Evernet for factory?

Evernet  Everyone, everytime, everywhere with everything connected.

In the meantime, being connected with everyone from everywhere is a prerequisite for private life. Facebook, Twitter and the like assure continuous availability – and this is justifiably expected for the production facilities of the future as well. At first, the idea of globally networked production processes by means of which machines communicate with each other directly, forward data acquired with sensors and learn from each other sounds like a science function vision. Nevertheless, many of the factors which are seen as prerequisites for Industry 4.0 are reality already today.

 

Digitization, automation and the use of portable devices will change production processes and consumption patterns. Machine and electronics manufacturers will be able to profit from these developments equally. Smart factories will enable fully networked production – and thus enormous increases in efficiency. But only those who know how to exploit the key technologies of the future such as cloud computing, big data, analytics, mobility, M2M communication and the Internet of things will be able to lay the foundation for lasting success.

Industry 4.0 – For us no foreign concept

Rehm is one of the world’s leading suppliers of reflow soldering systems for PCB production. Early on, the system developers from Blaubeuren recognized the fact that computer-aided sequences assure that conditions are held constant even in highly complex, sensitive systems.

Product relevant information and data are exchanged amongst workpieces and manufacturing equipment by reading the respective barcodes, so that production of PCBs can be automated and run in accordance with specified parameters and predefined profiles.

The product developers at Rehm have used these "Intelligent Software Solutions" to create a system by means of which their equipment can be reliably controlled and monitored. It’s a closed system consisting of monitoring tools and various modules, each of which completes its own individual Task, for example tools for the performance of consumption measurements in real-time. Furthermore, traceability concepts and remote maintenance in the field of service represent initial steps towards the implementation of Industry 4.0.

Modular concept for more flexibility

The modular system can be assembled into individualized packages and matched to the customer’s respective requirements. Custom tailored master software is available for each system type. Whether the systems are monitored and controlled centrally from a terminal or in a wireless, location-independent fashion via a tablet PC can be decided in accordance with actual needs and is individually planned as part of any given customer project.

In the long-run, augmented reality will make it possible to keep an eye on all machine data during maintenance and repair work, and to control maintenance tasks via cloud computing in time.

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