Bäumer 4.0: New networking platform upgrades Bäumer’s digital services
We assure the future of our customers by deploying customized engineering and intelligent services, and amalgamating information systems with the production Level.
We aim to incorporate all of the people, machines and processes involved in the value-added chain into one network through digitalization and automation.
The networking of machines is a basic condition for the development of digitalized, automated processes in modern production. Production plants become more intelligent and have smarter control functionalities allowing more effective and more flexible reactions during the production process.
For many years, Bäumer has been developing and upgrading a variety of automation and control modules for use at various corporate levels of the foam production industry in the control and networking of many different processes.
See below the automation circle – the so-called system highway - shows how information is passed on. The digital Bäumer portfolio is represented at various Levels.
When our customers network their machinery and operative functions with digital Bäumer products, they can reckon with higher value at all points along the value-added chain.
Foam producers and foam processors have been battling for many years with increased pressure on efficiency, higher throughput times and reduced costs. In order to reach the required rates and to maintain a leading position in the industry, a trouble-free production process is essential. Simplified and quick processes which control production are elementary.
The second diagram below shows how Bäumer products are networked in the customer’s day-to-day business.
B+ Connect: The new networking platform from Bäumer
Bäumer is taking the next steps towards digitalization with the B+ Connect driver (Bäumer Plus Connect), which will result in a new platform for future product lines to bring digitally networked machinery and operative functions to a new level.
Four modules to support customer processes
With initially four modules Bäumer will be supporting its customers in their direct day-to-day business.
Modul 1: B+ Focus
Not only the production and maintenance staff but also the product manager and management must keep an eye on the machines, plants and production in real time. The preparation of key figures creates a rapid overview of daily business and facilitates control – wherever and whenever necessary, via smartphone, tablet or laptop.
The current condition of the machines can be optimally monitored and visualized. The capacity and efficiency of the machines are shown as well as the complete picture of all machines on an international level in all locations in Germany and abroad.
Identification of OEE (overall equipment effectiveness)
- Display of dead times and causes
- Monitoring of technical assemblies
- Retrievable maintenance log for each machine
- Available information on the state of each machine
Modul 2: B+ Support
Customers with a problem can now be helped even more quickly now. The machine operator uses B+ Support to send a service message manually or, as an alternative in certain pre-defined cases, the machine triggers an alarm independently. Both reach the Bäumer Service immediately.
The specialists at Bäumer are connected directly with the customer, either to provide a service or to defuse a critical situation. For example, the settings in the machine control can be checked by means of remote maintenance and problems can be remedied online. Customers can also chat with the Bäumer specialists or hold a webcam conference. If the machine operator puts on his head-mounted display, the Bäumer specialist is able to see exactly what the machine operator sees and can look "directly into the machine". This means that on-the-spot support rules out any misunderstanding when describing the defects orally, faults can be identified and qualified solutions quickly found.
Fast reaction time
- Reduction in number of machine downtimes
- Time savings at machine start-up
- Reductions in process costs
Modul 3: B+ Maintain
Maintaining and servicing machinery is now even easier. All of the maintenance activities required are sent directly to the operator via a role concept (access control) or registered with the central maintenance department. The customer has a constant overview of which activities are due at a certain time or perhaps are already overdue. Each item of maintenance work is documented and can be tracked at all times. Instructions are displayed for certain maintenance jobs so that the operator not only sees what he must do, but also how he must do it – without having to leaf through any documentation.
Condition-based, predictable maintenance
- Improved information on the requirements situation
- Plannable maintenance measures
Modul 4: B+ Shop
Relevant parts can be procured automatically at the touch of a button. The Customer Cockpit easily recognizes wearing parts and spare parts, which can then be ordered directly. The B+ Shop can be used via a role concept at different levels with various rights in the ordering system.
Orders can be placed directly at the machine or centrally in the Procurement department.
Simplified identification of spare parts minimizes incorrect orders
- Automated ordering process
- Complete price transparency
With the B+ Connect as a further milestone in digitalization Bäumer is assuring the future of its customers.