More than the sum of its parts: Together with nine partners, Asseco Solutions is introducing the wide world of the smart factory at CeBIT

  • 02.03.2015
  • Karlsruhe

The whole is often more than the sum of its parts. This is particularly true with the huge Industry 4.0 trend. Because only the networking of individual production components enables a higher degree of automation and efficiency. However, for efficient production processes, not only the machines and production systems must be able to communicate successfully with one another. The individual components of the underlying software solution must also be seamlessly integrated and coordinated with one another to make possible the smooth flow of smart processes in the first place. In light of this, Asseco Solutions will be presenting the "smart factory you can touch" together with nine partners at this year's CeBIT at Stand F16 in Hall 5. The new APplus solution, with the integration of many solution partners, offers all components companies need for modern production processes in Industry 4.0 style from a single source: From the central manufacturing execution system to specific detail planning to high-performance functions for quality assurance, mobility and business intelligence.

For nearly two years, with many research projects with the Institute for Industrial Management at the RWTH Aachen University or the Industry 4.0 Application Center at the University of Potsdam, among others, Asseco Solutions has been researching and developing the new technologies with which smart production processes can be realized in actual operation. Based on these empirical results, Asseco Solutions will be presenting its new solution for the smart factory, which makes networked production in mid-sized production facilities reality with numerous functions such as an integrated MES system as well as extensive parametrization options, exclusively at CeBIT. The specialized components for this system are delivered by many solution partners of the ERP specialist, who together with APplus, cover all areas of a smart factory in an integrated manner and from a single source:

  • N+P – powerful MES for the smart factory
    Consulting firm and system vendor N+P Informationssysteme will be presenting its know-how as a competence center for the specialized areas of the automotive industry, MES and PLM together with Asseco Solutions at CeBIT. The highlights include the cross-process parametrization recording system integrated into the new APplus solution as well as the APplus MES and PLM modules suitable for mid-sized companies. With APplus MES, customers can considerably increase their productivity and quality. The underlying data network will be demonstrated live at the trade fair stand by N+P. In addition, N+P will demonstrate the topic of product life management on the software end with focus on the administration of product and development data, integrated in (multi)-CAD and ERP. Many practice-oriented talks, covering Industry 4.0 as well, will give interested visitors well-founded information and present concrete application examples.
  • DUALIS – detailed planning and production control station on one platform
    Precisely in times in which cost optimization, absolute on-time delivery and smooth order processes are more important than ever, detailed planning systems have a key part. At this year's CeBIT, optimization specialist DUALIS IT Solution will present its detailed planning tool APplus APS. The solution is extremely flexible and can be scaled from manual order planning per drag-and-drop to the automated planning of complex requirements. The tool plans orders optimally depending on the currently available machine, employee and tool resources and their limited capacities concerning schedule and cost aspects. This includes order scheduling as well as visualization of results in the graphic control station. Users will therefore profit from high on-time delivery, increased machine utilization, optimized throughput times as well as lower operating costs.
  • Babtec – ensuring the best production quality
    Quality specialist Babtec offers an integrated solution for quality planning, quality assurance and quality management with APplus QS. The company will demonstrate its modular CAQ software for computer-assisted quality assurance, among other products, at the Asseco Solutions stand. It fulfills the requirements of both individual and serial manufacturers. In addition, the entire goods receiving process including serial numbers can be exchanged bidirectionally and made transparent. Other scenarios, such as the manufacturing process, can be conveniently illustrated.
  • 3mobility solutions – be connected on the go
    With the motto "We make company processes mobile!", 3mobility solutions, specialist for dynamic app creation, will give a preview of the new version 8 of its APplus Mobility platform. This enables the simple creation and graphic design of applications for tablets and smartphones with the help of a new, extended configuration and design surface. All created applications utilize one configuration ("OneConfig") and are available to the user as native and hybrid apps, with all device-specific features across all platforms on Windows, IOS and Android. Users can therefore create applications for using APplus quickly and conveniently without additional middleware. Concrete practical applications in the form of CRM, service and sales apps will be demonstrated by the 3mobility experts live on-site at the Asseco stand.
  • PrimeFact – your own range of products at a glance at any time
    PrimeFact, specialist for product configuration and variant management, will be presenting its innovative APplus product configurator at the Asseco stand. It supports manufacturers in sales and the production of complex, variant-rich products, thereby enabling considerable gains in performance. All product relationship knowledge, whether of technical or commercial nature, can be maintained via user-friendly methods and interfaces. This makes it possible to execute all offers, orders and service events quickly and without errors. Thanks to the support of different platforms such as server-centered, Web or even mobile applications, a wide variety of business scenarios can be supported by the solution.
  • IMS - optimizing process flows, increasing efficiency
    Quality management systems are the foundation of modern company management and make comprehensive increases in efficiency and quality possible for users. IMS, the specialist for integrated management systems, will be demonstrating how a respective process-oriented system can be effectively implemented at the Asseco Solutions stand. Its solution, APplus IMS, supports the implementation of conventional norms and standards, thereby effectively covering all critical company processes such as procedures, document management, continuous improvement, risk management and audits. Thanks to the close link to APplus, users can access the related process documentation from the entry screen with just one click. In this way, employees get a better understanding for processes, training times are shortened and the quality of company processes is optimized.
  • CSS – transparent processes for accounting, controlling as well as HR
    Software specialist CSS will present its APplus Finance complete business solution live at CeBIT. With APplus Finance, the user gets one-hundred-percent integration of controlling, accounting, human resource management and CRM. The commercial software ensures efficient networking of all processes in a company: Ordering and order processing, financial accounting, invoicing, contract management, project management and human resources with staff and travel management and much more. Furthermore, the group consolidation ensures efficient company administration even on an international level. All documents, analyses and reports are available to the user with the press of a button by means of drill-down technology. The solution thereby enables optimally networked and transparent company processes without media disruption.
  • aruba – analyses and reports for the decisive advance in knowledge
    Business intelligence specialist aruba informatik will be presenting its integrated solution, APplus BI, which enables comprehensive and profound analyses and reports without performance losses in live operation based on the new APplus Data Warehouse, at CeBIT. Within only two days, the user is able to create individualized reports with the BI solution, which an efficient step towards self-service BI. The also integrated "Enterprise Scorecard" enables APplus users to represent KPIs, strategies and measures, another central aspect of a comprehensive enterprise performance solution.
  • Mjthos-Solutions – APplus implementation by the experts
    Consulting firm Mjthos-Solutions, a sales and consulting partner, is implementing the Asseco solution throughout all relevant business processes such as sales, materials management, production and quality. The customer's processes are analyzed, customized and integrated into the ERP world of APplus in the framework of business process modeling, with special attention paid to compliance with quality management standards ISO 9001 and TS16949. Furthermore, the consulting specialist offers revision-proof document management: To do so, the DMS system of d.velop AG can be integrated into the business processes and business objects of APplus. Detailed process flows as well as opportunities and benefits for companies will be on center stage of the Mjthos presentation at the Asseco stand.

The wide world of the smart factory at the Asseco stand in Hall 5

All nine Asseco partners will be presenting their products live from March 16 - 20 at Asseco stand F16 in Hall 5 at this year's CeBIT in Hanover. All interested visitors can also see and be astounded by the new APplus solution for the smart factory, whose functions will be demonstrated and described in detail in practical application scenarios by Asseco Solutions experts.