Munich, Germany -- KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH and Technische Informationssysteme GmbH (TIG) of Rankwill, Austria, have recently signed a cooperation agreement, under which they aim to work closely together on solutions for networking plastics processing machinery and for monitoring production data.
KraussMaffei said in a 25 March announcement that in mid-May they will launch of one of the first products from this venture -- the KraussMaffei Mobile Assistant, which will allow users to check key production data at any time via a smartphone.
"We are delighted that, in TIG, we have gained a leading supplier as our cooperation partner in the development of mobile software solutions to monitor our high-performance machinery and production processes," commented Dr Karlheinz Bourdon, head of the Injection Molding Machinery division of KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, in the announcement.
The solutions planned for KraussMaffei plastics processing machinery will be based on existing TIG software, and will be marketed under the KraussMaffei brand, but maintained and serviced directly by TIG
"We're proud to be working with KraussMaffei. This cooperation will give processors an advanced software solution enabling them to use their smartphones almost anywhere in the world to continuously monitor data from the shopfloor," points out TIG managing director and joint owner Ing Wolfgang Frohner.
KraussMaffei's new Mobile Assistant, "makes production processes completely transparent - from cycle times and reject rates to machine utilisation data - so that, wherever they are in the world, plastics processors have production data at their fingertips and can initiate adjustments if necessary. This can certainly be a competitive advantage for our customers," emphasised Bourdon.
The 'app' is the ideal smartphone solution for today's manufacturing world, helping processors keep in touch with the shopfloor at all times, claims KraussMaffei.
Operation is easy and the data are displayed in a clear, legible format. Customers select the parameters they want displayed and which machines are to be monitored - independent of type, manufacturer, age or location. The Mobile Assistant will make its debut at the KraussMaffei Competence Forum 2011 on 19 May 2011 in Munich.
PIC: Dr Karlheinz Bourdon of KraussMaffei