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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  • Awarded the BITMi seal of approval "Software Made in Germany"

    100% service. 100% quality. 100% future. The BITMi seal of approval "Software Made in Germany" guarantees the customer precisely these three success parameters. The MES software by PROXIA Software AG from Ebersberg near Munich has now been awarded this seal of quality by the IT Federal Association for medium-sized businesses. The prerequisite for the award is not just "Made in Germany". Well-thought-out design, tried and tested solutions, mature production processes, constant innovation and competent customer service are criteria that are also carefully examined.

    "We are very pleased to have received an award for a technologically modern and user-friendly MES solution that we are continuously developing in Germany exclusively on our own," said Julia Klingspor, CEO of PROXIA Software AG.

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  • TOP100 award for Germany’s most innovative
    medium-sized enterprises

    PROXIA Software AG from Ebersberg near Munich was ranked among the best at the 26th running of the TOP 100 innovation competition. The award was presented to the company on 28 June 2019 by competition mentor Ranga Yogeshwar, academic competition director Prof. Dr Nikolaus Franke, and organisers compamedia, in the Frankfurt Century Hall. Using scientific methods, TOP 100 evaluates the innovation management of medium-sized companies and the resulting innovation successes. During the independent selection process, the company of 40 employees did exceptionally well in the “Outward Looking/Open Innovation” category.

    Ranga Yogeshwar, who has acted as the competition’s mentor since 2011, summarizes the qualities of the TOP 100 as follows: “Openness to new ideas, tolerance of mistakes, constantly striving to do things in new and different ways – that’s the hallmark of a good innovation culture, a culture which we reward in the TOP 100 if it is a vibrant, integral part of a medium-sized business. These are outstanding medium-sized businesses whose innovative spirit is embedded in their DNA. They are visionary, “can do” entrepreneurs for whom innovation is a key part of their work each day.

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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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  • 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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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

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    Convert grown machine parks to smart factories

    Greenfield vs. Brownfield: To convert machine parks that have grown over time into smart factories as part of a practice-oriented and efficient digital transformation.

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  • More production output: Red becomes colorful!

    More production output: Red becomes colorful!

    Digital twin of improvement measures with the PROXIA OEE/CIP method

    The PROXIA OEE method shows where the potential is on the shop floor based on operational data acquisition enhanced by messenger services, combined with measure management.

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  • Awarded the BITMi seal of approval

    Awarded the BITMi seal of approval "Software Made in Germany"

    PROXIA stands for: 100% service. 100% quality. 100% future.

    The MES software by PROXIA has been awarded the "Software Made in Germany" seal of quality by the IT Federal Association for medium-sized businesses.

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  • PROXIA is a “Best Technology Solution Provider for 2020”

    PROXIA is a “Best Technology Solution Provider for 2020”

    Company is presented with the international award for innovative technology providers

    Industry Era magazine praised for its new innovative XI Gateway technology and the unique Action Manager solution.

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  • Optimising prodution, remotely

    Optimising prodution, remotely

    Overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19 with innovative MES software tools

    The current COVID-19 pandemic has proven particularly challenging to production operations; fast, flexible action is often required to resolve issues. PROXIA is here to help with its innovative PROXIA MES software modules.

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  • Virtual MES Process Consulting

    Virtual MES Process Consulting

    Intelligent Consulting in the virtual meeting room

    Use this time to optimise your production operations! We will sit down with you in the virtual PROXIA meeting room to discuss concepts and software solutions – 100% digitally!

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