WAGNER presents new IoT platform:
Greater transparency for higher productivity
WAGNER Industrial Solutions presented its new Internet of Things solution at the PaintExpo trade fair in April. The web-based IoT platform allows intelligent monitoring of powder coating, bonding, sealing and liquid coating systems. The platform is accessible via PC, tablet or smartphone and allows secure access to your own production data from anywhere. "Anyone using the IoT platform increases transparency and process reliability in their industrial coating. Downtimes can be minimized and thus productivity can be increased. The operator is constantly in close contact with his systems and always well-informed", explains Mario Oesterle, Senior Product Manager Automation & Sensoric at WAGNER.
Access from anywhere and at any time
Industrial companies are faced with the challenge of constantly improving productivity, quality and costs. This requires accurate production data and ongoing monitoring, if possible from anywhere and at any time. This is now delivered by the new IoT solution from WAGNER. The Internet platform offers clearly visualised key figures, live productivity monitoring, information on the exchange of spare parts, operating instructions with spare parts list and an interface to WAGNER's remote maintenance service. The controllers and sensors in the WAGNER products provide the raw data for this purpose. They are transmitted to the IoT platform via a secure VPN connection and prepared graphically for display there.
Perfect process overview
The start page of the WAGNER IoT platform already offers the user an overview of all his lines and the most important productivity indicators. It is the starting point for detailed, visually prepared reporting for each integrated plant. Data such as coating time, number of coated parts or conveyor section are updated every minute so that live monitoring is possible. The measured values of the last 365 days are used as reference values. The evaluation can be displayed as a graphic over freely selectable periods of time, for example also per shift. Everyone involved in the production process benefits from the high level of transparency and simple operation - from the operator to production managers, quality managers and top managers.
Productivity increase of up to five percent
One principle of Lean Management is: Only what can be measured can be improved. With the IoT platform, optimization potentials become quickly apparent and the success of the measures taken can be easily tracked. The platform also displays warnings and notes. If the WAGNER service is required, the information can be forwarded directly. The WAGNER experts access the line controls via a remote function and carry out remote maintenance if necessary. "For our pilot customers, we expect our solution to increase productivity by up to five percent," reports Mario Oesterle. "These consist of less downtime, tight process control with notification function, short reaction times for less rejects and predictive service measures such as the timely replacement of wear parts.”
Networked systems for production 4.0
An example shows how the IoT solution can increase efficiency and implement production 4.0 solutions:
If the layer thickness measurement device WAGNER Layer Check LC 1000 is networked with the platform, the layer thickness can be monitored contactlessly in real time. If an undercoating or overcoating occurs, the operator is immediately notified and can readjust. This prevents rejects and rework.
Pilot customers attest to high benefits
In general, all WAGNER lines can be connected to the IoT platform, which have an up-to-date programmable logic controller (PLC) and corresponding sensors. "We recommend our solution for new plants or for systems that are not older than five years. All other systems can be upgraded and integrated as part of a retrofit," says Mario Oesterle. Five pilot customers had already been able to test the platform before its market launch. The feedback was consistently positive. "What is particularly interesting is that we can access the platform from any device with an Internet connection, regardless of location. We have been waiting for such a product - and probably not only us, but also other industrial coaters," explains Mattias Larssen, CEO of the Swedish company ALSAB.