Fit for Industry 4.0 with Smart Factory Logistics
While many still discuss the term and meaning of Industry 4.0, Bossard launches a concrete methodology that prepares manufacturers for change: Smart Factory Logistics. Bossard is also partnering with RWTH-Aachen
Increased economic demands force Swiss companies in particular towards leaner, faster, and better production. Manufacturers today focus on customized massproduction, real-time automation and gap-free process transparency.
New factories emerge: Smart Factories
A new thinking revolutionizes manufacturing and production. “A new type of factories, so-called Smart Factories, are emerging worldwide. Manufacturers require flexible production lines and sites,” explains Urs Güttinger, Head of Smart Factory Logistics at Bossard. “Smart technologies enable this agile production at a fraction of the cost and time.”
Bossard helps to shape the future
This is where Bossard’s new Smart Factory Logistics methodology comes in. The holistic approach supports companies worldwide in further developing a lean and error free implementation. Bossard prepares companies for the next steps with the following three specific and field-tested solutions:
Intelligent systems communicate along the supply chain
Highly developed technical systems, such as SmartBin or SmartLabel, link the production and supply chain. Containers with integrated weight sensors continuously communicate the current demand at a customer’s production or in the warehouse. Bossard receives this data and delivers the respective replenishment automatically, even directly to the point of use. The customer only notices the consistent stock of B- and C-parts.
Customer-specific solutions for all needs
Bossard seeks to make the customer faster, better, and more productive on a daily basis. This does not only amount to the delivery of B- and C-parts. The Smart Factory Logistics approach includes a comprehensive logistics management analysis of delivery, supplier consolidation, operation and maintenance, and even encompasses strategic customer consultation.
Big data software creates transparency
Bossard’s very own supply chain collaborative software, ARIMS, collects, processes and delivers big data on a large scale. This core element of Smart Factory Logistics creates transparency and brings the customer closer to processes. Thanks to the latest ARIMS release, customers receive real time information online and can complete modifications, such as demand adjustments or container rearrangements, interactively. This typical Industry 4.0 technology enables the customer to optimize the supply chain and to improve planning.
“With these three core competencies, Bossard offers customers a complete package for tackling the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution,” states Urs Güttinger. Bossard supplements these services with a comprehensive product portfolio of mechanical and electrical fasteners, along with engineering and consulting services for sustainable production and manufacturing process optimization. Thanks to its global presence, Bossard can fully support internationally operating customers locally and globally at a consistently high level of quality.
Bossard and RWTH Aachen are building the future
In the framework of Industrie 4.0 (industry 4.0) renowned Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen) has selected the Bossard Group as a partner for its demonstration factory (DFA). In the 1,600 m2 DFA, researchers explore and address forward-looking questions on the continuing convergence of production, information and communication technologies in a real-world environment. Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics methodology delivers systems and solutions for smart inventory management
The tough competitive environment in Europe and the cost pressure it exerts is boosting demand for innovative solution approaches in industry. Many companies now face the unavoidable challenge of radical restructuring in order to withstand this pressure. Justifi- ably, there is talk of a new industrial revolution that will usher in the age of Industry 4.0. The demonstration factory at RWTH Aachen offers practical insights on how to meet this challenge. It illustrates not only how physical production processes can be structured in a modern factory, but also integrates all the required information structures in DFA operations. Thanks to the combination of modern production, information and communications technologies, receiving, production and shipping processes can be completed more efficiently and hence at a lower cost. This type of integrative approach lays the foundation for productivity gains.
With its SmartBin and SmartLabel technology, the Bossard Group is playing a pioneering role in the restructuring of production and control processes in industrial companies. “Our Smart Factory Logistics methodology facilitates leaner processes, faster throughput times, reduced inventory, greater ability to respond to changing requirements and, ultimately, sub- stantially lower costs,” explains David Dean, CEO of the Bossard Group. “The Bossard approach enables fully automatic and transparent inventory management. Orders are triggered automatically and delivered to the point of use when needed. A simple press of a button provides an overview of current stock and generates online inventories at any time. Our methodology has proven itself in the field for a number of years. Renowned industrial companies in all regions of the world rely on our technology.”
The cooperation with RWTH Aachen is further a confirmation of the suitability of the Bossard methodology as industry is moving toward leaner structures. Along with other part- ners, including SAP, Bossard is responsible for operating an intelligent warehouse in the Aachen demonstration factory. Specifically, Bossard’s contribution could be summarized as continual inventory monitoring of C-parts. C-parts are components of lesser value that are usually associated with high ordering and processing costs. Lean processes for handling
C-parts are therefore essential in improving a company’s competitiveness. Bossard was chosen for the Aachen project specifically for its tried-and-true solutions and software (Bossard SmartBin, SmartLabel and ARIMS).
“We not only want to pursue the latest trends in digitalization, but also solidify our position as a key player in this environment. The partnership with RWTH Aachen is a long-term relationship. Together with other partners, we intend to bring solutions to market early on,” explains David Dean, CEO of the Bossard Group. Bossard expects this initiative to raise awareness for its Smart Factory Logistics methodology. The DFA in Aachen sees itself as a hot spot for users of modern production and IT systems. It enjoys brisk visitor traffic from industry managers, engineers, professors, students and others. Now, all them will also get to experience Bossard’s contribution to the evolution of the smart factory.