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Brownfield digitalization: IoT gateway from Reifenhäuser sets new standards

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Anyone wishing to be well-positioned for the future will not be able to avoid upgrading or retrofitting their production lines.

In this context, it's worth remembering that data generates knowledge and knowledge results in a head start. Reifenhäuser focuses on connectivity in the production process. In addition to its expertise and technology for developing new, digital lines, the Troisdorf-based company has more to offer. The "Extrusioneers" also help customers to significantly improve their processes on existing lines and to digitalize production. "Our extrusion experience makes us specialists in manufacturing processes, and in deriving and appropriately presenting relevant indicators," commented Dr. Benedikt Brenken, Head of Business Development in the Reifenhäuser Digital business unit.

Connectivity creates added value for existing lines

The IoT gateway from Reifenhäuser enables new and old lines – either constructed in-house or from other manufacturers – and subsequent equipment to be connected to Reifenhäuser's digital software solutions. For example, the performance cockpit delivers personalized data and indicators that are crucial for optimizing processes.

Diverse applications thanks to the modular design

Reifenhäuser's strengths include the extensive knowledge and experience of its 1,600 extrusion specialists around the world, which feeds into the software and hardware of the system's individual modules. As Brenken says: "Reifenhäuser has a wide range of line types, control systems, and protocols that we can cater to. As a result, we bring along the expertise necessary for connecting the lines." Once customers have digitalized their interfaces, they have taken the decisive step towards the future.

"We don't see digitalization as a trending topic, but as a logical next step in devleopment," added Brenken. "Working with our customers, we have developed what was initially a pilot at K 2016 into tried and tested solutions."

Want to know more? Our digitalization experts will be happy to provide you with plenty of information at K 2019 in Düsseldorf from October 16 to 23. Come and see us at our stand C22 in hall 17.

The IoT gateway enables that lines can be connected to Reifenhäuser's digital software solutions. The IoT gateway enables that lines can be connected to Reifenhäuser

 

About Reifenhäuser RD

Reifenhäuser Digital (RD) offers software solutions and services for optimizing and networking lines for plastic extrusion. RD's hardware and software provides customers with digital support for increased line availability, improved energy efficiency, and greater product quality, thereby generating added value in production.

About the Reifenhäuser Group

Reifenhäuser Digital (RD) is a member of the Reifenhäuser Group, the leading provider of innovative technologies and components for plastics extrusion. Founded in 1911, the company delivers advanced solutions to customers around the world through its highly specialized business units. With its technologies and the know-how of its 1,600 employees, Reifenhäuser has the world's largest network of expertise in plastics extrusion technologies. The CEO of the Group is Bernd Reifenhäuser.

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