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Automated coil release made easy with QES

30. October 2019
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Even today, quality grading in most rolling plants is not an automated process. A great deal of time and effort is invested in quality supervision on a human level, for example pinpointing the exact cause of defects. Any anomalous or divergent quality data requires decisions and action to be taken by the monitoring personnel, such […]

Smart Alarm in practice

29. May 2019
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It’s 7:00 on Tuesday morning. Start of shift at the branch of Bharat Forge in North Rhine-Westphalia. Dirk Brozio, head of maintenance, sits at his workplace. Red and yellow bars appear on the screen in front of him, running through the picture at various intervals. Brozio explains: “This is the live alarm data that the […]

Fullstack Developer Hüseyin @ SMS digital: ” I mainly want to solve problems.”

19. November 2018
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Intelligent machines communicate with each other via IoT platforms – these are no longer dreams of the future. These platforms need to be programmed and millions of data from the machines and plants have to be analyzed. Therefore, software developers like Hüseyin are in high demand, because of the growing skills shortage. He is a […]

SMS digital at Handelsblatt Industriegipfel in Duisburg

7. November 2018
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Discussing about disruptive changes and factory 4.0. User centric development of products and production in batch size one become a major competitive factor, says Stefan Aßmann from Bosch. One further insight: the digital mindset of the employees and a close cooperation between companies finally lead to added value on the way to digitalization and Industrie […]

Top 10 Pain Points of the Industry: Lack of Know-how

10. October 2018
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1. Lack of Know-how Disruptive changes, like Industrie 4.0 lead to a full restructuring of an existing market. Problems are suddenly tackled and solved in a completely new way. Normally it is not part of the core competence of existing market players to initiate or to implement such a change. Because they often lack the appropriate […]

Top 10 Pain Points of the Industry – Skills Shortage

4. October 2018
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2. Skills Shortage Digital transformation in a company can only succeed if qualified employees are involved. However, there is still a widespread deficiency. There is a chronic skills shortage and at the same time new job profiles are created with digital transformation that haven’t been there before. Companies lack the knowledge of how to develop […]

Benefits of Software as a Service (SaaS) at a glance

26. September 2018
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In Software as a Service solutions, you accesses the corresponding IT-systems of the service provider via a web-based application. This has many benefits: Flexible & Easy Simple implementation; Information is available always and everywhere; can also be used via various devices such as PCs, smartphones and tablets Scalable Users can be added or deleted as required […]

Top 10 Pain Points of the Industry – Data Flood

24. September 2018
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3. Data Flood Predictive Maintenance, Smart Production, Smart Factory – these keywords are indicators for the continuous data growth. Machines are equipped with sensors collecting a multitude of data. These sensors keep getting cheaper and thus more and more machines can become “intelligent”.  However, the arising data flood can only be handled right if companies […]

Platform Economy pushes digitalization in the metal industry

19. September 2018
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SMS group uses the potentials of platform economy to consolidate its position as the leading partner in the world of metals. The emergence of digital platforms in the metal industry opens up new competitive advantages for companies, e.g. lower transaction costs, increase of revenue due to new services as well as strong customer loyalty. The spin-off […]

SMS digital summer festival

17. September 2018
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Last Friday, the annual summer festival of the Schwanenhöfe took place – SMS digital was also involved. With colleagues and partners, we had a great evening with delicious food and a varied entertainment. Thank you all for coming and celebrating with us!

Digital transformation in the aluminium industry: SMS group and SMS digital at ALUMINIUM 2018

12. September 2018
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The world’s leading trade fair for the aluminium industry takes place in Düsseldorf from October 9 – 11 2018 with a spotlight on Industrie 4.0. Digital transformation is one of the most important issues for the industry. A survey with 240 aluminium experts, conducted in association with the ALUMINIUM World Trade Fair 2018, additionally revealed that […]

Digital Product Development: Lean Startup

10. September 2018
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The last article of our series is about MVPs (Minimum Viable Products), fast product development and a rapid market launch. Again, the focus is on the user. Again, the aim is to develop new digital products efficiently and in the most user centric way. And again, it is about an iterative process. In the development […]

Top 10 Pain Points of the Industry – Data Privacy and Integrity

5. September 2018
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4. Data privacy and data integrity Digital transformation presents industrial companies with the challenge of comprehensively and effectively protecting sensitive company and customer data. More and more processes are digitalized, machines are interconnected and huge amounts of data are collected. That is how new value-added networks emerge via which industrial companies and their partners can […]

SMS digital @gamescom

30. August 2018
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Exhibitors from more than 56 countries and about 370.000 visitors came to gamescom 2018 in Cologne this month. Prior to the gamescom, SMS digital and SMS group took part in the prestigious game developers event devcom. During various presentations and discussions with several developers, we learned that the trends of the gaming industry are even relevant […]

Digital Product Development: Scrum

27. August 2018
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Scrum is one of the most popular methodologies for agile software development and is based on only a few, easy to learn rules.  Basically, it is about realizing new products fast and efficiently in self-organizing teams without additional project management. The way of working according to Scrum is incremental and iterative.  Scrum arose from the […]

Digital Product Development: Design Thinking

8. August 2018
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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 […]

Digital Product Development Made Easy

26. July 2018
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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 […]

How to realize your digital potential

2. July 2018
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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 […]

Top 10 Pain Points of the Industry – Scalability of software projects

18. June 2018
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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 […]

IT-Security: Take action to protect your plants

11. June 2018
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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 […]

MVP (Minimal Viable Product) – what is that?

24. May 2018
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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 […]

Smart Alarm: CEO Maximilian Wagner explains the benefits

2. May 2018

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.

SMS digital at the AISTech 2018

27. April 2018
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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 […]

Software as a service in the cloud

23. April 2018
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Cloud computing is an important part of digital transformation. This includes the outsourcing of IT resources to a professional service provider – also called cloud provider.  The customer then accesses the corresponding IT-systems of the service provider via a web-based application. Basically, there are three different types of areas in which the companies can outsource […]

SMS digital at “Tube and wire 2018” – it’s worth a visit

16. April 2018
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From April, 14th until April, 20th, more than 2.600 exhibitors present their new products at the international trade fair for the cable, wire and tube industry in Düsseldorf. SMS digital is also represented at a joint booth (hall 7a, booth B04 / B05) with SMS group and is presenting its software solutions for the digital transformation […]

CADUNITY: First Test Users

16. February 2018
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CADUNITY the new marketplace for buying and selling high quality ECAD article data. The novel concept helps users of the marketplace to digitize their ECAD value added chain by getting standardized and quality-approved article data, that are ready to use. As of today, selected test users can put the first functionalities of the marketplace to […]

Genius CM – the early warning system moves into the cloud

26. January 2018
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The web application Genius CM, that by a constant monitoring of a plant, detects critical situations and reduces unplanned downtimes, has been moved to the cloud at the first customer. From now on the customer can use Genius CM on mySMS group. This results in many benefits compared to a local installation: the data is […]

Artificial Intelligence – SMS digital presents a new product PreQ

13. October 2017
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At the „Diskussionstag Strangpressen“ on 21st September 2017, Marc Pudelski, product manager at SMS digital, and Nora Rühmann, COO at SMS digital, presented the first prototype of the new application preQ. The vivid presentation of the digital application and its innovative way of development, was very well received. In the first proof of concept preQ […]

First MVP of Smart Alarm went live

11. April 2017
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On Friday, April 4th around noon, the time had finally come: The first alarm messages of a peeling machine have been visualized in real time with Smart Alarm. The project team was quite excited when the system went live after a more than one year long development time. Apart from the mere software development they […]

“Machine Diary” in validation phase

5. April 2017
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Based on customer interviews we designed a click dummy for our new product idea “Machine Diary”. The click dummy will now make it easier to visualize the added value in customer meetings. The click dummy can now be tested on the mySMS group platform. We are looking forward to your feedback!