Forming technology meets edge computing 27 October 2021

Schuler, a machine and plant building company, is cooperating with German Edge Cloud, a specialist in edge and Cloud systems, to offer a track and trace solution for press plants.

The ability to trace components, driven by the automotive and aircraft industries, is rapidly gaining in importance. Through this partnership, Schuler and German Edge Cloud (GEC) are combining expertise in forming technology with skills in edge and Cloud technology, to achieve greater transparency and networking in production, as well as across the entire value chain.

This joint solution is already being employed in a pilot project: Smart Press Shop GmbH & Co KG, a joint venture between Porsche and Schuler with a fully networked press shop in Halle an der Saale, Germany, which is being used for the flexible production of body parts for Porsche and other producers.

“With our data driven press shop and the associated Schuler Digital Suite track and trace system, we are responding to our customers’ call for easy to use total solutions,” explains Domenico Iacovelli, Schuler Group’s CEO. As a companion on the path to digitalisation, the company is thus ensuring complete transparency in production. “In the event of any product recalls, for example, the entire supply chain can be traced – without any gaps – and the cause of the fault can be quickly identified.”

GEC supplied a central software module for the track and trace system while Schuler is also developing additional modules based on the user centred design approach. The front end can be run on various mobile devices.

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