software for the metals industry

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Transforming processes into customer-oriented software

Our modular software platform, qontrol, enables the digital mapping of all processes and process steps along the value chain under consideration (including raw materials, plants and machines). However, we also know that each of our customers has unique characteristics and specific manufacturing processes and that the one-size-fits-all approach is not applicable. qontrol is not a standard solution; it is tailored to the individual needs of our customers so that the following advantages can be achieved for production:

  • Complete transparency of all processes thanks to seamless data recording
  • Standardization of each individual process, as well as the entire chain
  • Buildup and further development of process know-how
  • Complete material management (consumption and stock)
  • Tracking of the most important operating resources in connection with maintenance tasks
  • Improved and transparent order planning (sequencing)
  • Optimization of raw materials
  • Minimization of energy inputs
  • Reduction of process costs and maximized process efficiency
  • Operator support by modern UX-driven GUIs
  • Supervision and control of the processes
  • Improved user-friendly reporting
  • Possibility of advanced analytics
  • Support for continuous improvement processes
  • Product genealogy: digital linking of products and process data

The qontrol platform

Our software platform, qontrol, is based on the most modern software architectures, including the microservice principles and Industry 4.0 guidelines, and combines both Level 2 and Level 3 functionalities from the classic automation pyramid. In this way, the essential areas of the operational control level and the process control level are embedded in a modular software platform.

Process control level

Data communication

We understand connectivity to be the logical points of contact of our software solution with external systems. Since the degree of automation in the manufacturing and processing industries often differs from application to application, this variability must be taken into account in a highly modular and generic architecture of data recording. The interface manager is an independent solution that can be installed and configured specifically for every customer. ERP systems, LIMS, machines and plants, intelligent sensors and other customer-specific systems can be quickly and efficiently connected to our software system.

Production tracking

With the help of this software component, all process-related data, downtime, resources and materials, as well as semi-finished products, are recorded. During production, the status of production (where and how products are manufactured or processed) is available or known at all times. Definable quality criteria can be evaluated in real time, and possible problems can be identified at an early stage. Complete production traceability production is guaranteed because all data is stored centrally. Subsequently, this data can be easily and holistically evaluated and analyzed.

Process manager

The process manager is the digital mirror image (the digital twin) of the individual processes. It contains both static and dynamic information. Static information can be specifications of process parameters, work instructions, quality criteria or target values. Dynamic information changes over time as the production processes progresses. In the process industry, these have to be calculated using specific models. Thus, the physical manufacturing process can be assessed, analyzed, predicted and optimized. To do this, the process-relevant data from the physical world must be transferred to the models. The simulation data are visualized, and depending on the degree of integration, the process can be controlled.

Operational management level

Master data management

The master data management enables the definition and administration of all the necessary parameters to answer the following questions:

  • What should be produced?
  • How must the product be produced?
  • What resources are needed for this?

Know-how management is at the heart of master data management. It defines how a particular product can be made. For this purpose, process-specific instructions for each step (recipes) can be defined and combined into a production workflow. The products themselves are maintained in the product definition. The raw materials and the equipment (machines/systems) are managed in the resource management module. The locations where the resources are stored are also managed.

Production dispatching

The production dispatching module merges master data, such as the product to be produced, the required resources and the workflow (i.e., the process-specific recipes) using production orders. These production orders can be received by an external system, but they can also be created manually. For a defined planning horizon, the order sequencing module enables the manual generation of a defined production sequence based on all available production orders.

Performance analysis

All cyclically recorded process data and events and material movements, as well as the equipment used, are stored in the database centrally and in relation to the production order. This production data stored in the database is converted into customer-specific KPIs and metrics, and it is made available in the form of trends, dashboards and reports that can be shared with other information systems. This means that all production data is analyzed and prepared so that it can be used to make decisions, evaluate your performance and support the continuous improvement process.

When to contact us

qontrol is a modular platform that can be applied well to different industries.

Main platform features are as follows:

  • A modern platform developed with latest design principles and a microservice architecture.
  • Scalable and expandable setup with easy upgrade possibilities.
  • Web-based client with responsive design.
  • Standardized and well-documented APIs to interface with third-party applications.

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