From strength to strength through digitization
“What is the good of horizontal integration in digital value chains if the Internet-enabled ERP system knows nothing about what is going on in production?” Dr. Holger Rudzio, Managing Director of DMG MORI Software Solutions, does not ask this question without good reason, because he sees the shop floor as the focal point of all digitization. In his view, the great benefit lies in the fact that digital transformation can be undertaken gradually, i.e. “bottom-up” instead of “top-down”, from the machining process to digital workflows and on through to the complete networking of the digital factory. One project after the other – and from strength to strength!
Digitization “Toolboxes” for large and small manufacturers
This perspective is reflected in the “Path of Digitization” that DMG MORI has declared as a mission statement for itself and its customers. It is a guiding principle that has recently been expanded enormously to include a multitude of digital innovations and pioneering projects. From January 2018 onwards, “digital factories” will be set up in the larger DMG MORI showrooms, where they will demonstrate live for customers the added value of horizontal integration.
Digital toolboxes are being created at DMG MORI through innovations and futureorientated initiatives. These will enable both a simple and harmonious entry into digitization for smaller companies while at the same time offering large companies integral and modular operability.
Consistent digitization of workflows
As of spring 2018, the focus of CELOS version 5.0 will be on end-to-end digital workflows – from planning to preparation and on through to production monitoring. The CELOS APP Package “Digital Planning“1 , for example, enables efficient organization of orders subject to the most diverse requirements. The Production Planning APP offers users the decisive advantage of more efficiency and reliability on the shop floor. According to Dr. Rudzio, the aim is the integrated connectivity of ERP systems, digital production planning and terminal-controlled shop floor manufacturing. “When combined with production planning, such consistency adds up to continuous process optimization”, says Dr. Rudzio. This in turn reduces setting up and idle times and ensures a sustainable boost in productivity. Added digital transparency will also result in increased planning reliability.
1Digital Planning enables end-to-end planning of production orders and includes the CELOS APPs Production Planning, Job Scheduler, Job Manager and Job Assistant.