Whereas up to now production lines had to be programmed extensively using so-called PLC-based head controls, software-based solutions such as HYDRA Dynamic Manufacturing Control (DMC) from MPDV offer more ergonomics and increased flexibility. The graphic DMC Modeler enables the user to model processes and lines with a few clicks using drag & drop. The models are then imported into the system and simulated in real time.
Factory Model & Manufacturing Instructions
Within the multi-variant sequential production, production lines with several workstations form the basis for the efficient production of products in batch size 1. The new graphic DMC Modeler allows the individual stations of a line together with their peripherals, capabilities and dependencies to be mapped easily. We call the result "Factory Model". Both libraries and templates are available as a basis for this. The operation of the Modeler is similar to that of typical programs for displaying processes and organization charts.
Based on the "Factory Model", the "Manufacturing Instructions" model all the steps required to produce the different variants of a product. The DMC Modeler supports the process engineer in this task by pre-selecting available resources at the individual workstations and by clearly displaying the defined work steps.
Maximum flexibility with a digital image
In combination, the "Factory Model" and "Manufacturing Instructions" determine how the different variants to be produced run through the line and which work steps must be carried out. In this context, we also speak of a digital image of the production line and its processes. Since this image is based on a software solution, changes can be implemented without great effort and, in particular, without programming knowledge. This results in versatile production in the sense of Industry 4.0 and the process engineer becomes the "conductor of production".
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MPDV Mikrolab GmbH (www.mpdv.com), headquartered in Mosbach, Germany, develops modular Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and reverts to over 40 years of project experience in the pro-duction environment. MPDV offers MES products, services for the MES environment and complete MES solutions. MPDV currently employs more than 380 people at ten sites in Germany, Switzerland, France, Singapore, China and the USA. Users from different industrial sectors – from metal processing to the plastics industry to medical technology – already benefit from more than 1,000 installations of MPDV’s award-winning MES solutions. Amongst the users are medium sized production companies and also internationally operating groups. As a TOP 100 business, MPDV is one of the most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany.
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) support companies to make their production processes more efficient and increase productivity and therefore, to safeguard the company’s competitiveness. A state-of-the-art MES enables companies to capture, analyze, and display real-time data along the entire value chain. The responsible employees can react to unplanned events in the short term and start ap-propriate countermeasures in the production routine. An MES supports on all levels, both in short term and also far-reaching decisions by providing a reliable database.
HYDRA, the modular MES by MPDV, fully covers the requirements of the VDI guideline 5600 with its extensive functional spectrum. Individual HYDRA applications can be combined on a central MES data-base in line with requirements and without interfaces. Thus, HYDRA ensures a 360-degree view of all the resources involved in production and can also seamlessly map overlapping processes. Powerful tools for configuration and customizing ensure that HYDRA can be modified to meet specific require-ments for certain industries and companies. HYDRA integrates into existing IT landscapes and serves as a link between the production (shop floor) and the management level (e.g. ERP system). With an MES system like HYDRA, manufacturing companies remain responsive and thus secure their competi-tiveness – also with a view to Industry 4.0.
MPDV Mikrolab GmbH
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Telefon: +49 6261 9209-0
Fax: +49 6261 18139