UNITED GRINDING Digital Solutions

The next industrial revolution – Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is a vision. But what lies behind it? UNITED GRINDING gets to the bottom of this topic and shows just what this vision entails and how UNITED GRINDING is approaching Industry 4.0.

Everyone is talking about Industry 4.0. This refers to the fourth industrial revolution. After mechanization, electrification and automation, we now have digitalization. Machines and their components are digitally networked with one another and with their environment. The aim of this networking is to simplify and optimize processes thereby maximizing the value creation chain. In the digital factory, also called the Smart Factory, there will be no more unplanned machine downtimes and resources will be optimally used.

Network, collect, analyze

Half of the population are online today. They communicate via the World Wide Web. But more and more devices and systems are being networked together. The possibilities opened up by the digitalization and networking of machines are immense. Experts from different areas believe that new markets with an annual revenue of €100 billion will open up. It is clear that Big Data, i.e. the huge quantity of data that is collected, is worth a great deal if it is systematically analyzed and incorporated into processes. This presents a huge challenge for both industry and society. How is UNITED GRINDING dealing with it?

The solution: Focus!

"A Smart Factory isn't simply created overnight. It is essential that we focus on certain areas", says Daniel Mavro, CTO at MÄGERLE. For UNITED GRINDING the basic principle applies, that all further developments should lead to a benefit for the customer. "We work closely with our customers", Josi explains. But what is UNITED GRINDING specifically working on?

Focus: Simple and secure networking

The basis of Industry 4.0 is the networking of machine, logistics, product and our customers' business systems (ERP, SAP). Everyone must speak the same language here. This is achieved through the simple and secure software interface used worldwide, OPC UA (Open Platform Communication Unified Architecture).

The system

Data security

The DIGITAL SOLUTIONS data security concept includes key components and meets modern data security regulations in line with the General Data Protection Regulation.

Focus: Elimination of unplanned machine downtimes

We are also focussing on unplanned machine downtimes. The UNITED GRINDING Group is tackling this issue methodically, as a group. The aim: With UNITED GRINDING Digital Solutions the customer will receive a tool which helps optimize his production. In other words, the machine will only be stationary if this is planned and calculated. The UNITED GRINDING Group adopts the Predictive Maintenance approach here. In order to make this possible in future, the data of the individual assemblies and components are recorded and analyzed. Different measured variables are needed here to form a clear picture of the individual assemblies and components. This requires continuous learning and is an ongoing process. "Once there is a clear vision, suitable strategies and measures can be precisely planned and the right tools developed", Mavro is convinced. Another product within UNITED GRINDING Digital Solutions is Remote Service. This means that if an assembly or component fails, despite Predictive Maintenance, the problem can be reported to the responsible Customer Care Organization at the press of a button and the customer can be offered optimal support.

Who is at the center here?

With the use of new technologies and digitalization, we must never lose sight of the benefit to the customer. UNITED GRINDING consciously focuses on the individual customer and his requirements. The new technologies and digitalized products must ultimately have a positive effect on the value creation chain. But what is the role of people in the digital factory? "Doubtless the requirements will change and different skills will become important. However, people will remain an essential part of the system in future", Josi is convinced. Because the fourth industrial revolution should ultimately serve people – not vice versa.

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Production Monitor
Production Monitoring provides you with a reliable 24/7 monitoring service. Runtimes and auxiliary times, quantities or malfunction times, for example, are shown in real time. Production Monitor is the ideal tool for experts in their specific field as well as planners or production managers, whose focus is on a general overview.
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Remote Service
Your machines and systems are your capital. In order for your company to operate effectively, the value chain must work smoothly. Prompt, system-specific support by specialists is more important than ever today: Complex systems and rising cost pressures require optimized availability and quick service.
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Service Monitor
The Service Monitor uses a clear traffic light function to indicate when servicing is due (dates dependent on operating hours and set service intervals as per the operating manual) for all connected machines. The Service Monitor shows which maintenance activities are required at what time. Comprehensive information about each machine, the required tools, spare parts, wear parts, and instructions are available.
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IT security
Secure and quick connection with customer machines throughout the world is the basis for efficient trouble-shooting. At your service request, qualified customer care technicians at UNITED GRINDING can access your machine by connecting and solve your problems, for example by importing new data, installing updates or carrying out remote maintenance or changing parameters.
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