To permanently establish Industry 4.0, the existing isolated solutions have to make way for consistent standards. A fully interconnected “Smart Factory” only works if the collected machine data is exchanged and used. That does not only concern the plant itself but also new emerging value-added networks. But developing new standards in comprehensive committees mostly takes […]
An SMS group steel plant was ordered by Voestalpine Böhler Edelstahl. The plant will have a size of 50.000 sq m and it will set new standards in energy efficiency and innovative automation of the production processes, according to SMS group. Read more about it: steeltimesint.com China plans to reduce steel production To reduce air […]
Design Thinking is an approach for solving problems and finding new innovative ideas creatively. Products, which are developed that way, always consider the requirements of the user and how the product can fulfill them best. Interdisciplinary teams work together in iterative processes, involve the customer right from the start and quickly develop first prototypes. Based […]
Our partner University4Industry offers the opportunity to gain exclusive insights to relevant issues of Industry 4.0. Theory is fine and dandy, but how can knowledge be transferred into practice? The free learning videos and tests give, among others, answers to the following questions: How can methods of Advanced Analytics or Machine Learning help using data […]
Industrial companies hope to fully flexibilize their production with Industry 4.0. Ideally, all component parts are constructed in a highly customer-oriented way, in batch size 1 and preferably in real time. This sounds like a futuristic vision, but it is already reality in the production of spare parts. Thanks to additive manufacturing, the first individually […]
DepotCity offers comprehensive storage and fulfillment solutions where you rent and pay a stockyard only if you really need it – without minimum term. Using DepotCity you do not need any knowledge of logistics. In addition, thanks to transparent price and process structures, you can focus on your core business. Learn more about Depotcity.
Digital products are a very important part of digital transformation. This raises many questions, especially for SMEs: How to tackle the development of digital products? Which methodologies are available? Which one fits best? In our new series, we will show you what this is about and what is important in this context. The first article […]
6. Lack of willingness to embrace Digital Transformation In 2016, a survey of the Institute of German Economy in Cologne states that SMEs hesitate to occupy themselves with digital transformation. Not much has changed since then. Many companies declare that they are inhibited by their employees’ resistance to change. In addition, they are still uncertain […]
The VR tool Cross Connected® from our new partner R3DT simplifies a fast development of virtual prototypes. Plants and processes can be visualized better and reviewed faster thanks to the VR tool. As a consequence, the development of new products is accelerated, time-to market is reduced and money is saved. Get to know more about […]
The German Hannover Messe is coming to the International Manufacturing Show IMTS on 10-15 September 2018 in Chicago. Together, they aim to bring about the largest event of manufacturing technology in Northern America. According to the organizer, 115.000 international visitors have already registered to exchange about topics such as integrated automation. Read more about it: […]
7. High investment costs Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) promise companies competitive advantages and an innovative boost. However, many companies are put off by the investment costs. Especially SMEs are uncertain about how to tackle a digital transformation strategy in general and which investment costs lie ahead of them. That does […]
Whether at work or at home, the number of connectivity devices is increasing and so is the risk of getting malware. A growing amount of data is being exchanged via the Internet of Things. Thus protecting the data becomes extremely important, especially in the cooperate context, since sensitive customer and production data is being processed […]
An improved overall equipment efficiency and Shiftconnector – how are they linked? A transparent exchange of information about the availability and performance of a plant helps to analyze and evaluate the overall equipment efficiency and to minimize losses. In addition, potential optimizations can be identified and used on management, maintenance and shift level, thanks to […]
Industry 4.0 is characterized by an increasing connectivity of plants and the comprising analysis and evaluation of the collected data. This development causes two separate worlds to grow together– the Information Technology (IT) and the Operational Technology (OT). We are going to explain what IT and OT are about and how they can benefit from […]
German small and mid-sized companies can generate up to 126 billion Euro of additional added-value with consistent digital transformation until 2025. This is based on the McKinsey & Company’s study “Die Digitalisierung des deutschen Mittelstands”. In comparison to other industries the biggest potential can be found, amongst others, in the metal and electrical industry – namely […]
We are pleased to welcome aucobo in our Industrial App Store. Smartwatches connect people and machines and simplify the communication among employees. This guarantees an effective communication without unnecessary coordination or detours. Important information gets immediately to the right person. Get to know more about aucobo.
8. Availability of digital infrastructures Digital transformation revolutionizes the metal industry. Software, that intelligently collects data, becomes the most important competitive factor. That means, that the underlying infrastructure has to be available 24/7! Industrial companies cannot achieve this alone, because it requires high investments in areas that are not their core business. Luckily, there is […]
We welcome a new partner in our Industrial App Store. HOLOneering expands the real world with simulation results, measurement data and CAD geometries via augmented reality. Using augmented reality glasses, simulation results can be visualized in a minimum of time. This eliminates the need for expensive measurement technology to compare simulation and component. Get to […]
9. Scalability of software projects Digital transformation and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) put high requirements on the scalability of software projects. In times of Big Data and an increasing connectivity, software has to be highly efficient and flexibly expandable. The vertical as well as the horizontal scalability have to be taken into account. More […]
In terms of digital transformation, the German metal industry is not as advanced as other industries. The steel industry can act as an enabler and open up the potential of digital transformation within the added-value network. Large-scale enterprises are way out in front of everyone. The small business sector must be careful not to miss […]
We are pleased to welcome scitis.io as another partner on our platform. Thanks to the set of tools of scitis.io, your machine and plant data is managed and evaluated in the cloud. This enables a real-time analysis of processes and optimizes them using machine learning. Due to the modular structure of the CloudPlugs, the most […]
Industrial Security is about securing information technology in industrial plants, including their machines and systems. Not only the IT security of the company network is important, but the security of interconnected plants and production chains. They are part of flexible value-added networks, that, as part of the digital transformation, are increasingly used to produce ever-changing […]
10. Knowledge Management In the increasingly networked and flexible value chains, important information have to be available to everyone in an easy and fast way. But how can you find existing knowledge, manage it in a smart way and make it generally available? Knowledge transfer only succeeds through interaction. That is why companies have to […]
In Germany, the manufacturing sector was able to increase production and the order situation at the rolling mills is positive. The situation is unchanged in neighboring France. The demand from the construction and automotive industries is healthy. According to MEPS, one reason for the lack of growth were many holidays in May. Read the full […]
The origin of the term Minimal Viable Products lies in the Silicon Valley. Is an idea promising? Can it work? Such questions can be answered quickly by using and MVP and without great expense or time. The goal is not to develop an all-embracing product, but rather to validate ideas and create the ability to […]
The mySMS group platform is the place where users and suppliers of digital solutions from the industry meet. Thanks to our own applications and the products of our partners, we continue growing and want to help you with your digital transformation. Marc Pudelski explains how our platform can support your business.
The Automation Readiness Index 2018 The Economist Intelligence Unit study compares countries around the world and shows how far they have advanced in terms of automation. The digital transformation brings new technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) with it, enhancing the question of future challenges and opportunities. Experts from business and universities evaluate […]
The term digital twin refers to a virtual, computer-based model of a product, process or service. In this way, the real and the virtual world are connected by sending the sensor data of the material object to the digital twin. This virtual image of a machine or plant thus enables the analysis of large amounts […]
Would you like to get an idea of the success of your maintenance measures, to learn more about your collected alarm data and to keep the knowledge of your employees in your company? We explain how you can achieve this with Smart Alarm.
This year, the world’s largest iron and steel technology conference and exposition (AISTech), on 7 – 10 May, is expecting more than 7,000 visitors and hosting over 500 exhibitors. At this steel industry event in Philadelphia, USA, experts meet to discuss new technologies to increase the productivity of steel plants. In addition, the AISTech offers […]