The countdown is on – SPS 2022 will open its doors at the beginning of November. At its booth #5-230 in hall 5 and on the virtual ‘SPS on air’ platform, the Austrian software company TTTech Industrial will show its industrial IoT solutions that support machinery and equipment manufacturers as well as manufacturing plants in working more efficiently and more cost-effectively. There is a lot of potential in, for example, condition monitoring, which helps to avoid production downtimes, as well as in remote maintenance, which enables faster service and reduces travel times. The open, modular edge computing platform Nerve provides the basis for collecting and visualizing machine data as well as for secure remote access to machines.
The mechanical engineering sector is looking for ways to reduce cost, while at the same time ensuring highest product and service quality for its end customers. Industrial IoT solutions support in the optimization of processes, the efficient use of resources and the improvement of service offerings.
„TTTech Industrial supports its customers on their digitalization journey. We are there from the beginning – with Nerve, we offer them an industrial IoT solution that is tailored to the customers’ needs and grows with their business. Our customers often come from the mechanical engineering sector, like Fill and Felss, but we also see demand for digitalization solutions in other industries, e.g. from suppliers to the energy industry like GKN Hydrogen. Nerve was designed to enable machine connectivity and to provide a secure basis for managing applications, software and devices from different vendors locally and remotely, e.g. via a cloud solution,” explains Tamara Terbul, Marketing Manager at TTTech Industrial.
Nerve is an open, modular platform suited for companies from different industries. Nerve offers customers complete flexibility and cost control. They can create the best solution for their use case from several modules and expand it as needed. Nerve is vendor-independent, both in terms of hardware as well as the hosted devices and applications and offers a flexible cost model. Nerve is ideally suited for use cases like condition monitoring and remote services, which have recently increased in importance.
Condition monitoring measures key indicators at the machine (e.g. vibration, throughput times or temperature) as a means to discover possible error sources at an early stage. This way, processes and use of resources can be optimized and production downtimes avoided. Nerve delivers the data basis necessary for these applications. With Nerve, data from PLCs or other sources (S7, Modbus, OPC UA) can be stored in a local database using the integrated data gateway and sensor data from fieldbuses (Profinet, EtherCAT) can be read. Data can then be visualized locally with the integrated Grafana visualization tool and used as a basis for setting up alarms.
Fill, a leading international machine and plant engineering company, uses Nerve to collect, process and analyze machine data for its smart factory solution “Cybernetics”. Nerve enabled Fill to reduce its software development cost by 45% and shorten time-to-market.
Remote services include services and maintenance activities at machines and production lines during which service technicians are not present on-site. Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 as well as higher travel cost and waiting times for customers are some of the reasons why remote services are becoming increasingly interesting for companies. With Nerve, users can remotely access all devices within the machine to manage, deploy and update software and applications. A remote desktop (VNC and RDP) can be displayed directly in a browser without the need for installing additional software and logs can be collected centrally for all devices. Users can also choose when they want to work online. They can, for example, use the Internet connection only during remote maintenance and otherwise work in offline modus.
“We are very much looking forward to SPS and the personal discussions with customers. Every company has its own requirements for its industrial IoT solutions – that is why the exhibition is the ideal time to exchange information and to show how Nerve can be used for individual requirements,” says Tamara Terbul, Marketing Manager at TTTech Industrial.