Automation can only work if all data on the `Internet of Things´ is continuously visible, consistent and available – from the state in the machine to the reporting tools for management. SELMO designs the machine bit-precisely on a process basis and thus allows software-optimized data integration and control. In addition to maximum functional and failure safety, the plant operator achieves a high level of transparency – and thus the most important motor for success in Industry 4.0.
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is one of the basic key figures for the resource-optimized use of a machine. SELMO installs OEE testability in every bit. All components receive their own OEE identifier, all important data points can be read out via standard interfaces. At the digital twin, the process or software can run and be tested with SELMO, while the actual machine just exists on paper. This way virtual commissioning is possible via PLC – with the real PLC program and the HMI to be used later. This makes real commissioning safer and easier. In a retrofit, machines can be changed over at exactly the right time – without any loss of productivity.
If the machine is completely virtual, it can be transferred to any hardware in the future. This eliminates the question of whether the upgrade will run as smoothly and effectively as the original when it is replaced. Numerous evaluation options also help with important resource and optimization issues. Energy management becomes an everyday business when all data on consumption and utilization are collected, stored and evaluated consistently. This improves the ecological footprint. The data is the perfect basis for innovation, enabling manufacturers and developers to work on the machines of the future.
More models, shorter cycle times, a dense supplier system and a high degree of standardisation: the automotive industry was not the inspiration for the development of the SELMO standard without reason. Even though automation has gained ground via uniform standards, many complex processes are still often designed via different control specifications that are programmed manually.
This is error-prone, cost-intensive and slows down every process step in an already small-scale value chain. In the conception of the standard, the SELMO team therefore, concentrated from the outset on standardising generally valid functions and structures of machines and developing a common control language for all machines in the entire value chain. Because the standard is automatically translated, i.e. algorithmically generated, by the patented SELMO process, it is also adhered to.
Plant operators and process experts can use the SELMO method of process-logical modelling to focus on their core competencies – without any friction loss in project planning and without having to constantly reconcile fundamental requirements.
Every bit precisely under control.
What is not yet important in the process today can be integrated independently and without great effort tomorrow. This means that the future is moving into all processes as the most important component of modern value chains.