Full delegation of IT tasks
Building a dedicated, on-demand team
Operators paperwork elimination
It is Freudenberg Sealing Technologies (FST), thanks to whom the terms 'sealing system' and 'simmering' have become synonyms. FST products can be found in cars, household appliances, power tools, transportation, mobile machinery, and other 20+ niche industries. German concern, Freudenberg Group has factories in 60 countries around the world. For more than 25 years, one of them stands in Opatovice nad Labem—a small village in the Czech Republic. This factory belongs to the Freudenberg Sealing Technologies business group. More than 350 people work on delivering perfect sealing for companies like Siemens, Bosch, John Deere, and others here.
Since the company's driving engine is innovation, data processing is crucial. But because they are not an IT company, they were looking for a vendor to outsource data processing solutions based on multiple use cases. There was one condition; it should be a partner who does not only execute but also comes up with their own ideas for improvement and thus could enrich the current state of data processing.
Even though at Emprover, we create and build customized data processing solutions, in this very case, we were asked to use our knowledge and experience to help improve the work with an existing solution based on the SCADA platform, Ignition. Saying Yes to this challenge resulted in gaining experience in developing the Ignition platform.
First, discovering the limits of the Ignition platform
We have learned that however excellent and functional the platform is, it does have its limits. This was mainly related to the platform's general vs. specific solutions. Thus, we are in constant touch with the Ignition community and their support center, which has already accepted some of our ideas for improvement and included them in their future development fixes. Our added value was combining our other-technologies experience and IT standards solution development with the practices of creating industry IT solutions within Ignition. This way, we have mixed a tailor-made cocktail of effective IT solutions using proven standards.
Second, starting small—gaining credibility
Our aim, no matter the industry, is a step-by-step-built partnership between our clients and us. That is why, in the case of the Freudenberg—Emprover cooperation, we started with small but essential tools: Manufacturing process inputs. Since the Ignition platform works not only on desktops and kiosks but on mobile devices in different conditions (such as Zebra), it was also vital to create a function that would automate as many values and variables as possible. Here is how we made the assembly lines operators' job easier:
Gaining time and workforce by delegating IT agenda to Emprover
'Getting rid of programming' is a wish of many companies, and it's completely understandable. FST has defined requests on the components' functionalities and provided us with their ideas on the functional design. This is because we are creative developers—we design the whole architecture—the UX/UI design and functionality.
We have designed all the solutions (tools, systems, projects, and modules) on the Ignition platform functionally unified in terms of both visuals and functions. Like this, the operators can operate any unit without having to learn new systems.
Substitution of paperwork
Thanks to our solutions, some parts of the manufacturing process have become paperless, e.g., operators do not have to fill in the charts with a pen manually. This has led not only to saving time but also to error elimination.
From local to global—building a specialized, dedicated team
The volume and level of tasks we receive are constantly growing. After successful cooperation with the Czech branch, we have been asked to work on global Ignition-based solutions. This request has motivated us to create the Ignition Academy—a local ad-hoc and on-demand team certified by Ignition's authors, Inductive Automation—and thus become an officially accredited Ignition integrator for Central Europe and above.