Cloud-based solutions in the world of machines and manufacturing
“A decline in batch sizes, accompanied by a growing number of variations ordered by end customers, represents an unprecedented increase in the complexity of sheet metal processing for our clients. Many activities which could be carried out manually in the past – like production planning – will be feasible only with IT-supported systems. Machines will then not only provide real-time information about their status, but will also determine immediately which incoming orders match the machine’s set-up status or the material currently loaded in the machine.
“Many of the modules required for reliable operations in a ‘smart factory’ require tremendous computer power. Take predictive maintenance as an example. It would not be economically viable to install extensive database software and the required hardware at customer premises. Instead, operations in the cloud help to make resources available whenever they are needed, without massive up-front investment. Using cloud-based software, our customers can review and optimize their machines and production processes whenever needed, regardless of where they might be. New applications can be implemented quickly and simply, without the need for costly integration projects. Also, system updates – which usually require production downtimes – can be entirely eliminated.
“We will be supporting our customers as they venture down this road, providing information and individualized consulting. The intention is to ensure highly reliable, optimized customer value. Soon, cloud-based solutions in the world of machines and manufacturing will become as normal as they are today when trading photographs or banking online. For us, it goes without saying that every step in transmitting data from the machine to the cloud, including data storage, will always use the most advanced IT security technology available. We always follow the principle of ‘data security first’.”
Contact us: MastersofSheetMetal@trumpf.com
This article was first published in Summer 2015.