Conquering new markets with the Smart Factory
In the video, Richard Scheiber explains how Daetwyler proceeded specifically in setting up the system landscape.
An important element in setting up a Smart Factory was the introduction of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) as the heart of Industry 4.0. To this end, Daetwyler first evaluated an MES partner who had expertise in cable production and could optimally map its own production processes in the system. The following functionalities were in the foreground for Richard Scheiber:
- Order management, material management (batch) in connection with the plant process data
- Equipment and tool management, quality management and maintenance
- Detailed planning
You can find out more about MES in the Eraneos e-paper "MES - Manufacturing Execution System - The key to highly agile production?
Another major challenge in setting up a smart factory is that industrial companies cannot usually renew the entire production facilities one-to-one (greenfield), but rather build the smart factory on an existing machine park (brownfield). In this context, Daetwyler IT Infra has so far equipped about 50 machines with connectivity in production. However, not all machines could be upgraded immediately. For example, there were various machines whose controls did not have an OPC UA interface. Here, Daetwyler worked closely with the respective machine and plant
manufacturers to be able to read out the necessary data from the machine control system. A great advantage for Daetwyler in this context was the availability of its own competent system engineers.
In the view of Adrian Bolliger, Managing Director Europe, a critical success factor for the success of such a project is the commitment and involvement of management. They have to find the balance between empowerment and self-commitment, allow mistakes and learn to deal with uncertainties and imperfections. In particular, they have to get out of their comfort zone and try out new things, as well as rethink existing business models.
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