The goals of digital transformation in industry are clearly defined. It is about more transparency, knowledge and speed. The focus here is on how modern IIoT technologies can be used to align processes in a customer-oriented manner, realize efficiency potential and enable new business models. Rittal manufactures up to 8,000 compact enclosures and housings per day in Haiger with 250 highly digitally integrated machines.
In Haiger, sister company German Edge Cloud has implemented a Virtual Service as part of the ONCITE Digital Production System. The system collects and structures data from a wide variety of sources, supplements it with signals, image and sensor data and makes it usable for a cycle of analytics, alerts and live dashboarding: "The detailed visualization of manufacturing processes in near real time is a powerful tool for identifying optimization potential to increase overall plant effectiveness," says Dieter Meuser, CEO Digital Industrial Solutions at German Edge Cloud.
Required for the success of the Smart Factory are high data quality as well as continuous data not only within the production, but also by connecting the relevant dataspaces. It is necessary to create a complete digital twin for each of the plants, products and manufacturing processes and to connect them intelligently. This is the lever for smart production.
For Rittal and German Edge Cloud it is clear: Digital transformation is customer orientation and Smart Production is an integral building block.