Companies must increase their investments in digital quality assurance
Krailling, November 8, 2018 – Digitalization enables quality assurance in the ongoing production process. However, this requires continuous real-time machine data evaluation and the corresponding interfaces. DiIT is calling for manufacturing companies to invest more in the quality aspects of the digitalization of their systems.
Despite high-grade automated production processes, most quality assurance work is still performed manually. There is hardly any digitalization and media disruptions are common. This is specifically where digitalization is presenting manufacturing companies with the new challenges of ever smaller batch sizes, shorter product life cycles and more diverse variants all which mean that new products must be brought to market more quickly.
Therefore, under the term “Quality 4.0” a concept has been developed which describes the requirements of digitalized production for quality assurance processes. The objective is to no longer only perform quality checks at the end of the process but also during the ongoing production process.
“For example, using the relevant sensors and on the basis of algorithms, machine data can be determined in the ongoing process,” says Bernd Jost, Managing Director of DiIT GmbH, the leading worldwide supplier of software solutions for wiring harness production. “Networked machines can capture quality-relevant data directly, for example the pressure exerted by a press. “Destructive measurements” are therefore largely superfluous because batches can be accurately tracked and conclusions can be drawn as to which specific parts are defective.”
However, Quality 4.0 requires comprehensive real-time machine data evaluation and interfaces through which the participating systems can exchange their data without media disruptions. Despite digitalization this practice is still in its infancy.
“Quality 4.0 can certainly not be achieved with the still current practice of read-outs and manual data input into other systems by operating staff,” stresses Jost. “Therefore, companies need to invest more in the quality aspects of system digitalization.”
The benefits of a comprehensive digitalized quality assurance are clear to see: faults due to incorrect settings can be immediately identified; systems can independently report necessary maintenance actions, for instance if there is a risk that tolerances have been exceeded or undercut. Furthermore, the seamless traceability of each batch is guaranteed which enables a fast containment in the event of a fault and reduces liability risks accordingly.
DiIT GmbH, based in Krailling near Munich, is the world’s leading provider of integrated software solutions for engineering, manufacturing execution (MES), customized wire harness production and logistics. DiIT‘s competencies are bundled in the “4Wire Solutions” software suite, which is primarily used for the production of wire harnesses and wiring systems in the automotive industry and other industrial sectors. By digitalizing the value chains, the company‘s innovative software optimizes and controls complex development, manufacturing and logistics processes and supports quality assurance and traceability. DiIT was founded in 1990 and has a subsidiary in Berlin. DiIT is also represented in the key markets Mexico and China. The company offers a comprehensive services package to both large and small customers which covers consulting, project management and customized implementation and training. The DiIT support line is available during 24 hours and 365 days. DiIT is a wholly-owned, independently managed company of the Schleuniger Group. Schleuniger is a globally active technology company and a leading solution supplier in the wire processing industry.
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