For Technische Informationssysteme GmbH (T.I.G.) from Rankweil, Austria, Fakuma 2017 was one of the most successful trade fairs ever. With its modular 'authentig' MES system for the plastics processing industry, the software specialist was perfectly placed to address Industry 4.0, the topic that dominated the event. Managing Director Wolfgang Frohner is happy to report that, after numerous inquiries and many deals, "MES is definitely a focal topic in regards to factory digitalisation."
"We held talks with visitors from 19 countries and numerous meetings with machine manufacturing partners," says Frohner. "You can really sense the increasing interest in MES." T.I.G. closed more deals this year than at Fakuma 2015, not least for two big projects in Romania and South Africa.
Solutions for digitalisation and Industry 4.0 are of critical importance for plastics processors worldwide. After all, adherence to delivery deadlines, cost reduction and resource optimisation are the requirements that modern manufacturers need to face in a world of digital change. Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) will play a central role in the factory of the future.
At the touch of a button, cockpits customised for specific industries give authentig MES users access to real-time productivity, delivery data and quality information throughout the enterprise. By providing an optimal link between the ERP system and production, authentig integrates all manufacturing-specific data in a single system, thus driving measurable improvements in productivity, reducing the number of rejects and enabling high-quality process documentation.
Numerous visitors and machine manufacturers visited the stand for the latest status of the new Euromap-77 interface, which enables a direct exchange of data between injection moulding machines, host computers and the MES. "In the future, plastics processors will have an easy option for setting up communication between injection moulding machines, peripheral devices and the MES," says Frohner. "They will no longer need special solutions for this." As a pioneer and development partner, T.I.G. is the first MES provider to offer software for testing and validating the new EUROMAP-77 interface, which machine manufacturers can download free of charge.
At its stand, the company presented an 'authentig in the cloud' installation. All key information is displayed in this modern cloud solution, which helps plastics processors reduce costs and achieve fast implementation cycles. Critical facts & figures are literally accessible "on the go".
Whether deployed on-premise, via the cloud or on the web, authentig MES meets all Industry 4.0 requirements, ideally supporting the implementation of forward-looking technologies such as Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) and Software as a Service. Deploying authentig makes the smart factory a reality. It connects employees, intelligent warehousing systems, machine components and robots. This active machine communication simplifies value creation processes. Manufacturing planning and operational data are organised in a flexible, simple and scalable way to support task-oriented distribution. Innovative driver technology ensures trouble-free machine connections. authentig impresses with state-of-the-art design and an uncomplicated, intuitive user interface.
In order to keep pace with the increasing demand for authentig, T.I.G. will be investing heavily in increasing development capacity to help reduce the time-to-market for new product ideas.