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One of the biggest challenges in scaling data-driven use cases (e.g., traceability) in factories is poor data quality. In fact, most of today’s factory data is buried in data silos due to extreme asset diversity. Today, the integration and preparation of this data wastes up to 80% of the project resources. Additional symptoms of poor-quality data might include:
- slow progress in your digitalization projects
- time consuming maintenance of custom scripts to integrate your factory data
- high adaptation effort for changing requirements
- high costs due to processing of large amounts of data in the cloud
With i-flow you reduce required resources to integrate and prepare factory data to a minimum. Stop wasting time and money on basic tasks. This allows your team to focus on the implementation and rollout of data-driven use cases. And you achieve up to 10x faster time-to-value for your digitization projects. Be 10 steps ahead of your competitors…
i-flow edge software maximizes the discoverability, interoperability and flexibility of factory data, enabling faster and more cost-effective piloting of data-driven use cases and accelerating their rollout. No programming or interface knowledge is required for this – so use internal resources to network your factory. With i-flow you create clean data from your factory operations by default – across all your factories independent from the heterogeneity of your shopfloors.
The do-it-yourself (DIY) approach is always a valid consideration. There are at least two aspects to consider: costs & scaling.
Costs: If you compare the annual salaries of software experts with the annual i-flow license costs, i-flow becomes beneficial quickly. In addition to the development costs, the costs for maintaining custom scripts must be taken into account (e.g. for necessary updates in case of changes in the use case requirements or system interfaces).
Scaling: Using in-house developers usually works in business environments where scaling is not required, use case requirements are rather static and developer fluctuation is very low. In addition, the more factory systems are integrated, the more difficult it becomes to keep track of individual implementations. i-flow, on the other hand, enables scaling in dynamic factory environments.
We have developed and optimized i-flow for manufacturing companies. Within the manufacturing domain, the technology is sector-agnostic. Thus, the software does not require customizing to create value in different sectors (e.g. automotive, machinery).
You just started? Perfect timing! Connect your first factory systems (e.g., machine) to your IT using i-flow. This saves you valuable resources for basic tasks for data wrangling such as integrating, understanding and preparing data. Create clean data right from the beginning and use the integrated data for your upcoming projects.
Yes. Most advanced customers struggle to fully leverage data from already connected systems due to the increased system complexity. Use i-flow to make this complexity manageable by harmonizing factory data. Contextualize large amounts of data so that they can be directly interpreted by your use-case experts. Combine data from different systems (e.g. machines, ERP, MES) for your analytics projects. Get started today with i-flow to make full use of your data at scale!
Absolutely. We offer different service levels. Please contact us for more information.
i-flow is available as annual subscription in different package sizes. Please contact us and together we will find the right package for you!
About our Technology
To ensure the highest security standards, we protect your data with a multi-level security concept based on proven state-of-the-art technologies. When deployed in the cloud, i-flow only runs in secure data centers that can either be administrated by your IT (inside your private cloud environment) or by i-flow (in our cloud environment). Our service providers are ISO 27001 certified and provide 99.9% uptime SLAs to prevent failure. We are using state-of-the art encryption methods and secure access control. Please also see https://i-flow.io/en/saftey/. We would be happy to explain our comprehensive security concept to you in a personal meeting.
For the integration of your factory and IT systems, i-flow supports a variety of communication technologies. You can configure the integration and processing of the data yourself (without us or external service providers). We would be happy to discuss your individual requirements and use-case in a non-binding initial meeting.
It is basically possible to integrate proprietary protocols in i-flow. Please contact us! We are happy to discuss your use-case and requirements.
i-flow supports 3 deployment options to meet your needs. All with state-of-the-art security.
- Option: On-premise installation on your factory edge device
- Option: We can deploy i-flow in a cloud environment that is administrated by your IT (private cloud environment)
- Option: Use i-flow directly in our cloud environment (public cloud deployment)
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Yes. Please contact us for additional information.
The PoC duration depends on the scope and goal of the pilot use-case and is usually 3-6 months.
While a PoC will be adapted to meet your needs, the following lists the most important ingredients: Prior to the start of a PoC, we define a clear business goal and scope for the pilot use-case. At start, we train your employees to familiarize with i-flow and its concepts (e.g., data modeling) by jointly implementing the first use-case hands-on. During the PoC we offer consultation and continuously measure defined success criteria. Prio to the end of a PoC, we summarize the outcome and discuss next steps with you. Please contact us for additional information.
Please contact us. We can provide you with a detailed how-to-guide and consultation.
Yes. The implementation and onbaording of i-flow can be done remotely. On-site visits of i-flow employees are optional.
We are happy to discuss potential use-cases with you and prioritize them based on your requirements. Thereby applies: think big, start small. Look for a high-impact low-effort use-case to evaluate i-flow as a solution instead of fighting organizational hurdles. Please contact us for detailed information on reference use-cases.
i-flow is a no-coding solution. That means there are no programming skills needed to use our solution. In addition, there is no specific knowledge in factory systems (OT), IT or interface technologies required.
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Director of i-flow