- Fast implementation
- Enhanced productivity & efficiency
- Machine learning supports error prevention & cost reduction
- More control & transparency over the entire production run
- Robotics & AGVs
- Big data processing
- Smart factory ready
THE SMART FACTORY SOLUTION FOR DIGITIZED PRODUCTION
Besides digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT), talk in the world of production – and especially when it comes to increasing efficiency and optimizing production flows – is all about the smart factory. The term smart factory refers to a vision in which an intelligent factory organizes and controls itself whilst producing customized products in batches that may be as small as just a single item, and, that uses flexible automation solutions to deliver products matching individual customer requirements – whether this be in the mailroom or manufacturing industry. Machines independently coordinate production processes, collaborative robots interact intelligently with people during assembly, autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) handle logistics independently. Make your company fit for the future and work with us as your technology partner as you develop your smart factory. BOWE 4.0 – the clever smart factory software.
TRANSPARENCY AND TRACEABILITY IN DIGITIZED PRODUCTION
BOWE 4.0 enables the seamless monitoring and administration of every step in the production process, as well as consistent delivery of all the components involved in value generation – whether people, machine or product. Barcode, RFID or RTLS (Real Time Locating System) technologies ensure transparency and traceability in the internal value generation process and allow seamless real-time tracking of the production stages – from arrival of the raw material to delivery of the finished product to the customer. This speeds up the production process whilst making it more flexible and cost effective. Resources are used optimally, quality is increased.
IN THE SMART FACTORY
Imagine a smart factory in, for example, the field of document processing. BOWE 4.0 software controls, monitors and optimizes numerous digitally interconnected processes as they run. BOWE SYSTEC inserting systems call up job data from ERP or workflow management systems and set themselves up autonomously. AGVs automatically transport enclosures to the right feeders. In doing so they detect and navigate around potential obstacles. The filled envelopes are placed in mail bins, picked up by robots and transported for further sorting or to the loading ramp by intelligently controlled conveyor belts. Continuous monitoring and communication between the machinery and BOWE 4.0 integration software allows production flows to be tracked and optimally adjusted to each other.
Humans and machines work hand in hand in the smart factory. The possibilities are almost limitless. A digital workbench, for example, prepares production data and plans for the employees, reports missing parts to the ERP system or proposes the next working step. Collaborative robots (cobots) undertake monotonous or dangerous tasks, reducing the burden on employees and ensuring a more efficient, safer and high-quality production. Virtual or augmented reality can also support employees. Using AR glasses to place virtual components in the physical environment or to display animated assembly instructions allows even untrained employees to perform tasks correctly. BOWE 4.0 integration software makes this possible.
Integration software for perfect HUMAN MACHINE INTERACTION
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & BIG DATA EMPOWER MACHINE LEARNING
The integration of robots, cobots, AGVs and other automation technologies brings with it yet another benefit. Large quantities of data are gathered through the digitization of production and this allows machines to learn whilst processes are monitored intelligently. Using recorded error codes and information, smart factory software recommends optimization strategies. The result is the emergence of self-organizing, adaptive systems that continuously improve their workflows and efficiency. When algorithms monitor the operation of machines they not only detect whether the systems are functioning correctly but also if a failure is imminent. AI is able to replace fixed servicing schedules and reduce maintenance costs. Predictive maintenance also allows repairs to be shifted to plannable time windows.
FEATURES OF THE BOWE IQ
INTEGRATION SOFTWARE BOWE 4.0
- BIG DATA ANALYTICS & ADVANCED PROCESSES
- ADVANCED HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACES
- IOT CONTROL
- AUTOMATIC LOCATION & ID TECHNOLOGIES (E.G. RTLS, RFID ETC.)
- TARGETED MAINTENANCE
- REAL-TIME REPORTING
- FULL INTEGRATION TOOLS
- MACHINE MANAGEMENT
STEP BY STEP DIGITIZATION WITH THE BOWE 4.0 MANAGEMENT EXECUTION SYSTEM (MES)
Pre-defined building blocks allow BOWE 4.0 smart factory software for automated production to be implemented rapidly and easily integrated into existing ERP und MRP systems. BOWE 4.0 is perfectly complemented by BOWE IQ Asset Tracking & Asset Management Solutions or Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) & Warehouse Control Systems (WCS). We will work with you step by step as you digitize your production.