Inox House S.r.l., leader in the application of the aluminum induction bottom, wants to create a new production line totally integrated into the factory information system according to the Industry 4.0 model. The new production line consists of various machines built by different suppliers. Inox House intends to become a Smart Factory and take advantage of modern technologies to achieve the following objectives:
The new production line consists of:
Particular attention was paid to the choice of the screw press, a machine that allows, through a large flywheel, a multi-pronged screw and above all a heavy hammer, to develop large energy values in a very short time, to allow a high performance welding since the materials to be joined interpenetrate each other. This press exerts a force of 3500 tons.
To achieve the goals of Inox House, T4SM has designed a solution capable to communicate with all PLCs and computers of the various machines in the line. It was created a data exchange module with the company management system to allow managers to have control of production and above all of the process in a simple and effective way. The supervision system interface has been designed side by side with the client, creating several intermediate versions to understand the pros and cons of each proposal, up to the final version that allows production managers to see the important production and process data in a clear and immediate way.
The developed software constantly monitors the configuration parameters of the production line, since any small setting error significantly changes the final result of the operation. This therefore means:
1. Ensuring product quality and drastically reducing waste, optimizing production;
2. Ensuring the correct functioning and setting of the machinery, thus avoiding serious losses due to damage caused by incorrect setting;
3. Having all the parameters set under control and track any changes made by expert technicians.
Thanks to the T4SM solution all the pre-established objectives have been achieved. The main benefits experienced by Inox House are in particular:
For Inox House and T4SM, adopting the Industry 4.0 model means working in a simpler, faster way, reducing errors and running costs, and monitoring a production process with many setting variables, being more efficient and competitive to respond to new market challenges. Both in economic terms, but above all in terms of quality, being the product destined for a medium-high market segment where the attention to the energy efficiency of the piece is important.
I’m very satisfied with the realization of this new production line that fully achieves the objectives and expectations I set in the design phase.
In particular I’m extremely happy with the collaboration with T4SM, both with Mr. Vivante, and with all the staff, because, in addition to a precise and timely availability, they have shown a remarkable technical and design expertise proposing unexpected innovative solutions.
Furthermore, the attention in coordinating the various suppliers was very useful and very precious to me. I rarely came across a supplier who solicited the customer. Surely in the future it will be very useful for me to collaborate on implementing a process control in other departments of the company.
Alberto Bugatti - Founder - Inox House