Corratec has manufactured all types of high-quality bicycles at its Raubling site in Bavaria since 1990. This is done via an electric monorail conveyor system that operates under a single roof. There are a total of 12 assembly lines, on which workers perform their separate assembly tasks. The existing visualization, which measures output and daily performance, is a single-user solution that can only display the data from the PLC in 10-minute evaluation periods.
The company wanted to create an information board for its production lines that brings together and visualizes all data sources available on the shop floor. The managers were looking for a simple, open dashboard solution that would allow for independent adjustments in the form of additional data sources and their own further developments. In addition, the investment costs should not exceed a defined framework. Ralph Sagberger, Head of Organization & Production at Corratec, summarized the challenge as follows: “We want to be able to see, what we’re doing, to flexibly visualize data from different systems and bring it together on a single dashboard. Our PLC, the S5 from Siemens, was the sticking point: We had to use proprietary software from a local manufacturer to display the data. But the presentation of the delivery times and prices did not match, and no changes were possible.”