Since its foundation, Manital is one of the leading companies in the "Made in Italy" production of door and window handles, thanks to its unique combination of quality, design, and a highly innovative approach.
Its industry requires the interlinking of new machinery to automate data collection, increase efficiency, and benefit from the tax incentives provided by the Italian National Industry 4.0 Plan.
Since the Manital request is submitted in December and one of the requirements for the hyper amortization program access is to ensure interconnection by the end of the year, the main challenge is to link the machine in a very tight timeframe.
TOOLS for SMART MINDS is able to meet Manital's needs thanks to the software solutions for Industry 4.0 already developed and tested in the real life.
iDaq, Lilium, and Digital Factory 4.0 contribute to creating a modular, scalable, and complete solution, open to future implementations.
They are used to respectively communicate with machines, transfer information, and real-time monitoring of the entire plant.
The machine (a grinding robot) needs to be connected to the company ERP via the custom protocol.
iDaq Datalogger communicates with the machine directly, collecting the main operating parameters.
The acquiring data are:
Digital Factory 4.0 forwards the information about the article to be produced to the machine, while Lilium transfers the data to the company database. On completion of these steps, the ERP extracts the information from the database for visualization and archiving.
The information, transferred to the machine at the launch of the order production, is primarily the following:
Diagram of company interconnection in industry 4.0 perspective
Manital's needs have been satisfied in an extremely short time and with a high-performance, modular, scalable, and open to future implementations, solutions.
Manital has thus achieved considerable benefits:
The solution is fully scalable. Considering the application field, it allows both to acquire new dimensions and to connect new machines in a short time, guaranteeing a minimum impact on the existing system.
Thanks to the modularity of iDaq Datalogger, it is possible to connect machines with technologies and functionalities that are different from those already interconnected.
On the management side, Lilium is open to interface with third-party software for visualization, data analysis, and business intelligence.
Finally, Digital Factory 4.0 allows applying artificial intelligence algorithms, such as machine learning, predictive analysis, and process drift control for each machine and each plant. This permits predicting interruptions and failures to act promptly, thus reducing downtimes and production costs.
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Based on a system that includes iDaq Datalogger, Digital Factory 4.0, and Lilium applications and interacts with the machinery and the company's ERP.