Scaling Industry 4.0 with i-flow
"i-flow is more powerful every time!"
Manual processes between production steps led to costly errors, inefficient operations and unplanned downtimes of production lines. These manual activities included the tedious booking of materials in the ERP system and the manual release of production steps based on quality checks. At the same time, the customer was looking for a solution that would enable secure connectivity and data transfer between production and cloud analytics.
To automate the processes, the customer chose i-flow’s innovative data hub for factories. In addition to the realization of a future-proof edge-to-cloud architecture, the reasons were in particular the revolutionary ease of use of the i-flow software. After only a short time, the customer was able to seamlessly connect OT and IT systems independently, without having to rely on external service providers or in-depth expert knowledge. This led to a significant acceleration of the customer’s digitization and automation initiatives. In just a few months, the customer has connected 60+ systems (e.g., PLCs, databases, SAP, AWS) and automated over 20 million operations daily with the i-flow software.
For security reasons, the customer assigned individual permissions (e.g. write / read) to the various user groups (several OT groups + IT) to essentially manage access to individual systems (e.g. SAP reads, PLC writes). This prevents non-authorized users from writing to production-critical systems. In addition to the revolutionary ease of use, the customer benefited from completely new dimensions in OT / IT process automation. Thanks to i-flow, bidirectional communication between the various systems was made possible, ensuring a seamless exchange of data and information.
For example, material flows are now synced with SAP in real time, production-critical data is shared with OEMs via the cloud, and production steps are released automatically based on prior quality checks.
The implementation of i-flow resulted in significant benefits for the customer. Thanks to the rapid integration of various systems and automation of production processes, productivity was increased by up to 8% (in direct production and indirect office areas) after only a short time. Manual errors were eliminated, minimizing unplanned production downtime by 38% and significantly increasing plant OEE. In addition, the customer was able to realize the following benefits:
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The successful implementation of i-flow at our customer illustrates the potential of process automation at the interface between OT and IT. By integrating systems and automating processes independently, companies can dramatically increase their competitiveness and optimize their operations. The i-flow software helps you avoid costly mistakes, maximize efficiencies, and stay competitive in an increasingly digitalized world.
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