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How might your networked production look?

No two production environments are identical. And it’s the same for networking: it all depends on your goals and requirements. Based on two of many possible scenarios, discover the potential networked production holds for you.

Automatic quotations in connected production.

Converting a quote into an order often takes longer than it should. WebCalculate helps customers calculate the cost themselves. They just upload a DXF file and get a personalized quote. It’s a quick, easy and reliable method that works around the clock – and TruTops Fab lets you seamlessly transfer the data to your production process.

Automatic quotations
Automatic quotations

An easier way to prepare quotes.

Drawing up quotations the conventional way is a time-consuming business. The customer email their request, you calculate how much it will cost, the customer phones to check the details and, finally, you send out the quotation. Connected systems make this process quicker, giving you more time to spend on what really matters.

A clear overview of the entire production planning process.

The connected world is a paperless world. Your production coordinator creates the production run on a computer using TruTops Fab. This is then automatically incorporated in the electronic order pool. Planning is easier because you can check the status of your machines at any time. What’s more, it’s easy to connect to existing ERP systems.

Fast programming of changing orders.

Most companies use different modules to carry out design and programming. Programmers sign routing slips and return them to their colleagues in the order processing department. TruTops Boost connects up these processes and automates your programming tasks. So you can move from the basic geometry to the NC program faster than ever before!

Efficient production planning
Smart programming

Prepare production orders at the touch of a button.

In a traditional setting, the production coordinator creates at least some of the production workflow manually and prints accompanying documents such as routing slips and set-up plans. Aspects such as capacity utilization and machine sequence planning also have to be organized manually. The connected factory significantly reduces this workload.

Paperless parts selection.

Instead of searching for and checking paper job slips, you can save time and reduce downtime by using a paperless unloading and sorting method. Information is available exactly where it is needed. The machine executes the production schedule from TruTops Fab, and the intralogistics are handled by a staff member in the dispatch department. So the operator can focus all their attention on the machine.

Keep track of your production processes.

Setup schedules, routing slips, job handling and acknowledgments typically involve laborious work. But now the TruTops Fab App lets you keep track of your production processes anytime and anywhere. Simply use your mobile device to help you sort and select parts and confirm when orders have been completed. You also get continuous access to your production orders and machines wherever you are.

Smart parts replace routing slips.

In traditional manufacturing, routing slips accompany parts from one workstation to the next. The smart factory simplifies this process, giving each part a unique identifier in the form of a Dot Matrix Code. And when it comes to unloading and sorting parts, the TruTops Fab software shows you exactly where each part belongs. The result is fewer accompanying documents and lower error rates.

Paperless unloading and sorting
Overview of production workflows
Smart parts

Connected production.

Machine operators in traditional manufacturing environments are constantly consulting job slips in order to manually start jobs, sort parts, and assign routing slips and set-up plans. The machines themselves often stand idle for some of this time. In contrast, connected production facilities enjoy optimized indirect processes and a clear overview of production workflows.

How the connected factory reduces legwork.

The smart factory simplifies intralogistics between workstations, shifting material handling onto wheels. Assisted by intelligent visualization functions, the machine operator identifies all the parts that are due to follow the same route through the production process and places them on the same pallet. The operator then moves the full transport cart to the handover zone ready for the next stage in the process.

Reduce legwork

Rethinking intralogistics.

Machines often stand idle while the operator organizes the transportation of materials. In connected production, the operator becomes a process manager, controlling the flow of materials based on a clear overview of the entire process.

Smart parts.

Each part’s Dot Matrix Code contains information on the next bending operation. So instead of laboriously reading in the accompanying documents, the machine simply identifies the part itself via scanner and immediately starts the right bending program.

Human-machine interaction.

There’s no longer any need to commission folders of accompanying documents in the connected world. The deluge of paper has been replaced by digital data – and information is available exactly where it’s needed. The Touchpoint TruBend user interface enables you to complete every type of application without paper-based drawings. The navigation system makes workflows smoother. Moreover, the interface is robust and suitable for use in industrial settings.

Parts as information carriers
Human-machine interaction

Keeping information flowing.

Prior to carrying out the actual bending operation, machine operators typically have to read in the accompanying documents before moving to the control panel and starting the program. It’s not unusual for queues to form at both the bending machine and the point of dispatch. Connected production makes everything run more smoothly, leading to simpler and more efficient bending processes.

Efficiently dispatched.

The smart factory uses a scanner to send confirmation that an order has been completed. That saves time and prevents errors. While a worker packs the parts ready for dispatch, TruTops Fab automatically prints the delivery note and shipping label.

Complete the order at the touch of a button.

Unlike traditional dispatch systems, the steps required to complete an order in a connected factory are performed automatically by the system. A staff member approves the invoice and sends it electronically. Administrative areas such as dispatch and billing are linked together, eliminating manual steps such as filing shipping documents.

Efficiently dispatched
Easy completion of orders

Less paper, more efficiency.

Dispatching completed orders in a conventional factory requires numerous steps and endless pieces of paper. But in a smart factory the system helps workers assign parts to the correct orders. Accompanying tasks such as order completion are automated. And at the end of the day operators have all the figures they need to calculate the efficiency of the day’s work.

Automating repeat orders.

Say goodbye to manual data entry! TruConnect automates repeat customer orders, turning your employees into process managers who have a clear overview of all the workflows involved. And the TruTops Fab App allows them to schedule repeat orders on the side at any time from wherever they are.

Automatic quotations
Automatic quotations

An easier way to prepare quotes.

Drawing up quotations the conventional way is a time-consuming business. The customer email their request, you calculate how much it will cost, the customer phones to check the details and, finally, you send out the quotation. Connected systems make this process quicker, giving you more time to spend on what really matters.

Production planning 4.0.

With TruConnect you make routing slips a thing of the past. Instead of entering everything manually, your staff members can automatically control repeat orders from the shop floor using TruTops Fab. The software already has the job schedules prepared, and the machine receives a suitable NC program straight from the preset sheet archive.

Smart programming.

When everything’s connected up, it’s far quicker and easier to handle repeat orders. If the part or sheet has already been programmed, you simply need to give the green light in the production schedule. That saves you having to manually search through old orders.

Efficient production planning
Smart programming

Prepare production orders at the touch of a button.

In a traditional setting, the production coordinator creates at least some of the production workflow manually and prints accompanying documents such as routing slips and set-up plans. Aspects such as capacity utilization and machine sequence planning also have to be organized manually. The connected factory significantly reduces this workload.

Paperless punching.

Forget working from scattered bits of paper – connect up your machines and they can simply run the production schedule straight from TruTops Fab. The SheetMaster automatically unloads the parts onto europallets while the process manager fetches new transport carts, and the LabelMaster marks the parts with unique identifiers during the production process. What’s more, each part has a code containing the information required for subsequent steps in the process.

Clever set-up.

The Integrated Tool Management system brings all the components involved in the set-up process together in a centralized database. So you can always get accurate information on where your tool is and what state it’s in. The system also provides a plausibility test function to help with tool assembly. You benefit from shorter search and set-up times and more reliable processes.

Paperless punching
Clever set-up

Connected production.

Machine operators in traditional manufacturing environments are constantly consulting job slips in order to manually start jobs, sort parts, and assign routing slips and set-up plans. The machines themselves often stand idle for some of this time. In contrast, connected production facilities enjoy optimized indirect processes and a clear overview of production workflows.

More connections, simpler intralogistics.

In the connected world repeat orders move quickly from one workstation to another. A process manager takes responsibility for all the steps from the moment the order is entered to the moment it is produced. He or she controls the flow of materials on wheels based on the milk run system, schedules new orders and handles intralogistics.

Reduce legwork

Rethinking intralogistics.

Machines often stand idle while the operator organizes the transportation of materials. In connected production, the operator becomes a process manager, controlling the flow of materials based on a clear overview of the entire process.

Smart parts and reliable production processes.

Due to Dot Matrix Code parts turn to information carriers. The function is designed to make your production process run more smoothly. Instead of reading in information from accompanying documents, the machine operator simply gets the order up on the screen and scans in the part code. This starts the bending program.

Maximum ease of use.

The connected world relegates the commissioning folders of accompanying documents to the past. The deluge of paper is replaced by digital data – and information is available exactly where it’s needed. The Touchpoint TruBend user interface enables you to control every bending operation quickly and easily, and the navigation system ensures smooth workflows.

Parts as information carriers
Human-machine interaction

Keeping information flowing.

Prior to carrying out the actual bending operation, machine operators typically have to read in the accompanying documents before moving to the control panel and starting the program. It’s not unusual for queues to form at both the bending machine and the point of dispatch. Connected production makes everything run more smoothly, leading to simpler and more efficient bending processes.

Less effort, more output.

In the smart factory, an employee in the dispatch area scans in the code, sending confirmation of order completion back to the system. This saves time and reduces the risk of data entry errors. While the parts are being packed ready for shipping, the software prints out the delivery note and shipping label.

Feedback from the Performance Cockpit.

In the smart factory, order completion is confirmed automatically in the system – and the web-based Performance Cockpit provides you with a clear overview of progress so far. You can see at a glance whether your estimated runtime for punch machining operations has been achieved, for example. And if it took longer than expected, the system can analyze the causes.

Efficiently dispatched
Easy completion of orders

Less paper, more efficiency.

Dispatching completed orders in a conventional factory requires numerous steps and endless pieces of paper. But in a smart factory the system helps workers assign parts to the correct orders. Accompanying tasks such as order completion are automated. And at the end of the day operators have all the figures they need to calculate the efficiency of the day’s work.

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No two production environments are identical. And it’s the same for networking: it all depends on your goals and requirements. Based on two of many possible scenarios, discover the potential networked production holds for you.

TruConnect. Your Smart Factory.

TruConnect – your route to connected manufacturing

Smaller batch sizes and greater variety: it is getting increasingly harder to maintain an overview and keep a handle on costs, particularly when the outlay for indirect processes is going through the roof. This is precisely where networking provides an opportunity. TruConnect accompanies you on the road to connected manufacturing, helping you to optimize your overall process strategy.