Detailed overview of the production
This is mainly possible thanks to the additional data that can now be collected: Time, malfunctions, haul-off speed, production in linear meters or thickness profiles are combined. At the same time, energy consumption is displayed, giving employees a more comprehensive picture of production. With the available data, the production process can be optimized and energy costs reduced. As an energy-intensive company, every energy saving is important for Horn & Bauer.
Conclusions can already be drawn from the data history: If different energy consumption levels are detected during the production of the same product, it indicates a defect in the machine. In addition, experience has also shown that higher power consumption indicates that a machine requires maintenance.
Implementation within three months
About one year ago, the implementation of three tools from inray, the communication between the plants, the ERP and the energy management was started. Since the beginning of 2019, the systems have been live at three locations in Germany. At the headquarters in Schwalmstadt, the OPC Server from Kepware takes care of machine communication: The OPC Router tool establishes communication between Kepware, SAP and SQL. The FAS (Factory Application Server) is used for energy management, energy data acquisition and its storage.
Kepware and OPC Router are also used at the locations Wümbach and Dinkelsbühl. For machine connection, the OPC Router gets data from Kepware OPC Server, prepares and transfers it to SAP via SAP interfaces. In total, 50 machines were connected in this way.
Remove stumbling blocks from the way
The implementation brought some stumbling blocks that had to be removed. For example, there were difficulties in measuring energy consumption. It turned out that there were conflicts with the devices and inaccuracies in the values because too many data were read at once.
In the case of M-Bus control, for example, the transmission speed has to be known in order to obtain correct values. inray provided the necessary assistance via hotline to solve the problems and support the IT team, which was not specialized in machine connection and control.
Standardized connection and detailed visualization
Web-based visualization of the system
Thanks to the standardization of the connection, the machines can now be networked faster and with considerably less effort: Via OPC Router it is possible to connect the various plant systems, controls and protocols with each other and to establish simple, standardized and certified communication with SAP. Especially in past times connection of the different devices from different manufacturers and corresponding controls proved to be tedious and complex.
The big advantage of the system is the visualization. Since the technology of inray is based on HTML5, the prepared information can be displayed anywhere via web browser in production or on a PC. Thanks to the web-based interface, it is also much easier to pass on the information to those responsible or to decision-makers, and the design is much more flexible. All responsible persons have access to the information in the intranet.
Central data storage in one system
Kepware also provides a unified query structure, eliminating the need to navigate multiple vendor systems. Data sources are known and accessible with just a few clicks. Centralized data storage also means that the information can be evaluated more uniformly. Previously, data from different systems had to be downloaded and interfaces had to be created before the summary. Now all of them are consolidated in one system. The machine data connection and energy data acquisition were also merged into one system in accordance with the strategy of the film specialist.
The FAS model for energy recording has also proven itself. The initial solution was licensed on a variable basis, but with FAS the number of sensors is no longer a factor, so Horn & Bauer can evaluate more measuring points for the same money.
Overall, inray solutions run more stable than the system previously used. Its logic was not always transparent and therefore difficult to check.
“We are very satisfied with the product and will be able to work well with this solution in the future,” Schmidt sums up.