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Production Rules Configurator: rule-based analysis of production data

Production Rules Configurator

Detect deviations early on to ensure a timely response.
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What are the benefits of the Production Rules Configurator?

Based on graphically modeled rules, the software monitors compliance with the parameters established for the production process, and quickly detects deviations.

Early detection of deviations

Defining tolerance values and trends makes it possible to identify deviations at an early stage and immediately take the measures required to safeguard the production process, so as to avoid manufacturing defects and downtime.

Dynamic adjustment of maintenance intervals

Rule-based monitoring of production data enables companies to schedule maintenance intervals dynamically. Machines can be recalibrated and serviced as soon as the production data indicates that these steps are necessary.

Simple, customized implementation

Manufacturing experts create and customize the rule model.

Production Rules Configurator: making production processes more transparent

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Production Rules Configurator: challenges and solutions

When it comes to manufacturing, minor deviations from the norm can have a significant effect on product quality and machine utilization. Fixed maintenance intervals can cause losses in two different ways. First, a company may fail to identify malfunctions in time and/or incur unnecessary costs by servicing machines prematurely. Second, product quality may suffer due to suboptimal machine settings.

The Production Rules Configurator offers a graphical approach to rule modeling that enables you to monitor adherence to specified parameters in your manufacturing environment. The software detects any deviations that occur and immediately notifies the responsible person, allowing them to take the necessary steps to keep the manufacturing process running smoothly.

The starting point for this rule-based analysis is provided by process and machine data, which is forwarded to the Production Rules Configurator from existing systems such as a Manufacturing Execution System (MES). Data can be incorporated from individual machines or from the production line as a whole. The production experts at each plant can then use a flexible and tailored method of configuring the rules to be applied to this data in order to create an optimum production process.

Getting started with Industry 4.0: The Production Rules Configurator

The functions of the Production Rules Configurator at a glance

The Production Rules Configurator is a software tool that can be tailored to the specific needs of each individual user in their production environment. The tool makes it easy to translate know-how into rules for evaluating process and machine data in order to trigger the required action in the event of deviations or trends. This software solution makes it possible to achieve a fully transparent production process while simultaneously increasing production output.

1. Rapid and smooth implementation for data acquisition

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Integration of different sources of data

From a technical point of view, installation of the Production Rules Configurator requires minimal effort. The software can simply be integrated into the existing IT infrastructure. The measured values required to process the data in the rules system are transferred from the Manufacturing Execution System (MES), databases, and other existing systems by a built-in connector.

2. Analysis of production data from multiple machines

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Methods for the analysis of production data

The production data is analyzed in real time. Analysis can be carried out for multiple machines or production lines at the same time. This helps detect trends at an early stage, enabling a fast response. Various methods are available for the analysis, including threshold detection, Nelson rules, and trend analysis. We are continuously developing further methods that can be installed via software updates.

3. Targeted communication of production-relevant information

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Targeted communication

Modular rules and real-time monitoring enable the targeted sending of notifications for each analysis to the people responsible for specific activities in the plant. They also allow the system to trigger other specified actions.

4. Easy to use

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Intuitively model rules, even for complex business logic

The graphical modeling system provides an intuitive means for production experts to configure rules in the Production Rules Configurator. Users can choose from a range of functions that allow them to model, document, and test rules without requiring any programming skills. So even if you are not an IT expert, you can still individually apply multiple rules to a machine’s production process. The Production Rules Configurator is fast, flexible, and easy to use – making it perfect for everyday use.

5. Customized configuration and scaling

Rules are defined and modified individually for each machine and each production line. Additional machines and production lines can be integrated into the Production Rules Configurator at any time. Once rules have been created, they can also be duplicated and applied to new machines.

6. Continuous upgrading of the software

Extra functions can be added to the software by integrating externally developed Java extensions into the rules system – to apply rule-based analyses that are more in-depth, for example, or to implement the option of visualizing rule results on the production line.

In addition, the Production Rules Configurator can also be combined with additional software solutions from the Bosch IoT Suite.