Let’s stay in the finishing process.
Mr. Stillger, the company Thies specializes in dyeing
technology. What is your latest I4.0 product?
Stillger: For the ITMA 2019 we offer a new version of our
maintenance system, which, among others, was extended by the
condition monitoring module. It is an automated planning,
execution and monitoring software for inspection, service and
routine maintenance, which not only facilitates the procurement
of spare parts, but also provides the corresponding technical
documentation digitally. At the same time, we are laying the
foundation for future machine-specific and customized
machine-based learning from the history data.
In addition, a new controller generation will be offered
together with one of our control suppliers, which will be open
for I4.0 applications and at the same time can be connected to
the corresponding MES (Manufacturing Execution System).
Jochen Stillger, Head of Sales, Thies.
What specific benefit does a
customer get from your solution / technology?
Stillger: Optimization of production processes and production
safety through completely transparent planning, implementation
and monitoring tools. In the medium term, a significant
reduction in process and maintenance time is achieved. There
will be a reduction in the failure rate and the time to fix
failures. All in all, a reduction in maintenance costs due to a
purposefully controlled spare parts inventory and a prioritized
and more efficient maintenance is expected.
Can you prove this with some
Stillger: Customers will achieve higher machine efficiency
through intelligent maintenance. Depending on the individual
situation in the dye house, optimization of the processes may
reduce the costs by 20 to 50%. Successful energy management
(managing energy allocation) can lead to an additional 7% to 10%
reduction in costs.
The VDMA supports the mechanical and
plant engineering industry in the development of OPC / UA
Companion Specifications. OPC / UA is an open interface standard
that defines the mechanisms of cooperation in the industrial
environment. What advantages does OPC / UA provide with regard
to your solution / technology?
Stillger: The OPC / UA interface enables standardized data
transfer. A significant improvement in data quality is achieved.
The new technology introduces customer-specific and
system-specific monitoring of the functioning of the machine.
Smarter sensors are used for process monitoring. Forward-looking
history data are collected for the configuration of
self-optimizing AI processes.