Digital transformation boosts manufacturing into Industry 4.0

5th February 2021

Digital transformation boosts manufacturing into Industry 4.0

SMS group uses automation and digitilasation to offer manufacturing solutions

SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Global leading digital solutions provider SMS group offers a range of smart products and services designed to enhance opportunities for new business models and provide long-term added value for plant operators in the form of enhanced plant performance and optimised operating and maintenance costs.

The company uses its digital technologies to turn data into information and information into value,  improving production, performance and output and lifting manufacturing plants and machinery into the world of Industry 4.0. Its state-of-the-art development methods and software solutions for predictive asset health, predictive product quality, predictive production planning and predictive energy management are all designed to help businesses save money, increase profitabiliy and conserve resources. SMS group notes that its technical service, digitalisation and electrical and automation systems business units have seen continuous growth over a number of years.

Digitalisation for new service solutions

New plants and the SMS group service business unit work closely to provide customers with maximum support during the complete life cycle of plants and machinery, finding suitable and efficient solutions for any challenges. The company continues to develop and expand its comprehensive service portfolio by adding smart, digital solutions. 

The company’s Smart Maintenance & Asset Health Solutions comprise a range of products, including electronic equipment documentation, or eDoc, and Integrated Maintenance Management System, or IMM, as well as its Genius CM (Condition Monitoring) system, Smart Alarm and 24/7 service hotline and automation remote support.

The Data Factory, developed in-house by SMS group, assures effective correlations between its various service solutions and provides a platform for the smart use and efficient evaluation of captured data. Its X-Pact automation solutions contain specific, technological functions, models and assistance systems, which reduce process control and plant operation activities to a minimum, while maximising product quality.

Using data provided by the X-Pact automation systems and supported by Artificial Intelligence, predictive models help to enhance plant availability, improve product quality and reduce operating and maintenance costs. 

SMS group continuously adds new digital  products to its range of Smart Maintenance & Asset Health Solutions in close cooperation with SMS digital and with a focus on real-time condition monitoring and predictive maintenance using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning capabilities.

Performance-dependent billing models

SMS group provides technical outsourcing services that fully manage a range of services, including all maintenance activities of a plant. Local SMS group teams have access to expert support on its international 24/7 hotline and remote support by means of automation, with access to technology specialists from the global SMS group network. The service ensures that plants are always operating optimally, while boosting availability and reducing maintenance costs.

SMS group also offers performance-dependent billing models, for on-line and off-line maintenance of continuous casting machines and the operation of roll shops. In performance-based service agreements, the amounts payable depend on how well the agreed performance targets have been met. Performance indicators could include production volumes or plant availability. 

Adding value with Equipment-as-a-Service

SMS group offers options for customers to use its components, machinery or ancillary equipment as part of a service package, reducing customers’ overall capital investments. The service package may also include services aimed at optimising operating processes and a pay-per-use financing model.

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