Every company aims to increase their efficiency and gain competitive advantages. Digitized industrial systems have been one of the biggest drivers of these goals in recent years. These solutions form the framework for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In contrast to the Internet of Things (IoT), the Industrial Internet of Things focuses solely on industrial processes.
The IIoT enables important data to be recorded and deployed in real time, which then provides a basis for reducing costs in production and establishing new business models. Sensors and controllers are the starting point for doing so. Continuous data processing from the sensor to the ERP system melds together the physical and digital worlds.
Without any time delays, systems autonomously report information about their statuses, any required maintenance and servicing, actual material consumption, and more. GIB Shop Floor Integration then further processes this information within its context and automatically triggers follow-on processes in SAP ERP.
Exchanging information in real time minimizes disruptions to production and drastically increases throughput and production capacity.
- Increased machine availability and reduced downtimes thanks to automated material provision and precision maintenance
- Optimal coordination between production and maintenance planning
- Optimized service life for production equipment (tools, etc.)
Next step/evolution in the automation of processes in SAP ERP through vertical integration
Establishment of condition-based and predictive maintenance. This reduces maintenance costs and improves data quality for analyses and KPIs.
Greater sustainability by providing energy requirements (power, water, compressed air, etc.) to calculate CO2 footprints
Comparison and verification of planning in SAP ERP with the real world of the shop floor
Fast and simple rollout. Initial pilot projects can be implemented in just two project weeks with minimal support from your internal IT team
Add-on directly integrated into SAP ERP with points of transfer into established standard processes
Low training costs for users
In the filling plant, the reusable glass and aluminium containers are checked for damage and cleaned before filling. The cleaning is done fully automatically in a bottle washing system.
Among other things, hot caustic is used for cleaning, which is pumped from tanks to the washing plant. It must be ensured that production does not come to a standstill due to used-up hot liquor. A level sensor permanently measures the level in the tank (1).
The measured values are transferred to the IoT platform and checked against a defined minimum quantity. If the level falls below the minimum quantity, an event is triggered by the IoT platform and transferred to SFI (2). The event is mapped to an SAP business object in SFI, which is required for the automatic creation of the purchase requisition (BANF).
(3). After the order has been placed, the supplier (4) delivers the goods and the process is completed. In this case, intelligent and easy-to-integrate hardware and software digitises the process, prevents production downtimes and allows the responsible employees to concentrate on their value-adding activities.