CSP GmbH & Co. KG advises to only use manufacturer-independent software for tools and machines for process data management. Dependency on individual manufacturers can thus be avoided.
Consistent quality control in production across different tools and stations requires the use of manufacturer-independent software. This is the recommendation of the software provider CSP GmbH & Co. KG as the fifth of the six golden rules for quality assurance measures in the manufacturing industry. Many companies, e.g. in the automotive industry, use different machines, tools and software programs. This is often a historical development: When making new purchases, the most recent technologies are acquired while older stations are still used for many years. However, the problem arises when the production facilities and tools from different manufacturers are employed and their respective software is used to capture the process data. They will then only support a single process limited to this particular manufacturer. If different software is used for each process viewing the data across processes for comprehensive error prevention is then not possible. The solution is provided by integrated, company-wide process data management. This creates consistent uniform quality control and the possibility of analysing the data from the production process in many different ways beyond processes and manufacturers.
“The use of software solutions provided by the station or tool manufacturer seems reasonable and cost-saving at first sight because no separate software needs to be purchased. However, in the long term dependency on this manufacturer is created. This tempts the companies to only purchase products from a single manufacturer since his software thus supports the equipment”, warns CSP project manager, Alexander Cocev. If, by contrast, manufacturer-neutral software is used for process data management, this will also allow independence when purchasing new tools and stations. Company-wide, integrated process data management constitutes the valuable basis that the companies remain flexible in the long term. They can use the latest tool and system technologies of any manufacturer and link them via standard interface to the software. “This also affects cost saving permanently. If the competition among equipment manufacturers is preserved, better purchasing conditions can be negotiated” says Alexander Cocev based on his experience.
Error avoidance already during the production process is a special aspect of integrated process data management. Many faults slip in undetected with complex processes. Detecting such errors early on through all measuring and process data is therefore critical. After an alarm sent by SMS or email to the responsible persons because of exceeded limit values, the situation will be examined on site and irregularities can be counteracted. A life cycle file on all process data can also provide retroactive clues in case information on a process is required even years later where the corresponding quality standards must be evidenced.
CSP GmbH & Co. KG has developed comprehensive know-how in the field of process data over many years. With its IPM solution for integrated process data management it offers numerous functions for the support of diverse jointing process, e.g. screw joints, press joints, filling, temperature monitoring and much more – and all this completely manufacturer-neutral.
Author: Leonie Walter, Walter Visuelle PR GmbH