Interactive platform to play a part in UK's smart manufacturing

10th February 2017
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Interactive platform to play a part in UK's smart manufacturing

A new interactive communications platform has been launched by Bosch Rexroth, which is aiming to play a key role in the adoption of smart manufacturing in the UK. As part of the company’s Industry 4.0 ready products, software and solutions, ActiveCockpit collates, filters and visualises data continuously, enabling operators to react quickly to any changes to the production process.

Transparency is a key element of ActiveCockpit. The industrial software solution provides a digital connection between operator, product, workstation and process, collating data on a touchscreen whiteboard located close to production processes. The whiteboard displays key production data live, in both stationary and mobile forms, seamlessly integrating the virtual world of order planning and production control.

Digitisation of key data enables connectivity to MES, ERP and DB systems, which can be accessed on-site in digital form and via an app platform too. The user-friendly system translates data into status charts, annotation, notes and ‘to do lists’ which is easy to digest and available to all staff members. The latest figures are displayed in real-time on the interactive touchscreen and can be directly analysed through annotation functionalities.

Key benefits include automatic creation of reports which reduces preparation time for meetings, and improved communication of malfunctions and effective diagnosis, facilitating an immediate response. ActiveCockpit not only saves time and costs, but also increases productivity and competitiveness.

Andrew Minturn, Business Development and Strategic Product Managerat Bosch Rexroth commented: “Industry 4.0 in the factory will see an increased dialogue between users, machines and products. The visualisation of key data is vitally important to make smart decisions based on real time data and so ActiveCockpit will play an important role in this.”

Minturn continued: “ActiveCockpit brings together the digital and manufacturing spheres, enabling simplified manufacturing processes, improving decision-making and increasing workflow efficiency.”

He added: “As a leading provider of Industry 4.0 solutions, we were able to draw on our own experiences in manufacturing to create a future-proof platform which is able to assist a smart factory environment. Essentially, ActiveCockpit will eliminate time and error waste in manufacturing operations and transform the way the industry works for the better.”

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