Continuous development of the software, uniform software standards and the same user interface - with STIWA Manufacturing Software maintenance various machines of Bosch have a stable standardized interface from the machine control center to production planning and control. With this step, the highly automated networked production at Bosch secures up to date data acquisition software and significantly more efficient trainings.
The “factory of the future” by Bosch in Blaichach/Immenstadt relies on high-performance assembly systems and Manufacturing Software of STIWA Group. As long-term investments, the machines are up against a faster moving IT world. At the same time, the competitive situation forces a continuously high availability of the machines and continuous improvements of production quota. With the now completed maintenance contract with STIWA it is ensured that the Manufacturing Software remains up to date throughout the entire machine life cycle.
The worldwide largest automotive supplier
The German company Robert Bosch GmbH, that was founded in 1886 operates as an automotive supplier. With about 400,000 employees worldwide and a turnover of 77.7 billion euros, Bosch is the biggest automotive supplier worldwide. At the location Blaichach/Immenstadt - that manufactures high-tech systems for active driving safety like ABS, ASR and ESP® - a model plant for industry 4.0 was realized with the “factory of the future”: Autonomous conveyor systems deliver components to digital workstations, robotic systems support employees. The networked manufacture and logistics build upon the enormous amount of data from their high performance machines that harmonizes, analyzes and visualizes with the software Nexeed from Bosch, so the machine productivity can be raised and kept on a high level.
Investment and technology protection
The data interface of the machine as well as the machine itself are long-term investments that have to stay compatible at all times concerning the changes in the Manufacturing Management systems. “We offer our customers investment and technology protection: With our software maintenance service our Manufacturing Software stays up to date throughout the entire machine life cycle. Additionally our customers profit continuously from new functions and improvements that raise the performance of their machine. This way we secure the continuity of production output and the success of producing companies in the long run”, elaborates Alexander Meisinger, Sales Manager Manufacturing Software at STIWA, concerning the biggest advantages of STIWA software maintenance for the customer. Behind STIWA Manufacturing Software is the comprehensive know how of STIWA Group as mechanical engineers, producers and developers of their own software. This is how practice oriented solutions are developed for implementation in real production environments, and are custom-designed to meet the requirements of users and of all production and production-related levels. “We also pursue this principle in our processes. This way our maintenance service is also integrated in the development with corresponding synergies in continued development of inventory products as well as in the development of new systems” Alexander Meisinger and Stephan Kriener (Head of Development Manufacturing Software) emphasize on another important USP.
Update applies for the locations Blaichach and Aquascalientes
The development team at STIWA creates a new software update every half a year. This will later be available for the machinery of the Bosch plant Blaichach/Immenstadt as well as the machinery at location Aguascalientes in Mexico. In the future all additional features of a new machine can be integrated in all other machines this way. All machines are therefore consistently on the same software version. In combination with the uniform user interface, trainings of employees is even more efficient in the future.
Interface AMS ZPoint-CI and Nexeed: Global rollout
“We link the best from both worlds”, Christian Köpfle and Thomas Rebhan (both Engineering STIWA) summarize the situation. Order data, operating or machine data, quality-relevant parameters etc. flow between STIWA Manufacturing Software and Nexeed (formeröy OpCon) or Promaster. This standardized interface represents an important building block, because the necessary data is available at the machine as well as for group-wide analysis. This interface and features like f.e. measured value reply, bill of material comparison, support pallet archive or locking of batch numbers, etc. are not only available for current STIWA machines, but also for all future STIWA machines via maintenance of the manufacturing software. This is the cornerstone for a uniform human-machine-interface across all machines and uniform system interfaces.