Schuler is a manufacturer of sheet metal processing equipment—decoilers, roller straighteners, coil welding machines, high-performance roll feeds, cut-to-length lines—for the automotive, electric motor, and appliance industries. Michael Weiher, project manager for digital solutions at Schuler, explained to Hannover Messe audiences at a joint presentation with Siemens how equipment manufacturers can benefit by implementing industrial edge devices.
“Our goal has always been to increase the productivity and efficiency of our machines,” says Weiher. “We recognize that digitalization offers great potential for that. Edge computing is the only way to get data, raw or already refined, from the machine into the system. With edge computing, you can combine the security guidelines from IT with the flexibility demanded by OT. That’s why we go with Siemens Industrial Edge and Mendix.”
Siemens Industrial Edge is an open computing platform that can process data where it’s generated: at production machines, machine tools, processes, and plants. Manufacturers can use that data to optimize workflows, save resources, and improve quality. Siemens Industrial Edge also gives manufacturers access to higher computing power, greater storage, and remote access with cloud computing.
Built into Siemens Industrial Edge are connectors for the Mendix platform. With the platform, Schuler empowers the business technologists in its workforce to write industrial edge device applications quickly and easily.
“I prefer that everything is developed in the Mendix platform,” says Weiher. “You have the database, you have the possibility of drag and drop, and it’s easy to start your workflows. And if you need help, you can always go to Mendix or a Mendix partner.”