PROXIA @ Industry 4.0 – from vision to practical reality

With PROXIA MES to a Smart Factory – on the road to Industry 4.0

PROXIA Research Industry 4.0 Smart Factory

The “fourth industrial revolution” is a natural result of technical and digital progress. The end of the 19th century saw the invention of the steam engine (changing over production to machine power) and industrialization. The 20th century began with the invention of the production line for more efficient production and only 80 years later, digitization with intelligent control of production processes (IT, hardware and software) followed. These three revolutions brought immense savings, but at the cost of individual products and shorter production times. Driven by the primary benefit to consumers – individual products at low prices – Industry 4.0 should once again offer the option of small batches with a higher degree of customization, cost-efficiently, on time and in the appropriate quality. PROXIA supports these new goals of the production industry with holistic, sustainable and cutting-edge MES solutions, consisting of innovative MES-Software and practical MES concepts.

Industry 4.0 – Objectives, challenges and practical implementation with PROXIA MES

Smart Factory: Opportunities and challenges alike

In a fully functional Smart Factory, work pieces and machine tools communicate via a web server, controlled at manager/control level. This requires a fusion of cutting-edge IT options with a digitized production level. For the continuous exchange of information between planning and production level, web-based and in-house software must be synchronized. The product must also meet a number of requirements. These include clear identification of products, but also knowledge of the current position and status of the product in the value chain. With PROXIA MES-Software, configured to meet the requirements of individual company value chains, you can meet these challenges.

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IT Infrastructure: Keeping pace with automation

Automation concepts in the machine environment supported by intelligent production IT such as PROXIA MES, are standard solutions for increasing flexibility in the production environment. One challenge that should not be underestimated is raising the quality of IT processes from company management to processing machines to the same level. Administration and product development IT systems are often closely networked, though in other areas local software modules tend to be used to support process islands. Many producers can therefore only access standalone solutions which must first be “brought into line” for efficient, integrated production control. Standalone solutions disappear from production on integrating PROXIA MES.

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Eliminate interfaces between production planning and the shop floor

As an interface between the planning management and operational production level, Manufacturing Execution Systems such as the PROXIA MES solution create conditions to support the continuous exchange of information in terms of a Smart Factory. Data acquisition modules for production and machine data (BDE/MDE) allow the transfer of information from a heterogeneous production environment to a centralized database.

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The challenge posed by increasing data volumes – Big Data Management

The continuous exchange of information between different company levels, work pieces and machine tools creates large amounts of data that need to be handled/processed. For key indicator analyzes, high-definition drill-down functionality is needed to allow specific access to information. PROXIA provides hybrid data processing technology in its MES solution for this purpose, which uses in-memory technology for quick calculations in the server main memory, as well as classic data warehousing. Against this background, the use of mobile devices, smartphones and tablets promises to bring further facets to benefit CIP procedure management. In this context, PROXIA also offers mobile MES applications.

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Make production processes predictable and flexible with MES

Experience shows that planning production orders based on the aforementioned conditions no longer has to done statically with a distant planning horizon. The dynamic production environment also forces planning to be highly responsive and depends on real-time feedback from production. Only by linking detailed planning with the “information cloud” from the shop floor can companies immediately respond to resource or capacity factors. A look at these detailed questions shows that the fourth industrial revolution has already arrived, and can be found in the first concrete process solutions in practice.

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  • Machine, Man, MES

    Digitalisation should be seen as a learning curve, and a manufacturing execution system can play a key role in supporting it. A background discussion with Torsten Wenzel, CEO of PROXIA Software AG about MES as an operator’s tool raises some interesting issues with regard to machine. man and MES.

    The interview covers the requirements for digital readiness of companies and people looking ahead to Industry 4.0 digitalisation – and how an MES solution can help overcome hurdles and accelerate processes.

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  • On the road to an open data platform for Production

    For a long time, MES solutions consisted solely of a planning tool and data hub. Are IoT systems and open platform approaches, which are inspired by app concepts from the consumer sector, turning the MES world on its head?

    The focus on this subject by production IT specialists was highlighted in a major survey of experts conducted by Digital Manufacturing magazine in its MES special issue. 6 experts were on hand to give their opinions, including Marcus Niebecker, Product Manager of MES Solutions at PROXIA Software AG.

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  • VDI-Z gives PROXIA the floor

    Torsten Wenzel, a member of the Board of PROXIA Software AG, summarises Industry 4.0 in the editorial of the current issue of VDI-Z magazine. “Information must be provided directly and in an appropriate form for users and decision-makers.”

    As the driving force behind Industry 4.0, German companies have long been in global competition to set standards for industrial digitisation that will shape the future structure of production operations. The development of these basic principles is ultimately the logical result of the “lean” concept of digitising company value chains. Demands for the efficiency, transparency, flexibility, performance and quality of products are increasingly steered by information collected by various data technology systems in different company divisions.

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  • Digital maturity as the foundation for Industry 4.0

    Everyone is talking about “digital factories”, “smart factories”, “Industry 4.0”, or “digital transformation”. But what does this mean for the companies who implement the concepts behind this terminology?

    Companies find it difficult to see where they are on the way to making changes. Many factors often conflict here. One of the main difficulties is the lack of an evaluation scale. There is no one benchmark for “digital maturity”, nor are there reference definitions where companies can find guidance. Another issue many people only become aware of when practical work and problem solving to do with Industry 4.0 is begun is responsibility. Who or which department is responsible for Industry 4.0? IT? Production Planning? Lean Manager? Board of Directors? It quickly becomes clear here that Industry 4.0 and the increase in digital maturity is a common project between various disciplines in a company.

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  • Successfully mastering Industry 4.0

    productivITy spoke to Marcus Niebecker about the role of IT in Industry 4.0 and why we must keep pace with the fast-approaching, fourth Industrial Revolution. Mr. Niebecker is Product Manager at PROXIA Software AG.

    Industry 4.0 is a topic that has become much more important in recent years. It reasons lie, for example, in mass production operations, according to Mr. Niebecker. Here, German companies can barely keep pace with large factories on emerging markets. More than ever, the focus is on ideas to increase efficiency at production sites. Expanding the product range while reducing production costs, i.e. more individual products at lower prices, is very tempting. Industry 4.0 addresses this specific issue!

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PROXIA PLUS: MES @ Industry 4.0 – Your added value

Industry 4.0 future vision

Networking autonomous systems that communicate with each other leads to Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS). The independent exchange of information between intelligent machines, equipment and warehouse systems, together with self-control effects at process level, produce huge improvements throughout the value chain. PROXIA MES-Software mirrors this system with practical solutions.

Big Data – no problem

With its MES-Software, PROXIA provides hybrid data processing technology for this purpose that uses in-memory technology for quick calculations in the server main memory, as well as classic data warehousing. This means that even large data volumes can be processed easily.

Mobile data usage, cloud computing

The use of mobile devices, smartphones and tablets promises efficient and quick data usage in real time - even between management level and production. PROXIA also offers solutions for mobile applications in its MES-Software.

Make production processes predictable and flexible

A dynamic production environment requires a high level of responsiveness in planning and depends on feedback from production. PROXIA detailed planning must be linked to the “information cloud” from the shop floor to allow companies to respond immediately.

PROXIA MES @ Industry 4.0 – News & Use Cases

  • The new PROXIA Action Manager

    The new PROXIA Action Manager

    Managing the Continuous Improvement Process

    Is the success of an action in the eye of the beholder? In other words, does success hinge upon individual judgements or on personal perceptions?
    The new PROXIA Action Manager eliminates this uncertainty from production, and guarantees a reliable, digital continuous improvement process (CIP).

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  • Review of the Hannover Messe 2019

    Review of the Hannover Messe 2019

    Thank you for your visit!

    PROXIA presented the latest MES solutions and trends under the headline “Setting the pace for digitisation of your production”.

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  • Schneider Electric SE User Report

    Schneider Electric SE User Report

    MES instead of .xls – into the “green” in real time

    PROXIA MES software provides automated and seamless data acquisition to Schneider Electric, while creating a reliable OEE database for production.

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  • Really simple: PROXIA RSS Manager

    Really simple: PROXIA RSS Manager

    For requirement-based communication in production

    PROXIA RSS Manager - your “ears” in production – an add-on to a notification system to create “own RSS feed” functionality.

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  • Storage and transport – Useful added value in an MES context

    Storage and transport – Useful added value in an MES context

    PROXIA Internal transport logistics

    As order numbers rise, the production process overview is quickly lost. So when it comes to warehousing and transportation, the question often arise of where are the semi-finished goods kept, because we need complete the current step? The answer is an advanced MES solution within a comprehensive LEAN concept.

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  • MES data acquisition with ERP software – does it do the job?

    MES data acquisition with ERP software – does it do the job?

    MES Software vs ERP System?

    Nowadays, cutting-edge MES solutions are far more than just plain old acquisition systems. Within the overall Industry 4.0 concept, a modern MES system is about much more than that. Digitisation and networking of the shop floor is now often part and parcel of the daily routine! The question arises of whether MES software is in competition with the ERP system?

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