Thursday, 23 September 2021 14:52

New app makes access to real-time overall equipment effectiveness analytics available for Cumulocity IoT

Software AG CPO Dr Stefan Sigg Software AG CPO Dr Stefan Sigg

Software AG has launched an app to automate overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) calculation for its Cumulocity IoT platform. The new app will enable manufacturers of any size to collect and process key data as its created and quickly understand production effectiveness.

By monitoring production line availability, performance and quality, organisations can be more responsive to inefficiencies in their operations, enabling them to avert problems and capitalise on opportunities to be more effective, Software AG said.

Software AG says the Cumulocity IoT Overall Equipment Effectiveness app helps collect and analyse data from sensors in the manufacturing process, from heavy production machinery to painting and finishing. This data is integrated, analysed and represented as an effectiveness score (a percentage of target). Companies have been able to calculate their OEE for many years, but many of these processes are based on manual data collection and analysis. In many cases reports are produced on a daily basis. The new OEE app from Software AG aims to provide reports as frequently as every minute, helping organisations to identify problems or opportunities in time to react effectively to them.

Software AG CPO Dr Stefan Sigg commented, “Whether we’re talking about spotting problems that will cause faulty products – and therefore waste – or identifying over/under utilisation of equipment, the effectiveness gains that companies can make through OEE are significant. Until now, real-time OEE has been the domain of very large manufacturers who spend hundreds of millions on large MES implementations.

"The new Software AG app is a free addition to the Cumulocity IoT platform, so companies of any size can use it across production processes and machine manufacturers. Becoming more efficient in manufacturing is a key goal not just for the businesses themselves, but also for global supply chains and sustainability initiatives.”

DVS Technologies head of digital innovation and services Martin Preiss added, “We have started using the OEE product and so far the experience has been excellent. It integrates easily and completely into our operations and the Software AG team has been great. We’re looking forward to establishing a more insightful and outcome driven data loop in our business.”

Software AG pointed to the recent Forrester Wave: Industrial IoT Software Platforms, Q3 2021, which positions Software AG as a leader, highlights the importance of a strong foundational platform that allows applications to be built on top of it. “These applications are important, as they’re what frontline workers in asset-intensive industries use to realise value in their roles, calculating overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), monitoring KPIs, or predicting when critical components are likely to fail.”

Cumulocity IoT customers can try the new OEE app for no extra cost through the Cumulocity IoT app store. A pay-per-use model applies for those who chose to fully deploy. It is also available for smart equipment makers to embed into their machinery at the production stage, to better differentiate and increase the value to their customers. It can be set up to begin seeing results within a matter of days in some cases, Software AG concluded.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 17 September 2021.

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