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Due to low margins, companies in the edible oil industry are looking for new solutions to increase the efficiency of production. Digitalization offers suitable answers: Simulation can save valuable time during commissioning. The analysis of operating and process data helps to optimize processes, plan maintenance measures, and make sound business decisions. Higher yields, improved energy efficiency, and the more frugal use of resources all help to reduce overall operating costs over the long term.
The Digital Enterprise enables manufacturing companies to streamline and digitalize their entire business process, seamlessly integrating suppliers into the mix. They can begin at any point of their value chain, from product design to service, and can extend digitalization gradually, depending on their current needs.
Process and quality parameters have to be continuously monitored in order to reliably produce high-quality edible oil. The formula and the manufacturing process are often complex. Our R&D Suite as well as a formula database support the tests and quality controls. Parallel to this, NX can be used to design the packaging. Virtual simulations ensure that the result looks good and can also be produced at a lower cost.
The second phase begins with digital production planning based on our integrated COMOS engineering tool. All the engineering data is consistently available on a central platform throughout the lifecycle of the plant. Plant components are then tested and further optimized using our Tecnomatix Plant Design software to maximize throughput and availability.
The production phase is the longest phase in the entire lifecycle of a plant. Most of the data is generated during this stage. This information is needed to ensure that the plant is always operated in the optimal range and to make the best business decisions. This requires the complete transparency and availability of this data across all corporate hierarchies. SIMATIC IT acts as a bridge to the actual production process, which is optimized continuously. This provides for the consistent exchange of data between the ERP system and production.
Specific apps based on MindSphere, the cloud-based open IoT operating system, can help to continuously improve production. This facilitates entirely new possibilities, such as predictive, preventive, and corrective maintenance concepts that offer real added value through greater plant availability.