One supervisory control system – many functions
Bietigheim, March 2015 – Dürr's EcoEMOS is a supervisory control system that manages and visualizes the entire production process. To provide a solution for every customer, a modular approach separates functions and production sectors. One of these modules is EcoEMOS Storage.
The different manufacturing times in automotive production are decoupled by specific storage areas. However, the control and visualization of these areas is often neglected. EcoEMOS Storage has the solution: Using improved controls, complexity and transportation times are reduced significantly. As a result products travel shorter distances, space is allocated more efficiently and material is delivered just-in-sequence. This reduces production costs and prevents delays.
For this purpose, EcoEMOS Storage comes equipped with different standardized, yet customizable control functions. The first-in-first-out (FIFO) storage strategy is therefore not fixed and can be modified with selective processes. To simplify the customizability, a number of standard rules, such as "hold" and "urgent", have been predefined but can also be adjusted.
EcoEMOS Storage integrates all storage areas into a standardized software solution. Communication with the order management system (ERP) enables the correct allocation of product data as well as a structured overview of the entire storage logistics. Authorized staff can thus access product data and adjust the storage and retrieval rules if required. Webcams can be integrated to allow for visual monitoring of storage areas. This simplifies the manual entry of skid and car body values in the case of data loss. The information is available in real time and facilitates the optimum monitoring and control of all storage areas. In addition, the new and improved system architecture ensures optimum utilization of assembly lines and stock items.
EcoEMOS Storage reduces material routes as well as storage times. A special module for managing empty skids helps to reduce buffer lines. Since all software modules are linked to a central database, every member of staff can view information about stored products on his screen, whether he is on site or in the control room. Fault signals for individual plant components are displayed on all screens simultaneously. The user interface has been designed to be self-explanatory and therefore easy to use. If any other information is required, screen masks can be customized by the user.
In summary, EcoEMOS Storage reduces cycle times and provides a better overview of the intralogistics system, thus lowering production costs. As an independent software solution, EcoEMOS is able to communicate with any type of plant equipment. The efficient EcoEMOS Storage software solution is a further milestone in Dürr's long story of success with over 100 EcoEMOS production control systems in more than 20 countries.