THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED
Industry 4.0. This buzzword is being used everywhere these days. It represents the digitally controlled production processes of the future, which ensure the highest degree of efficiency and versatility. MR started on the path towards a smart factory 25 years ago and has successfully reached the end of that path. Now, other companies are following suit and benefitting from Reinhausen's expertise.
In situations where specialized products are produced in small quantities, increasingly shorter delivery times are expected and quality requirements continue to increase; companies must respond in order to stay competitive. One solution is provided by IT-controlled production processes. In these processes, people, machines and systems are interlinked to such an extent that they can respond to complex requirements immediately and handle extreme variance. MR has been working in accordance with the principle of Industry 4.0 successfully for years. The internet-based MR-CM® shop floor system—proprietary software for production management that Reinhausen employees have also used to open up an entirely new business field—makes this possible.
In any MR production space, you will see employees operating their machines with touchscreens. Former lathe operators and milling cutters are now well-trained experts who can reliably use the MR-CM® system. The software controls, manages and monitors the entire manufacturing process. Information no longer has to be entered by hand anywhere. Work folders are a thing of the past. And nobody ever has to wonder which tool is required for a specific work step at a certain time. That information can be read off from the workbench screens, which continually supply updated information.
Johann Hofmann manages the ValueFacturing® area at MR. Since 1991, he has systemized the flows of data and information into a paperless format, resulting in the development of MR-CM®. "The system works like a data hub," he explains. "It collects all production data and initiates their flow. All employees, machines, systems and available IT applications are integrated efficiently and unmatched consistency is ensured all the way up to corporate management." Hofmann is a fan of metaphors that help to understand complex relationships: "A mix of languages at Tower of Babel proportions reigns over machines and systems in production," he says. "MR-CM® is the suitable interpreter."
Bernd Kempa, the production manager in Regensburg, knows just how well the translation works and what the positive effects have been, "We carry out production with short set-up times, minimal downtime and no waste. MR-CM® contributes significantly to ensuring that each spoke in the wheel is in place and that every process is running free of errors." He estimates the potential savings at 20 to 30 percent. MR customers, he says, have even higher estimates.
Originally, MR-CM® was only developed for the company's own needs. Since then, however, MR has sold its innovative software solution to other companies in the metal cutting industry. There are already 14 companies using it, with more soon to come. "Pressure is growing for many companies to establish Industry 4.0 solutions," says Johann Hofmann. Relieving this pressure for MR makes him just as happy as when Reinhausen received the first Industry 4.0 award in 2013.
VALUE FACTURING® BY MR
Our vision is to make the intelligent networking of production data a new industry standard in metal cutting. This is best achieved using MR-CM®, our assistance system tried-and-tested in the industry. By using MR-CM®, any company in the metal cutting industry can optimize its future production in terms of cost-efficiency, technology, personnel and professionalism.
The ValueFacturing® portfolio for MR-CM® includes potential and process analyses, project engineering, implementation, a service desk and a process desk.