Bosch Rexroth, iTAC and OpenText demonstrate machine monitoring and screw solutions from the cloud.
New pay-per-use assembly solution: Analytics-supported control of intelligent radio cordless screwdrivers from the MES
Bosch Rexroth, iTAC and OpenText have focused their expertise in IIoT
applications on a new pay-per-use system. Based on the iTAC.MES.Suite
dockerized, supported by the
OpenText Information Hub iHub and using the I4.0-capable cordless Nexo
screwdriver from Bosch Rexroth a pay-per-use application scenario has been set
up in a real just-in-sequence assembly cell. The cooperation partners are
demonstrating the solution at the Industrial Internet of Things Innovation
Center run by Accenture in Garching near Munich.
This solution by iTAC,
OpenText and Bosch Rexroth will be a door-opener to Internet of Things. The
basis is an ecosystem comprising ERP, MES, and BI solutions as well as the Nexo
screw technology. This is a radio cordless screwdriver from Bosch Rexroth which
has an intelligent controlling system following the ZVEI guidelines “Which
Criteria do I4.0 products have to fulfill?” - a global innovation that makes
Industry 4.0 applications possible.
product can be communicated to online, it supplies and takes data and is
plug-and-play ready for Industry 4.0-conform services. It also creates
standardized data with cross-manufacturer unique identification that can be
read by a scanner.
Radio cordless screwdriver communicates with MES
the Nexo features a pay-per-use application scenario was built in a real
just-in-sequence assembly cell at the Accenture IIoT Innovation Center. This
scenario shows how the screwdriver supports assembly processes. It has been set
up as a steering wheel assembly and demonstrates how the radio cordless
screwdriver automatically recognizes whether the steering wheel being assembled
is correct. The screw system provides its own data via process interlocking
mechanisms. If the steering wheel is not correct, the process is stopped
automatically by the iTAC.MES.Suite dockerized with which the screwdriver
dockerized is a platform-independent,
cloud-capable MES solution with a container-based character available on the
leading IoT platforms such as Microsoft Azure, AWS, IBM Bluemix etc. The
MES services of iTAC.MES.Suite dockerized such as quality analysis, gapless traceability,
automatic material procurement or simultaneous multi-resource planning can be
used as a public-cloud, on-premises or edge-device solution.
Integrated BI system for process transparency
enables steering wheels to be assembled according to their type. It not only
shows and controls if the correct material has been used but also, for example,
whether the steering wheel has been assembled using the correct torque. The
process is supported by the OpenText Analytics Information Hub platform iHub,
which visualizes what occurs during production by supplying different
production data such as torque and screw angle. The embedded analysis function
enables process optimization by monitoring important metrics in real time,
identifying target deviations and learning why these deviations occur.
Pay-per-use – Needs-based invoicing
With this system the
worker only has to scan the barcode once. The pay-per-use system calculates
different rates depending on torque speed. This allows invoices to be calculated
Invoicing takes place in ERP. The MES communicates
with ERP via interfaces. The invoice is generated fully automatically in ERP
for the factory as a closed-loop scenario. The systems can communicate with
each other via integration services.
The application system based on a closed-loop
hybrid cloud guarantees low or no initial costs for the infrastructure. As well
as an increase in productivity, production quality and process safety,
needs-based usage and invoicing are possible leading to better transparency.
This project is an outstanding example of practical Industry 4.0 applications.
The solution can be viewed from now at the Accenture IIoT Innovation Center in