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Growth opportunities and competitive advantages through DVS Digitalization

The term “Industry 4.0” was discussed publicly for the first time at the Hanover Fair 2011. The aim was to
initiate the 4th industrial revolution by combining production with modern information and communication technology.

 

What initially began as an empty phrase and was also viewed critically in part, became more and more a practised practice. The driving force behind this development was undoubtedly the rapid entry of digitalization into society, which has led to an enormous increase in acceptance and awareness of the use of digital features.

This makes it easy to explain why employees, customers and suppliers are demanding new ways of working and digital features from industrial companies. While we in Europe are very careful with data due to our basic data protection regulation EU-DSGVO, Chinese customers are more open and therefore have higher demands on connectivity and new digital business models. Companies that have been more of observers in the past are now forced to initiate a change process in order to survive in an increasingly competitive market. For this “change process” it is not enough to simply build up digital know-how, but the way of thinking has to change fundamentally. The challenge here is to align the company in such a way that in the end the tried and tested is not abandoned and the company is still open to new technologies and new agile ways of working.

The DVS Technology Group is also going through this process. We are adapting our corporate strategy to meet the requirements of digital change, so that new opportunities arise for us to elevate our established federal system of agile individual companies with their individual strengths to a new level and thereby generate customer benefits.

We are addressing the issue of
Digitalization in three key areas:


  1. optimizing our internal processes and the interfaces to our customers and suppliers.

  2. developing digital products to enhance customer interaction and develop new business models.

  3. data-based further development of our products and services.

In recent years, the DVS companies have each developed their own ideas and products for the three fields of action. One example is the Hybrid Reactive ­Index (HRI©) developed by Präwema. With the help of an algorithm, important process parameters are combined to form a uniform index. The process status can thus be evaluated by the machine operator even without expert knowledge. Machine and tool wear are also made visible by trend charts. The expert version HRI©expert is a perfect tool for the process specialists of our customers who require more in-depth analysis options, such as order analyses. The software tools HRI© and HRI©expert have been successfully used in our honing processes for two years now and are also being successively further developed for other technologies such as power skiving.

In order to be even more ready for the future in the development of software tools, we will bundle our development know-how in a newly founded Future-LAB. Together with the experts from the DVS companies, we will continue develop the numerous ideas for digital products that round off our product portfolio. On the one hand, we will maintain the tried and tested, and on the other, we will jointly answer digital questions in the future.

Extensive information base
through DVS Connect

The first resulting digital product is the cloud-based customer relations platform “DVS Connect”. This platform brings together the customers, machines, tools and DVS employees involved in the process and thus intensifies the collaboration between us and our customers from ordering to ensue. By logging in to DVS Connect, customers gain access to information about their DVS products, such as machines, spindles and tools. On the one hand this is information about the procurement process and documentation, on the other hand the customers get an overview of the performance of their DVS products. The data required for this is provided from our ERP systems and machine and process data is evaluated and made available on the machines using edge computing. The machine-related data, such as the HRI©, are continuously transmitted online to DVS Connect. In parallel, we have developed smart tools and spindles on which we can store historical data. Thus, even without machine connectivity, the possibility of data-based further development and process optimization has been created. DVS Technology is a system provider. Through DVS Connect this system of machine spindle and tool becomes a harmonious unit.

The market offers a range of standardized software solutions for machine data analysis. In contrast, with DVS-Connect we limit ourselves to the essentials and combine data analysis and DVS-internal production data with expert know-how. A comprehensive tool has been created which can be used to evaluate the performance of the means of production. This forms the basis for new business models. One example is so-called operator models, in which our customers produce with our machines and invoiced are according to the number of units.

The DVS Technology Group has initiated a change process through which we have already positioned ourselves for future market requirements.

 

Mario Preis
CTDO
DVS Technology AG

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