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The field of industrial production can be characterised by the strong adaptation of products within highly flexible production. The automation technology required for Industry 4.0 is becoming more intelligent through the implementation of self-optimisation, self-configuration, self-diagnosis and cognition methods, to better support people in their increasingly complex work. Customers and suppliers become part of an agile value network. QOSIT's high-tech strategy unites research and development with expert knowledge of legal frameworks and industry-specific standards. In doing so, QOSIT and its certified specialists draw on many years of experience in the planning, construction and operation of medium-sized data centres. Our high-tech products and services are based on this expertise and have been further developed to create very specific implementation methods for digital transformation.
The continuity from the sensor to the ERP is an important component of digitisation
With our high-tech products for Industry 4.0, we want to make a significant contribution to maintaining the competitiveness of medium-sized firms. These create transparency in production processes and convert data into information. The information obtained is the basis for the optimisation of production processes and for recommendations that are generated by our solutions. Integrating the required data and information into a complex supply chain is the industrial future, which will be realised step by step and must always be in line with customer needs. With our solutions, you can access the data from a single machine, production line, plant or global production with plants in different locations as needed. Our products are research-driven, modular and adaptive digital transformation solutions and are compatible with market leader applications. We consciously work with definitions for standards that are based on established industry standards. We support your strategy and guide you practically through the transformation.
As a cloud and IT specialist, QOSIT is familiar with the challenges of both the old and the new world and has developed plans that combine both sensibly and securely.
Even if Industry 4.0 has not yet reached your company, the Q-Check shows the potential for optimisation in the existing IT and production infrastructure and provides a secure foundation for future Industry 4.0 and digitisation strategies. So you are perfectly equipped for your planned and future projects.
The RSN, the Remote Service Network, ensures connectivity to the gateways on the machine worldwide. This means that sensor parameterisation can take place from a central location and the parameterisation for one or all sensors can be changed simultaneously. The aim of RSN is to provide application-specific read and write access to the individual sensor.
Application examples in practice: A manufacturer that wants to support its machines around the world throughout its life cycle through service processes. With RSN, the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) is always in a position to monitor the condition of its machines around the globe. The machine sensors are connected to the central RSN management system via the edge gateway and the data is transmitted securely. It does not matter if the machines are permanently installed in the factory or used as mobile tools. Intelligent pre-processing at the edge gateway allows the type and interval of the transmitted data to be defined. The RSN management system allows further analysis and events such as maintenance orders, spare parts orders, anticipatory planning and disposition (predictive maintenance). This allows new and improved service level agreements to be agreed and condition-based maintenance to be optimised.
Provocative questions about Industry 4.0
Is a steam engine Industry 4.0-ready?
YES. The technical possibilities range from collecting data (sensors) to control (actuators). In information technology, the integration of a steam engine is comparable to a LEGACY integration. LEGACY essentially refers to the maintenance of functions that are technical, historically grown and indispensable.
Should I collect all the data and buy large hard disks?
NO. Not all available data is significant, just information for the targeted integration. It is better to aggregate process-relevant data rather than storing random data. The process happens in the foreground. Of course, the amount of data will increase, as data is being created comprehensively for the first time.
Is Industry 4.0 a tangible topic?
YES. Industry 4.0 is a strategy spanning generations. Already, it consists of concrete tasks for an increasing number of specialists in the constantly growing industrial production. Less concrete is the speed with which this revolution is proceeding. The first three steps are followed by further steps. Industry was and is in constant change for the customer.
We have defined the technical stages of digitisation in our Business Modules for Industry 4.0, so we can pour our technical expertise into a plan with you and then stay by your side through its implementation.
Gradual integration of machines, lines and plants. Data and information are available locally and centrally at various aggregation levels. Security, speed and availability at the level of the current state of the art.
Central system for rollout, change and security management. Company-wide, consistent parameterisation for security and quality features. Sensors are integrated across manufacturers with a universal data agent.
Integration of machine data and other user-defined data sources. Harmonisation of aggregated data for exchange with production-related software modules. Development of apps with a focus on current applications.