Industry 4.0 is said to be the driving force behind the current CIM (Computer-Integrated Manufacturing) strategy being developed by Schumacher. The German company describes the objective of its new project as the development of a comprehensive system for process control in the production of rotation-symmetric precision tools. As is explained, the core components of TP comprise Tool Design and Tool Simulation. When further developing Tool Production, the focus is reportedly placed on a CIM concept developed in the 1980s that was implemented at the manufacturers more than 20 years ago with the support of RWTH Aachen University. As the exhibitors put it, based on the central process control of CIM, Tool Production is intended to put the Industry 4.0 concept into practice for tool producers with a digital, decentralized process control of the entire company setup and all its operations.
Digitalizing and controlling the process chain
Under the project name Tool Production (TP), Schumacher can digitally depict the entire process of the precision tool manufacturer covering order processing, design, simulation, production, quality management, controlling and the warehouse and distribution logistics.