Manufacturing Software: For the Networked Production of Tomorrow

STIWA – Service Provider Along the Entire Value Chain

Whether in mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing or in ser­i­al pro­duc­tion: state-of-the-art high-per­for­mance automa­tion requires a per­fect inter­ac­tion of automa­tion, prod­uct, and process at all times. As a com­pre­hen­sive automa­tion and pro­duc­tion ser­vice provider we have one objec­tive: to strength­en our cus­tomers’ com­pet­i­tive posi­tion. To this end, we sup­port them along their entire val­ue chain — from project plan­ning through series man­u­fac­tur­ing to the phas­ing out of pro­duc­tion.

 

 

All Processes Under Control

The age of dig­i­tal pro­duc­tion has long since arrived in indus­tri­al man­u­fac­ture, with expec­ta­tions as well as require­ments on pro­duc­ing com­pa­nies being on the rise. An inte­gral part of net­worked and con­trolled pro­duc­tion is the effi­cient link­ing of tra­di­tion­al automa­tion tech­nol­o­gy with intel­li­gent soft­ware. We from Sti­wa real­ized this long before terms like Indus­try 4.0 were even invent­ed. There­fore, being a lead­ing spe­cial­ist in the field of prod­uct and high-per­for­mance automa­tion, we have been devel­op­ing soft­ware solu­tions for pro­duc­tion opti­miza­tion for more than 25 years, incor­po­rat­ing the expe­ri­ence of sev­er­al decades in the fields of automa­tion and auto­mo­tive sup­pli­er com­po­nent pro­duc­tion. This com­pre­hen­sive process know-how allows us to opti­mize pro­duc­tion process­es togeth­er with our cus­tomers all over the world.

To this end, STIWA devel­ops flex­i­ble Plug & Work solu­tions — tai­lored to indi­vid­ual and flex­i­ble cus­tomer require­ments:

Die Mission:

High­est qual­i­ty at low­est total cost Opti­mum logis­tics process­es through inte­grat­ed inter­faces Sta­ble pro­duc­tion at the high­est stage


Excel­lent pro­duc­tion requires the goal-ori­ent­ed inte­gra­tion of infor­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies into dai­ly pro­duc­tion rou­tine as well as the reduc­tion of inter­faces.

 

Our Know-how — Your Competitive Edge

With­in STIWA, soft­ware tools are test­ed on our own machines and fur­ther devel­oped togeth­er with our own pro­duc­tion. Find­ings from ser­i­al pro­duc­tion are incor­po­rat­ed into the devel­op­ment of new prod­ucts. There­fore, in our cus­tomers’ plants we use only soft­ware that has already been suc­cess­ful­ly applied in pro­duc­tion on a world­wide lev­el. This com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of the process has already been award­ed the “Fac­to­ry award for the most effi­cient pro­duc­tion”.

How­ev­er, STIWA soft­ware is not only used on STIWA’s own machines, but is also con­nect­ed by STIWA cus­tomers world­wide to many third-par­ty machines. Thus, we see things from our cus­tomers’ per­spec­tive when it comes to devel­op­ing effi­cient market‑, prod­uct and process solu­tions. This is what dis­tin­guish­es us from our com­peti­tors.

 

CI Suite 4: the All-in-One Solution for Optimized Production

Indus­try 4.0‑Software solu­tions reduce com­plex­i­ty and sup­port us dur­ing pro­duc­tion: They facil­i­tate appli­ca­tions and enable con­cen­tra­tion on the essen­tials: effi­cient pro­duc­tion. This why CI Suite 4 has been devel­oped. It plays a key role in terms of effi­cien­cy, flex­i­ble automa­tion, and the inte­gra­tion of process­es, con­sti­tut­ing a com­plete solu­tion for all mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing com­pa­nies as well as pro­duc­tion enter­pris­es in the field of dis­crete man­u­fac­tur­ing. Our soft­ware plat­form com­bines all func­tions to lead your pro­duc­tion to a suc­cess­ful future. This ben­e­fits not only employ­ees in pro­duc­tion, but all employ­ees along the entire devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion chain — from the process engi­neer to the qual­i­ty man­ag­er to the main­te­nance tech­ni­cian.

Opti­mum inter­face man­age­ment

CI Suite 4 offers opti­mized inter­faces so that pro­duc­tion machines can be inte­grat­ed into the cus­tomer’s infra­struc­ture. The con­nec­tion, for exam­ple, to ERP sys­tems with order accep­tance and order feed­back is a mat­ter of course.

In addi­tion, CI Suite 4 includes solu­tions to ensure this inter­op­er­abil­i­ty in mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing: Because data required in pro­duc­tion should already be avail­able as part of the machine. STIWA col­lects the data in the mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing process for pro­duc­tion from the very first hour and pre­pares it accord­ing­ly.

Whether you are a mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing com­pa­ny, a machine own­er, or a machine oper­a­tor: CI Suite 4 will sup­port you in every pro­duc­tion phase:

  • Plan­ning new projects with­in a very short time
  • Effi­cient­ly ramp­ing up machines to tar­get per­for­mance
  • Oper­at­ing them at high­est qual­i­ty and per­for­mance
  • Inte­grat­ing new func­tions into avail­able means of pro­duc­tion quick­ly and eas­i­ly
  • Thus opti­miz­ing pro­duc­tion in the long run

 

In the age of Indus­try 4.0, pro­duc­tion means to man­u­fac­ture best qual­i­ty at max­i­mum speed at the low­est cost. CI Suite 4 from STIWA makes this pos­si­ble.

 

Completely Integrated

In CI Suite 4, STIWA com­bines all the advan­tages of the entire soft­ware sys­tem land­scape — from engi­neer­ing tools through ana­lyt­i­cal and oper­a­tor soft­ware to PLC run­time sys­tems. The result is a high­ly devel­oped soft­ware port­fo­lio for dis­crete man­u­fac­tur­ing cov­er­ing all fields of mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing, pro­duc­tion oper­a­tions, and pro­duc­tion opti­miza­tion — with the appro­pri­ate tools inter­lock­ing in every phase. It offers solu­tions gained in prac­tice for use in prac­tice, afford­ing high­est effi­cien­cy and qual­i­ty through­out the entire life cycle of pro­duc­tion.

Increase your total machine effi­cien­cy — by con­trol­ling your pro­duc­tion process­es and explor­ing per­for­mance lim­its.

 

Are You Ready for CI Suite 4?

High­ly per­for­mant, scal­able, and adapt­able. These are the prop­er­ties of CI Suite 4. Our soft­ware solu­tions ensure high­est process qual­i­ty while being max­i­mal­ly con­sis­tent — from the work­er to pro­duc­tion man­age­ment, from the sig­nal to the ware­house. Thus, they are uni­ver­sal­ly applic­a­ble:

For machine and plant pro­duc­ers
seek­ing to increase the effi­cien­cy of their mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing activ­i­ties and get feed­back about the oper­a­tion of the machines deliv­ered by them
For own­ers and users of machines and pro­duc­tion plants
seek­ing to increase the per­for­mance and effi­cien­cy of their pro­duc­tion — through opti­mized pro­duc­tion sequences and sim­pli­fied han­dling
For sys­tem inte­gra­tors and sup­pli­ers
apply­ing our soft­ware solu­tions on behalf of their cus­tomers to con­trol glob­al pro­duc­tion process­es and to under­stand their inter­de­pen­den­cies

 

Your Benefits

  • Low­er prod­uct devel­op­ment costs due to data-based, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary, and simul­ta­ne­ous engi­neer­ing
  • Clear­ly reduced project costs in mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing due to the use of stan­dard­ized soft­ware tools
  • Max­i­mum degrees of free­dom of means of pro­duc­tion due to effi­cient data tech­nol­o­gy
  • Low inte­gra­tion costs of your IT and machine infra­struc­ture due to open and sta­ble inter­faces
  • Intu­itive and stan­dard­ized oper­a­tion and analy­sis con­cept
  • Trans­par­ent pro­duc­tion opti­miza­tion due to 100% trace­abil­i­ty of all pro­duc­tion steps
  • Glob­al roll-out and sup­port

 

 

Features

CI Suite 4 is the tool of choice to quick­ly and effi­cient­ly build and oper­ate high­ly avail­able plants and to fur­ther increase per­for­mance while ensur­ing high­est qual­i­ty. Our soft­ware plays a key role in terms of effi­cien­cy, flex­i­bil­i­ty, and process inte­gra­tion. Due to scal­able, dis­trib­uted soft­ware archi­tec­tures, the lim­its of con­ven­tion­al machine con­trol unit tech­nol­o­gy are exceed­ed — from local sys­tems to the cloud.

 

 

Clearly Reduced Time-to-Market

A con­sis­tent and trans­par­ent infor­ma­tion sta­tus as well as the over­ar­ch­ing inter­ac­tion of dif­fer­ent sub­sec­tions are essen­tial when it comes to quick­ly bring­ing new prod­ucts to the mar­ket. Using CI Suite 4, pro­duc­ers can focus on their core com­pe­tences instead of los­ing them­selves in the com­plex­i­ty of under­ly­ing sequences. Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary process­es are com­bined with coor­di­nat­ed and abstract­ed soft­ware prod­ucts, thus allow­ing inter­dis­ci­pli­nary per­spec­tives — from the devel­op­er to the machine oper­a­tor, from the prod­uct to the process. The stan­dard­ized sys­tem struc­ture and domain-spe­cif­ic lan­guages reduced to a min­i­mum result in a sig­nif­i­cant sim­pli­fi­ca­tion for the user.

Easy Integration of New Features

Stan­dard­iz­ing, expand­ing, dis­trib­ut­ing, mod­i­fy­ing, or updat­ing: intu­itive user inter­faces and pre­fab­ri­cat­ed mod­u­lar sys­tem solu­tions sup­port users in imple­ment­ing new func­tions quick­ly and with­out much inte­gra­tion effort. This results in a reduced time-to-pro­duc­tion and increased process qual­i­ty. Exter­nal tech­nol­o­gy can be inte­grat­ed and con­nect­ed eas­i­ly.

Tailored to Your Needs

Whether straight­for­ward screw­ing process or com­plex plant, com­po­nent, or glob­al sys­tem: CI Suite 4 scales and adapts to your pro­duc­tion envi­ron­ment with­out regard to the plant or sys­tem size. The scope of func­tions ranges from sim­ple data acqui­si­tion to the com­plete plat­form.

Maximum Flexibility of Production Means

By rep­re­sent­ing the degrees of free­dom of the machine in the CI Suite 4 para­me­ter admin­is­tra­tion it can be ensured already in the phase of con­struc­tion that the machine is able to respond most flex­i­bly in terms of nec­es­sary prod­uct and process changes. There­fore, the behav­ior of the machine can be adapt­ed reli­ably and repro­ducibly dur­ing the opti­miza­tion process.

Complete Control: 100% Transparency and Traceability

Today, data play a key role in each pro­duc­tion process and are the basis of each opti­miza­tion. Due to the auto­mat­ed col­lec­tion of machine, oper­at­ing, and qual­i­ty data, CI Suite 4 ensures trans­paren­cy through­out all pro­duc­tion steps. Even cross-sta­tion data and infor­ma­tion are extract­ed from the PLC and are acces­si­ble to every­one from the plant oper­a­tor to the man­age­ment. All infor­ma­tion is stored which allows 100% trace­abil­i­ty ensur­ing that pos­si­ble impacts can be lim­it­ed quick­ly in case of opti­miza­tion or error.

Analyzed and Optimized — Get out More Performance

Iden­ti­fy­ing com­plex inter­re­la­tions, iso­lat­ing weak points, and explor­ing options for opti­miza­tions — CI Suite 4 affords closed con­trol loops in pro­duc­tion via con­sis­tent analy­sis meth­ods. In the KPI cock­pit, select­ed data can be con­sol­i­dat­ed and visu­al­ized. To this end, CI Suite 4 offers the users pre­fab­ri­cat­ed ways of ana­lyz­ing. At the same time, the soft­ware pro­vides the oppor­tu­ni­ty to iden­ti­fy the influ­enc­ing vari­ables on the prod­uct via drill-down mech­a­nisms in every detail and to thus opti­mize them specif­i­cal­ly. The relat­ed analy­sis dash­boards can be drawn up by users them­selves. Through all this, per­for­mance and qual­i­ty increas­es can be achieved, from the indi­vid­ual means of pro­duc­tion to entire fac­to­ries.

Machine Learning & Condition Monitoring

CI Suite 4 includes inno­v­a­tive analy­sis forms, thus allow­ing adap­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing through self-learn­ing process­es. In the course of Con­di­tion Mon­i­tor­ing, all avail­able data are col­lect­ed per­ma­nent­ly, and the man­u­fac­tur­ing process­es are mon­i­tored all the time. There­fore, users can respond to changes of con­di­tions ear­ly enough before cost­ly dam­age occurs. More­over, the machine keeps learn­ing: from the obtained data, it derives pat­terns and trends, thus allow­ing fore­casts for the future.

Consistent — From PLC to Global Analysis

Nowa­days, pro­duc­tion is dis­trib­uted and net­worked across the world. By means of CI Suite 4, data are col­lect­ed, ana­lyzed, and dis­trib­uted on a glob­al lev­el, with data tech­nol­o­gy being con­sis­tent and inte­grat­ed — from the PLC to the glob­al analy­sis — and can also be expand­ed flex­i­bly. This ensures a loss­less exchange — at high­est data qual­i­ty.

Intuitive Operation

CI Suite 4 sim­pli­fies inter­dis­ci­pli­nary process­es in a clear­ly arranged and easy to use HMI, afford­ing a quick, intu­itive, and inte­grat­ed access to all plant objects and mod­ules. Any devi­a­tions between ide­al and actu­al pro­duc­tion become vis­i­ble imme­di­ate­ly so that even com­plex tech­ni­cal process­es can be mon­i­tored and con­trolled eas­i­ly. The end users take care of the sequences, CI Suite 4 sup­ports them in cross-sta­tion tasks involv­ing high data vol­umes. Due to the stan­dard­ized and opti­mized HMI, com­plex deci­sions can be made with­in a very short time, and sequences in pro­duc­tion can be con­trolled. Thus, train­ing expens­es for pro­duc­tion per­son­nel can be reduced.

Clear­ly Reduced Time-to-Mar­ket

A con­sis­tent and trans­par­ent infor­ma­tion sta­tus as well as the over­ar­ch­ing inter­ac­tion of dif­fer­ent sub­sec­tions are essen­tial when it comes to quick­ly bring­ing new prod­ucts to the mar­ket. Using CI Suite 4, pro­duc­ers can focus on their core com­pe­tences instead of los­ing them­selves in the com­plex­i­ty of under­ly­ing sequences. Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary process­es are com­bined with coor­di­nat­ed and abstract­ed soft­ware prod­ucts, thus allow­ing inter­dis­ci­pli­nary per­spec­tives — from the devel­op­er to the machine oper­a­tor, from the prod­uct to the process. The stan­dard­ized sys­tem struc­ture and domain-spe­cif­ic lan­guages reduced to a min­i­mum result in a sig­nif­i­cant sim­pli­fi­ca­tion for the user.

Easy Inte­gra­tion of New Fea­tures

Stan­dard­iz­ing, expand­ing, dis­trib­ut­ing, mod­i­fy­ing, or updat­ing: intu­itive user inter­faces and pre­fab­ri­cat­ed mod­u­lar sys­tem solu­tions sup­port users in imple­ment­ing new func­tions quick­ly and with­out much inte­gra­tion effort. This results in a reduced time-to-pro­duc­tion and increased process qual­i­ty. Exter­nal tech­nol­o­gy can be inte­grat­ed and con­nect­ed eas­i­ly.

Tai­lored to Your Needs

Whether straight­for­ward screw­ing process or com­plex plant, com­po­nent, or glob­al sys­tem: CI Suite 4 scales and adapts to your pro­duc­tion envi­ron­ment with­out regard to the plant or sys­tem size. The scope of func­tions ranges from sim­ple data acqui­si­tion to the com­plete plat­form.

Max­i­mum Flex­i­bil­i­ty of Pro­duc­tion Means

By rep­re­sent­ing the degrees of free­dom of the machine in the CI Suite 4 para­me­ter admin­is­tra­tion it can be ensured already in the phase of con­struc­tion that the machine is able to respond most flex­i­bly in terms of nec­es­sary prod­uct and process changes. There­fore, the behav­ior of the machine can be adapt­ed reli­ably and repro­ducibly dur­ing the opti­miza­tion process.

Com­plete Con­trol: 100% Trans­paren­cy and Trace­abil­i­ty

Today, data play a key role in each pro­duc­tion process and are the basis of each opti­miza­tion. Due to the auto­mat­ed col­lec­tion of machine, oper­at­ing, and qual­i­ty data, CI Suite 4 ensures trans­paren­cy through­out all pro­duc­tion steps. Even cross-sta­tion data and infor­ma­tion are extract­ed from the PLC and are acces­si­ble to every­one from the plant oper­a­tor to the man­age­ment. All infor­ma­tion is stored which allows 100% trace­abil­i­ty ensur­ing that pos­si­ble impacts can be lim­it­ed quick­ly in case of opti­miza­tion or error.

Ana­lyzed and Opti­mized — Get out More Per­for­mance

Iden­ti­fy­ing com­plex inter­re­la­tions, iso­lat­ing weak points, and explor­ing options for opti­miza­tions — CI Suite 4 affords closed con­trol loops in pro­duc­tion via con­sis­tent analy­sis meth­ods. In the KPI cock­pit, select­ed data can be con­sol­i­dat­ed and visu­al­ized. To this end, CI Suite 4 offers the users pre­fab­ri­cat­ed ways of ana­lyz­ing. At the same time, the soft­ware pro­vides the oppor­tu­ni­ty to iden­ti­fy the influ­enc­ing vari­ables on the prod­uct via drill-down mech­a­nisms in every detail and to thus opti­mize them specif­i­cal­ly. The relat­ed analy­sis dash­boards can be drawn up by users them­selves. Through all this, per­for­mance and qual­i­ty increas­es can be achieved, from the indi­vid­ual means of pro­duc­tion to entire fac­to­ries.

Machine Learn­ing & Con­di­tion Mon­i­tor­ing

CI Suite 4 includes inno­v­a­tive analy­sis forms, thus allow­ing adap­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing through self-learn­ing process­es. In the course of Con­di­tion Mon­i­tor­ing, all avail­able data are col­lect­ed per­ma­nent­ly, and the man­u­fac­tur­ing process­es are mon­i­tored all the time. There­fore, users can respond to changes of con­di­tions ear­ly enough before cost­ly dam­age occurs. More­over, the machine keeps learn­ing: from the obtained data, it derives pat­terns and trends, thus allow­ing fore­casts for the future.

Con­sis­tent — From PLC to Glob­al Analy­sis

Nowa­days, pro­duc­tion is dis­trib­uted and net­worked across the world. By means of CI Suite 4, data are col­lect­ed, ana­lyzed, and dis­trib­uted on a glob­al lev­el, with data tech­nol­o­gy being con­sis­tent and inte­grat­ed — from the PLC to the glob­al analy­sis — and can also be expand­ed flex­i­bly. This ensures a loss­less exchange — at high­est data qual­i­ty.

Intu­itive Oper­a­tion

CI Suite 4 sim­pli­fies inter­dis­ci­pli­nary process­es in a clear­ly arranged and easy to use HMI, afford­ing a quick, intu­itive, and inte­grat­ed access to all plant objects and mod­ules. Any devi­a­tions between ide­al and actu­al pro­duc­tion become vis­i­ble imme­di­ate­ly so that even com­plex tech­ni­cal process­es can be mon­i­tored and con­trolled eas­i­ly. The end users take care of the sequences, CI Suite 4 sup­ports them in cross-sta­tion tasks involv­ing high data vol­umes. Due to the stan­dard­ized and opti­mized HMI, com­plex deci­sions can be made with­in a very short time, and sequences in pro­duc­tion can be con­trolled. Thus, train­ing expens­es for pro­duc­tion per­son­nel can be reduced.

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