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IT solutions for digitalized production

In the Production IT division of Schaeffler Special Machinery, we deal with software developments for the digital transformation in manufacturing: Our goal is to create the smart factory: by this and by the term intelligent factory, we mean manufacturing processes that have been optimized and digitalized with the help of innovative technology, automation systems and software for Industry 4.0. The networking and use of machine data and the user-centered design of the human-machine interface are two main topics that we are currently driving forward in this area of IT.

Software applications for the production of the future

By combining key competencies in mechanical engineering with knowledge of current and future IT developments for the industry, we can realize modular machine systems with high customer benefits. Right from the start, we focus on the really important issues and thus enable a cost-effective application with maximum added value.

Our experts are working on solutions that can be summarized in the following production IT topics:

Process control systems are used for data processing in production in companies with a concentrated focus on monitoring and controlling machines and systems. In our IT architecture, we take this concept further and have developed smart.control, a system that can capture complex production environments and combines control and quality assurance in production. We thus combine the functionalities of MES systems (Manufacturing Execution Systems) and process control systems to create an optimum software solution.

By digital assistance systems, we mean innovative solutions that support management and personnel on the production floor. Based on production data, they visualize, analyse and automate processes that require manual interaction or approval.

Modular IT systems for modular production concepts

In order to be successful in the future, companies require flexible production systems that can be adapted to market and customer requirements. To this end, we not only develop modular, scalable and flexible assembly and testing systems, but also our own platform solution for module-based and standardized software solutions - with the essential functions:

  • system connection of relevant hardware and software interfaces
  • coverage of relevant security requirements
  • provision of the necessary operating infrastructure
  • management functions for using and operating our software products.

Our Smart Machine Platform is the central basis of our production IT with machine-related, scalable standard software solutions for our entire portfolio of standard and special machines. The platform enables integration into your systems through standard interfaces, e.g. via your cloud solution. Our IT experts support you throughout the entire software life cycle with service and support for the operation of the software on production equipment.

The aim of our Smart Machine Platform is to be a central information interface for all relevant requirements and functions for production in order to fulfill your following expectations:

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