Dr. Horn, Herzog is producing
braiding machines. What is your latest I4.0 product and what is
Dr. Horn: An additional module for Herzog machines, an
app-box, with which Industry 4.0 scenarios can be realised
without employing software teams or starting big Industry 4.0
projects. This technology is an app-based one. Apps can be
downloaded and installed easily.
How do customers benefit from this?
Dr. Horn: The customer can easily access the data of Herzog
machines, e.g. on a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller). The
data can be visualised on dashboards created by the customer on
terminals or others. The data can be processed, e.g. by creating
key figures, alarms or analyzation. Alarms and information could
be transferred by e-mail, messengers. Furthermore, the data can
be linked to order from pps systems or transferred to the
machines – if the customer decides to go this way.
Dr. Horn, Herzog.
Can you quantify the benefit?
Dr. Horn: No formation of software teams outside machines.
New applications could be created easily. No additional
What is really new at this solution?
Dr. Horn: It is the result of a three-year research project.
Various innovations have been implemented: The use of cloud
technologies on the shop floor; open source technologies for
inexpensive apps; no internet connection is necessary. The main
advantage however is the “one-click” installation of apps which
have been applicable only for smartphones and tablets. The apps
are installed in a so-called box outside the machines.