More productivity in networked manufacturing

Trumpf's Oseon software offers innovative functions for material flow, such as a transport guidance system for employees. © Trumpf - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Trumpf's Oseon software offers innovative functions for material flow, such as a transport guidance system for employees. © Trumpf - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

With the Oseon software, users can fully automate the material flow in their production without connecting a large warehouse. Production employees receive all relevant information on the manufacturing process as well as upstream and downstream activities intuitively displayed in their work environment without media breaks and paper.

Trumpf will present new software for digital production planning and control at its digital in-house exhibition “Digital Summit” on April 6, 2022. With “Oseon”, users can organize their production much more leanly and significantly increase their productivity. Among other things, the software offers companies completely new possibilities to control material transport flexibly and automatically. In addition, Oseon clearly displays all relevant information on the manufacturing process to production employees in their work environment.
“With Oseon, Trumpf is demonstrating its market-leading position as a solution provider for digitally networked manufacturing. The software reduces non-productive time and downtime, increases machine utilization and relieves personnel. This makes it possible to increase productivity by up to 20 percent,” says Wolfgang Liertz, Product Manager at Trumpf. Thanks to open IT interfaces, any company can use the software without any problems.

Perfect material flow even without bulk storage

The software makes it possible to fully automate the flow of materials on the shop floor. For this, it is not absolutely necessary to invest in a large warehouse. “Oseon makes it possible to synchronize the material flow with the production plan. In this way, users can react even faster and more flexibly to spontaneous events such as rush orders and process more orders in less time,” says Liertz.
To a large extent, the software controls the factory logistics itself: Users first store their production plan in Oseon. The machines throughout production continuously send the software their current process data. In addition to the data from the production plan and the machines, the software also has information on the load, the material stocks, the location of the individual transport trolleys and the required parts in the production hall.

Oseon provides the employee with all relevant information about his order in one program. This reduces errors and saves time. © Trumpf
Oseon provides the employee with all relevant information about his order in one program. This reduces errors and saves time.
© Trumpf

All orders in view at all times

To control the material flow efficiently, the Trumpf developers rely on a combination of barcodes and intelligent docking stations: For example, the pallets that transport the trolleys are equipped with barcodes. The employee scans these barcodes with a hand-held scanner after placing the processed parts on it. Thus, he “marries” the pallet with the load. He then pushes the transport carriage into a docking station developed by Trumpf, which has integrated sensors.
Alternatively, a driverless transport vehicle (FTF) controlled by Oseon can autonomously cover the route. As soon as the transport vehicle or the FTF has “docked”, the docking station transmits the information collected to Oseon. Now the software has all the data to organize the transport of the material efficiently.

The software thinks with you

Oseon not only independently takes care of the correct transport sequence, but also automatically sends transport orders to free FTF, or employees with transport trolleys. This ensures that the material always gets to the right place at the right time. If a company receives an urgent order, Oseon can flexibly reschedule the material transport. Unproductive downtime, for example because the machine has not yet been unloaded or no new raw material is available, is reduced to a minimum.

Support without paper and media breaks

Oseon also supports the production staff. The software shows them all relevant information about their job in their work environment on the tablet. “Production often comes to a standstill because employees lack information about the order. They then either have to look up the corresponding routing slip or go to the production planning program to find it. Oseon provides all details immediately and clearly on the screen. This prevents errors and saves time,” says Liertz.
In addition, Oseon provides users with easy-to-understand instructions for each step in the manufacturing process via tablet touch. The software navigates them through all upcoming tasks – from loading the machine with raw material to removing the finished parts. Because Oseon is easy and intuitive to use, new employees can quickly start their jobs.

Correct errors before they occur

To improve production with the help of their machine data, companies also have access to a new service from Trumpf – “Condition Monitoring”. To this end, all digitally networked machines transmit their current status data to Trumpf’s “Predictive Service Center,” for example the temperature or pressure of individual machine components. If anomalies and thus foreseeable downtimes or malfunctions occur, Trumpf proactively informs the customer and recommends solutions, either by e-mail, via the service app or by calling an expert. This allows the customer to fix the problem before an unexpected stoppage occurs or the machine produces unusable parts.

Can be used for any company thanks to open interfaces

Oseon is suitable for any sheet metal fabrication company that wants to make its manufacturing more competitive. The software can be used for barely networked production halls or in smart factories, regardless of the size of the company. Thanks to the open interfaces, the software is also suitable for users who want to integrate machines from other suppliers into their fully networked production in addition to Trumpf machines.