Shop floor meets IT
Bietigheim-Bissingen, July 2017 – Dürr is combining its expertise in plant engineering and IT to create the next generation of production control systems. The new Industry 4.0-focused iTAC.IoT.Suite is a combination of the production-related Manufacturing Execution System (MES) EcoEMOS and the high-performance software solutions from iTAC Software AG, which was acquired at the end of 2015.
The iTAC.IoT.Suite represents a joint development between Dürr and iTAC based on a modern software architecture which can be adapted to different production control requirements in the automotive, electrical, and component industries (tier 1). With a modular structure users are able to select individual functions and create a tailored solution for their entire production chain. New functionalities have been added to the proven EcoEMOS modules – e.g. SCADA, stock control, vehicle tracking as well as energy and quality management – for controlling automotive production. These include business intelligence, machine monitoring, and order management. The traceability module also provides add-ons for detailed material tracking. As a state-of-the-art system, the iTAC.IoT.Suite also includes a comprehensive order planning module.
Optimizing production workflows
All the functions can be clearly visualized on screens. The iTAC.IoT.Suite also offers a comprehensive analysis of all plant parameters, and therefore forms the basis for future Industry 4.0 applications. An optional cloud connection enables the combination of data from different production facilities across a plant as well as the subsequent evaluation using modern analytical methods like Big Data Analytics. Processes and key performance indicators can thus be tracked in real time. The insights obtained can be used in a targeted manner to optimize the production workflows – a prime example of smart factories, one of the pillars of the digital@DÜRR corporate strategy.
Data acquisition and storage with the iTAC.IoT.Suite guarantees comprehensive traceability of all production processes. The modern software architecture improves production monitoring, efficiency, and quality. To ensure that all data is kept within the company, the iTAC.IoT.Suite offers maximum IT security: Dürr uses software technologies that utilize state of the art cyber security reinforced by regular updates. These work with security measures on the customer side like firewalls and separation of office and production networks to maximize security. For the customer, the fail-safe system offers a wide range of functions with high scalability. The flexible program structure permits individual combination and fast availability of the functional modules as well as easy software releases.
The iTAC.IoT.Suite opens up a new dimension in the management of plants and production data. The platform forms the backbone for end-to-end networked and digitized processes in production.
|FAQs at a glance|
|Will the functionalities of the existing EcoEMOS applications be retained in the iTAC.IoT.Suite? |
The basic features of the current EcoEMOS installations will be retained when changing over to the iTAC.IoT.Suite. Dürr will assess customer-specific adaptations on a case-by-case basis, so they can be integrated into the local iTAC.IoT.Suite, if required.
|What does an iTAC.IoT.Suite upgrade scenario look like?|
The features of existing EcoEMOS applications will be migrated to the core of the iTAC.IoT.Suite. In the case of an upgrade, Dürr will assess the timescale and work involved depending on the version currently installed and the scope of features. After testing and successfully installing the iTAC.IoT.Suite, suitable concepts will be developed in 2018 and implemented thereafter.
|What are the advantages of upgrading from EcoEMOS to the iTAC.IoT.Suite?|
The existing application can be expanded in the iTAC.IoT.Suite to include several functionalities, such as the Traceability, Production Planning, Material & Logistics and Business Intelligence modules. Thanks to its continuous upgradability and the integration of cloud applications, the iTAC.IoT.Suite offers the perfect platform for future big-data applications. The upgrade speeds up data communication and improves database administration.
|What happens to the support for existing EcoEMOS installations?|
All customers will continue to receive support from Dürr‘s experts in Bietigheim-Bissingen – worldwide and 24/7. The existing contacts will still be available, and the team will receive additional qualified staff. Smaller expansions and modifications as well as operating system updates will be assessed on a project-specific basis and implemented in coordination with the customer.