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Series Production with Lot-size-1 Flexibility

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 Series Production with Lot-size-1 Flexibility - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Automation & Control - Automation & Process Control Systems
Applicable Industries
  • Consumer Goods
Use Cases
  • Process Control & Optimization
The Customer
About The Customer
Nobilia manufactures 580,000 kitchens per year in two manufacturing plants located in East Westphalia, Germany.
The Challenge

Nobilia manufactures customized fitted kitchens with a lot size of 1. They require maximum transparency of tracking design data and individual processing steps so that they can locate a particular piece of kitchen furniture in the sequence of processes.

The Solution

With Beckhoff and Oracle in cooperation, a link between ERP and design software was created. Meanwhile, TwinCAT enabled Nobilia to continuously tap efficiency potential through the integration of stand-alone solutions. High-level language applications are used in production plants to communicate with the database and supply the respective plant controllers with adapted information. Solution Assessment - Type: IoT - Maturity: Medium (technology has been on the market for <5 years) Hardware Components - Beckhoff Control Panel

Data Collected
Communication Performance, Design Library, Parts Type and Number , Production Efficiency, Throughput Per Plant
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Productivity]
    Maximum production flexibility is enabled through the use of PC-based control technology.
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Production Flexibility]
    A lot size of 1 production is enabled by transparent data flow and system integration.
  • [Management Effectiveness - Internal Collaboration]
    Deeper integration of information across departments and business units improves internal collaboration and end-to-end customer service.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Initial test applications indicate annual energy savings of around 20%.

  • Productivity improvements of 10% are expected.

  • Initial tests indicate a reduction in maintenance expenditures of around 50%.

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