Two innovation leaders, Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) and theurer.com, are collaborating to take an important step towards further digitisation of the workflow with RUBY, the IoT system for optimising packaging production in the digitalisation of the value chain. By intelligently improving parameters, higher productivity and better quality are achieved. Thanks to data-based error detection and alarms in real time, packaging production also becomes more efficient.
The focus of the cooperation is based on a plug-and-play concept for the new connectivity module RUBY Connect 4 Flow, which digitises the manual order process at the machine. This enables W&H machines, initially limited to the business units of printing and extrusion, to be networked via RUBY with the C3 ERP/MIS software from theurer.com.
The aim is to create a standardised solution for the digital transfer from C3 to the W&H systems and from the W&H systems back to C3. In this way, the transfer of order data and machine settings, as well as production feedback, take place digitally. This allows experts to prepare the job with all relevant machine parameter settings like temperatures, tensions etc. conveniently from the office and to send all this data digitally to the subsequent job level of the different machines. All that remains is to select the next job from the list and all machine parameter settings are already done at the push of a button.
The cooperation brings great added value for W&H customers: There is less integration effort during installation, the degree of automation can be directly increased and human error settings can be reduced.
“We are pleased to create new benefits for our customers. Thanks to the cooperation, RUBY will be networked even more efficiently. This not only saves time and prevents errors but also ensures maximum transparency as well as production control,” reports Stefan Brinkmeier, Product Manager for Connect 4 Flow at W&H.
theurer.com offers its customers many advantages with C3: From digital production orders via MDC/DMI to the transmission of orders to machines and now the connection to RUBY. Nevertheless, RUBY remains an open system that can be networked with other ERP systems than C3.