Digital transformation turbocharges the efficiency gains in production systems. Dürr is actively promoting this transformation. Through its digital@DÜRR strategy, the company is preparing itself for Industry 4.0. digital@DÜRR consists of four core areas: smart products, smart services, smart processes and smart factories. All of these are based on smart technology. Thanks to a high-performance Industrial Internet-of-Things platform – in short: IIoT – we can collect and evaluate big data to optimize production and increase system availability. Together with leading mechanical engineering firms and software specialist Software AG, we have created the ADAMOS IIoT platform. Based on this platform, we provide our customers with a digital marketplace/portal with different applications. These include predictive maintenance, dashboarding/condition monitoring and anomaly detection. Due to our customers' different requirements, we have developed specific digital marketplaces for Dürr and Schenck customers under the LOXEO brand and for HOMAG customers under the tapio brand.
Smart products are self-regulating machines and components. They monitor their own status and detect changing production tasks. The machines and components are cloud-ready and equipped with sensors. One example of a smart product is the EcoPump9 paint dosing pump.
Digitization enables new, smart services to be offered through the online connection of machines and systems. Dürr uses data analysis to support its customers in enhancing system availability. Machines are no longer serviced at regular intervals but as and when required (predictive maintenance). If a malfunction occurs, service experts can access a machine on the other side of the world via the Internet.
Dürr uses digital tools and processes such as simulation to deliver bigger projects faster and more efficiently. One example of this is virtual commissioning, where software enables machines and systems to be tested long before they are installed on site. Simulations are performed to show customers in detail how their future factories will work. To produce complex components, Dürr uses processes such as 3D print and laser sintering.
In smart factories, especially in automotive production, we connect machines and systems through software to make the entire production process transparent. Self-organizing production plants and logistics systems are becoming increasingly autonomous. To control the factory, Dürr offers the iTAC.MES.Suite software platform, which will also be part of the ADAMOS IIoT platform. Acting as the brain of the smart factory, it sends commands to the machines, determines what material is required, and measures energy consumption. Added to that are new technical concepts such as big-data analytics. This enables huge data volumes to be processed and complex production processes to be controlled with maximum accuracy.