ITMA 2019, Barcelona

Gentlemen, in the daily press I get sometimes the impression that I4.0 / digitization is an end in itself. Mr. Pieper, in textile finishing, energy consumption plays a crucial role. Can I4.0-solutions help to reduce energy costs?

Pieper: Brückner has developed an intelligent machine assistance system that monitors the settings of the entire system in the background. Deviations from default values are immediately signaled to the machine operator and stored in the production history logbook. A new simulation tool helps the machine operator to get the highest possible productivity and/or energy savings out of the system. Maintenance and spare part suggestions are displayed preventively after a certain interval. Upcoming maintenance tasks are comprehensively visualized for the maintenance department and can even be retrieved from mobile devices.

Axel Pieper, CEO, Brückner Trockentechnik.

How can a finishing company realize savings potentials with this solution?

Pieper: During production, a production assistance system helps the operator to decide which parameters need to be adjusted to make the system even more energy-efficient and productive. Optimized recipes can be stored for future processes and are therefore very easy to reproduce. At the customer's request, we can also connect his system to a higher-level control station system. This allows recipe data to be researched in a central data base and to be shared with other users. This new intelligent assistance system in combination with the simulation tool allows productivity increases of up to 40%. Energy consumption can be reduced by up to 30% with these systems.


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