The “Internet of Things” in Glass Processing
The glass processing of tomorrow will organize its ordering, production, and delivery processes by itself and optimize continuously with each process step. This includes production-related dynamic cost calculation, autonomous production planning, and predictive maintenance, as well as self-organizing dynamic production.
For dynamic automatic cost calculation, cost information from all phases and areas can be collected, prepared, and made available to production planning and controlling in structured fashion, so that production planning can concentrate better on its core tasks. Predictive maintenance makes a significant contribution to better production planning, longer machine run times, and greater availability of the machines. Maintenance intervals are no longer specified, but rather oriented according to individual wear and actual need. In self-organizing production, processing machines are not permanently assigned; instead, through communication, the workpiece finds the suitable machine that is available fastest for its processing state for the next processing step. The requirement for this is continuous traceability of the overall process, from order to production and dispatch, on through to installation of the finished product. In the end, intelligent self-service Business Intelligence tools serve to aggregate, analyze, and display multiple data from heterogeneous, incompatible sources. The speaker will show how these Smart Factory processes can be made usable in an integrated software solution for the flat glass industry.
Peter Dixen is chairing the Market Trends Session in GPD Finland 2017.
- Company:A+W Software GmbH
- Short Bio:Peter is CEO of A+W Software GmbH, the global market leader in software for glass and windows. He has been working for more than 25 years as an IT-specialist in the glass and fenestration branch. His IT industry experience includes 13 years as IT application and internal software development director for a multinational corporate group. Peter has profound knowledge of the recent market developments, especially in in the increasing digitalization and the tremendous success of Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory concepts in the industry.