The basis for digital, smart production is vertical networking to business applications such as SAP ERP and the horizontal integration of assets on the shop floor. On the shop floor (operational shop floor), existing heterogeneous systems, machines, equipment and tools must be digitized and made available through an interface. This makes it possible to send parameters to the resource and to send replies to the system.
Examples of machine connection:
- Machines and components
- Processing centers
- 3D printers
- Environmental parameters
- Pick-to-light systems
- Test / QM systems
- Laboratory Information and Management Systems (LIMS)
- (Label) printers
- And much more
Trebing + Himstedt supports customers in defining standard interfaces for their systems to make it possible to connect additional equipment by rollout in the future. Here, Trebing + Himstedt orients itself on the international standard ANSI/ISA-95 (S95) for developing an automated interface between enterprise and control systems. A standard interface for connecting machines from the SAP portfolio is SAP Plant Connectivity (SAP PCo), which, in addition to OPC UA, also includes support for MQTT, web service, and much more. To connect older machines (retrofit), a bus terminal is often sufficient to transmit I/O signals.