The use of specialized machinery generates a flood of product-specific data that are required for various tasks. Data management in the field of specialized machine construction can be viewed as a problem or as a promising business opportunity. In the LCM Forum “IKT in Mechatronics” Dr. Christian Riedler of the Austrian machine construction company FILL reported on solutions for the interface between classical mechanical engineering and modern IT infrastructure.

The requirements put on data management with the use of specialized machinery have risen immensely in recent years. These requirements range across data acquisition from process automation, data storage in databases, data analysis for process optimization for machines and plants, and strategic planning regarding investments.

Manufacturers of specialized machinery, such as FILL, are thus challenged to provide solutions for the interface between classical mechanical engineering and modern IT infrastructure in order to meet today’s demands. In his presentation on Nov. 27 at LCM, Dr. Christian Riedler showed what new tasks and business fields have resulted for FILL and how the company’s IT services and software have responded to these challenges as well as what perspectives have emerged for the future of this mechatronic enterprise. Typical applications include data analysis systems (Efficiency Control Cockpit based on VDI guideline 3423, VDMA specification 66412) as well as cycle-time and weak point analysis.

In four events this autumn and winter, the LCM Forum “ICT in Mechatronics” provides the opportunity to attend talks by experts from science and industry and to discuss such aspects and future trends (e.g., Industry 4.0).

This work has been [partially] supported by the Linz Center of Mechatronics (LCM) in the framework of the Austrian COMET-K2 programme.

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