the Texprocess trade fair, 14.-17.5.2019, Messe Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Hall 4, Stand B60
Bullmer, as leading supplier of automatic cutting solutions, now integrates Clouver in its product range. With Clouver, ProCom’s Inudstry4.0 solution, you get a comprehensive insight into real-time production flows and ensure a maximum degree of machine availability. Come and find out about it on Texprocess, 14 – 17 May 2019 in Frankfurt am Main (Hall 4 Booth B60).
Do you often deal with questions as “Why was the production standing still? Why was material missing? Why did the machine only work at 60% output? Why did the scrap increase and why did it come to an adjustment of the machines parameterization?”
In order to get the right answers to these important questions you need appropriate information that will provide necessary hints to understand the cause of your loss of productivity.
Using Clouver will help you there. With the OEE value, Clouver provides you with an indicator, and thus with the ability to detect and resolve productivity losses from downtime or short term interruptions, from production output or scrap. Find the right approaches to sustainably increase the production efficiency.
But what exactly is the story behind the term OEE? OEE stands for Overall Equipment Effectiveness.
Determined from availability, performance, and quality, this value indicates what percentage of the time the machine has been productive and how much of its productivity has been lost due to interruptions, downtime, or rejects. In the automotive industry the regulation automotive standard IATF 16949 since September 2018 prescribes, that maintenance and service goals must inter alia be documented with the OEE standard.
If you would like to learn more about OEE or increasing productivity with Clouver, please contact us!