Intelligent machines and integrated solutions
On the technical front, the focus is on communication between humans and machines, as well as other items. In the future, machines will display intelligent solutions rather than error messages. The ideal solution would obviously be “if the machines could optimize themselves through an adaptive parameterization in such a way that problems do not even occur,” says Stefan Soutschek, co-responsible for digital transformation at Schaeffler. In addition to this, the intention is to focus more on a ‘user-oriented approach’ instead of ‘by engineers, for engineers’; the same applies for modularization and component interconnectivity. This requires a company-wide and therefore global standardization of processes, components, and connectivity in order to avoid an unmanageable number of implementations. Schaeffler has used integrated and complementary solutions to achieve this such as a communications processor (CP 1545-1) for a new machine with Simatic S7-1500 or an industrial IoT (Internet of Things) gateway such as the new Simatic CloudConnect 7 for existing machines.