The performance of a smart factory is often evaluated by its capability in gathering, analyzing and aggregating data into useful information. The data is then utilized to predict future actions, make decisions and influence the coming state of a process.

In order to further explore the market opportunities brought by the smart factory, CTA interviewed two market leaders in software solutions for textile finishing at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018.

Sedo Treepoint moves forward to smart manufacturing

Mr. Manfred Mentges, Sales Director of Sedo Treepoint GmbH (left) and Mr. Herbert Guebeli, General Manager of Sedo Engineering SA.Sedo Treepoint, part of the Savio Group, develops and supplies integrated systems for the textile finishing industry. At the booth, Mr. Manfred Mentges, Sales Director of Sedo Treepoint GmbH, introduced the company’s complete solutions for Industry 4.0.

“Everybody is now talking about the industrial revolution. The main theme focuses heavily on Industry 4.0. As a specialist with 40-year experience in dyeing and finishing sectors, we started from producing PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) machines, moving forward to offer ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solutions step by step. This is how we pave the road to smart manufacturing,” Mentges emphasized.

In the way to realize smart manufacturing, integration is indeed a big task. “You have to unify all the controllers on the production floor but it is difficult to integrate different machines. Many factories are using a mix of new and old machines so it is necessary to put efforts on the integration of different systems,” he said.

As introduced by Mentges, the highlighted products this year included a new SedoMaster system, SedoExpert, EnergyMaster, etc.

The new SedoMaster system now supports new reporting system based on flexible configuration. “Apart from automation, generating customized report is getting more interests for our customers. With our solutions, users can access to the database and create their own reports. In this way, the report can help for the decision-making process at all management levels,” he remarked.

SedoExpert is an ERP/MES platform designed to manage a modern textile factories and to operate within a completely integrated, automated environment. In addition, it can be linked to the existing ERP systems in order to avoid redundant work and re-organization of an operation. “This solution provides fully optimized production process and increases efficiency of the production machines,” he noted.

As the topic of sustainability came into the spotlight in China, EnergyMaster is another focus of the Chinese visitors at the exhibition. Following the principle of Monitoring and Targeting, EnergyMaster maps the different energy consumptions, such as electricity, gas, compressed air, water, CO2 emission, etc. for further analysis and optimization. The integration of these energy parameters with the production data of SedoMaster provides insights into the relationship between energy consumption and production.

Moreover, Mentges told CTA that he was very satisfied with the company’s fast-growing business. “We see the demand for smart factory is increasing rapidly at the moment. Sedo had a very stable increase of turnover - We doubled already in the last 10 years. I believe we will double in the next 10 years. Or maybe even more.”

Speaking on the market development, he commented that Asia is a very strong market and China is playing an important role in this region. “Truly speaking, China is definitely the most important market in Asia for Sedo because it accounts for at least 20% of our turnover. Besides China, we are also the market leader in Bangladesh, India and Vietnam.”

He further revealed that, at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, the company will release a new generation of controller with new features and extended software and apps.

SETEX furnishes textile companies with digital intelligence

Mr. Oliver Schermuly, Managing Director of SETEX Schermuly textile computer GmbH.With the motto “Shaping the future together”, SETEX Schermuly textile computer GmbH successfully transformed from a manufacturer of the industrial PC-based machine controller to a globally acting full-line provider of machine and production automation.

At the booth, Mr. Oliver Schermuly, Managing Director of SETEX Schermuly textile computer GmbH, revealed that the company announced the strategic alliance with Halo, an ERP-provider and specialist for customized solutions from fiber to product, in August this year.

“The strategic alliance allows the teams from SETEX and Halo to put into practice a comprehensive solution for processing and finishing of textiles via integration of Inteos and OrgaTEX components,” Schermuly said. “The new product OrgaTEX-inteos is our next step for a comprehensive system towards industry 4.0.”

As introduced, the new OrgaTEX-inteos software is an innovative manufacturing operation management system that furnishes textile companies with digital intelligence for more profit along the textile value chain, from fiber to product, and from recipe to delivery.

Starting in the production-floor with IIoT-technic, SETEX controller leverages the full potential of all kind of textile production machines and offers a seamless solution for easy and sustainable integration into the OrgaTEX-inteos system landscape.

A diverse range of controller series, including SETEX 787TCE, 777CE, 646TCE and 535CE, were showcased at the booth to demonstrate tuned system kits for the wide range of requirements in textile machine automation.

“With our longstanding experience in cooperating with machine manufacturers using proprietary automation, we have also developed open standard OPC-UA communication adapters to share knowledge with units, working as silos until now,” he remarked. “We always prefer a functional, easy and wide access to supervise 3rd party machines on separate shop floor data collectors.”

Another highlight at the booth was the OrgaTEX maintenance manager. It provides an intelligent, networked service between PLC, HMI and MES software, connecting information from machine parts master data and maintenance rules with intelligent sensor data, presented in overview of current production planning.

The machine production availability is increased by the predicted maintenance and the production planning profits on the interplay of maintenance manager and OrgaTEX scheduler.