Connection of production machines of a medium-sized manufacturer to the Industry 4.0 OEE solution of BITS for monitoring and optimization of production

The task in this project was to monitor and control the production machines of a manufacturer of cooling solutions in the food(easy2cool) and pharmaceutical(Licopharm) industries using an OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) solution in order to optimize quality, capacity utilization and costs.

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The tasks of BITS were the IT conception, the individual development of OEE functions and evaluations, as well as the individual connection of the production machines.

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a key figure that describes the availability of equipment in relation to production time.

The project was carried out on the basis of the MVP procedure of BITS with the goal of being able to start as quickly as possible with a first version.

The OEE solution from BITS

“By connecting our production machines to BITS’ OEE solution, we are able to optimize our production processes in terms of quality, yield, costs and downtime. Thanks to BITS’ agile MVP process model, we were able to implement the project in a very short time, even though we had additional individual requirements. We look forward to continuously expanding the system.”

1634803060201Marco Knobloch, Managing Director of easy2cool GmbH and Licopharm OHG

Challenge

One of the challenges was to realize a quick proof of concept, which, if the test is successful, can be further developed into a finished future-proof solution.

At the same time, the production machines had to be made Internet-capable to enable their continuous monitoring.

Another challenge was to be able to monitor several machines in parallel on several terminals or from mobile devices by different user groups at the same time.

  • Connection of production machines to the Internet (IoT)

  • User interaction via local terminals as well as mobile devices

  • Real-time monitoring, with alarm generation and escalation processes

  • Future-proof proof of concept (MVP) in as short a time as possible

Realization

The solution was implemented on the basis of loosely coupled components, including a backend for storing and real-time evaluation of machine data, alarm generation and escalation control, a responsive front-end application for user interaction for multiple user roles, and adapters for receiving individual machine data.

BITS took on all IT roles during implementation, from conception to project management and individual development to operation of the finished solution. Continuous further development is also carried out by BITS.

  • First realization using the MVP approach of BITS (Proof of Concept)

  • Backend based on Java Spring Boot and a SQL database

  • Responsive web front-end based on Angular and PrimeNG

  • Communication via REST, Websockets and file transfer

  • Creation of individual machine interfaces based on Siemens SIMATIC IOT2050, among others

  • First realization using the MVP approach of BITS (Proof of Concept)

  • Backend based on Java Spring Boot and a SQL database

  • Responsive web front-end based on Angular and PrimeNG

  • Communication via REST, Websockets and file transfer

  • Creation of individual machine interfaces based on Siemens SIMATIC IOT2050, among others

The agile process model of BITS

The implementation of the project was based on the agile process model MVP by BITS and enabled a GoLive 6 weeks after the idea and target definition.

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Project roles at a glance

BITS experts took on the following roles in this project.

  • IT-Consulting / Consulting

  • IT Project Management

  • IT Quality Assurance

  • Infrastructure / Operation

  • Fullstack development

  • Embeded development

  • Product Owner

  • DevOps

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