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AXOOM x Wecubex

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The German company group Wecubex, with 700 employees and several well-equipped factories, has the best prerequisites for sophisticated metal system solutions. Nevertheless, not everything in the past went according to plan: Low transparency regarding machine conditions, workloads and disruptions in the shop floor made life difficult for Rainer Bodendörfer, for example. He manages the Wecubex production site in Middle Franconia with 140 employees, where it also became increasingly clear that small batch sizes require extremely high flexibility.
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AXOOM has taken up this challenge and set to work to network the heterogeneous machinery at Wecubex. Together with other partners, the project team has achieved impressive results in the last two years.  

"AXOOM's data analysis and the resulting transparency has laid the foundation for many accomplishments. For example, reducing throughput times by 43% so far", explains Fabio Denis Pereira, Project Manager for Wecubex at AXOOM.
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AXOOM took advantage of an existing automation system for the "Rattunde2" tube cutting system. The control unit has been updated and communicates with the AXOOM Gate via the OPC-UA protocol. In addition to the status of the machine, error messages with suggestions for improvement are displayed in the AXOOM Dashboard.

The command center: the AXOOM Dashboard. This is where all the data from the networked machines is processed. The information can be easily called up and clearly depicted in different views.

TruMatic 3050 and TruLaser 3030: AXOOM has connected these two laser cutting machines via the TRUMPF protocol "RCI" (Remote Control Interface).

The tube production line "ERO3" is a self-made construction by Wecubex. In addition to the productivity of the machine, error messages and quality values are recorded and output on the central dashboard.

AXOOM has also networked several TRUMPF bending machines, for example the TrumaBend V130, which ran as a "retrofit project". The signals that indicate the productive operation of the machine were picked up via terminals in the control cabinet.

Punch and feed, which grips the pipes and feeds them into the line: Error messages are also recorded here and transported via OPC-UA to the AXOOM Cloud. As soon as the punch is active, the system is considered productive.

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"Our goal was to increase plant availability and to make processes in the production transparent. We work in three shifts and have a lot of minor disruptions that we did not have an overview of before. Now, with the help of the timeline in the AXOOM Performance Dashboard, we can follow very closely and discuss about what happened. That means we are now getting to the causes of the problems and can avoid them in a sustainable way.  

In addition, the newfound transparency generally helps us improve our shopfloor management, so that our machines are now better utilized and we get jobs finished faster. And with shorter delivery times. All this helps Wecubex to remain competitive in the future."  

Stephan Reuther, Operations Manager at Wecubex
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Reaching the goal step by step

Rainer Bodendörfer and his team have achieved considerable success and always have the big goal in their sights: the smart factory. But how did the process actually get underway?

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"The cooperation with Wecubex was very intense, open and focused. We learned together and found useful solutions for the employees on the shop floor. After some initial scepticism, they are now convinced of the new tools and work with the AXOOM Dashboards on a daily basis. After going through thick and thin together for many months, it's great to see that the effort is paying off. That's a benefit for everyone involved. Wecubex has become a dedicated reference customer, which has even helped us to form new collaborations."  
 
Fabio Denis Pereira, AXOOM Project Manager for Wecubex
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The transparency created by data and dashboards formed the basis for all further measures and improvements.

"In addition to the clear economic success, working with AXOOM was a great experience. The experts were very flexible in connecting different machines, even the ones we built ourselves. And the project management was highly professional, so we felt we were in good hands.That's why we now want to connect two more machines from different manufacturers, including a welding robot", explains Stephan Reuther, Operations Manager at Wecubex.

"The management of the Wecubex Group sees the project in the plant in Burgbernheim in Middle Franconia as a pilot for the other plants in Baden-Württemberg, Austria and the Czech Republic. Mr Bodendörfer has done a fantastic job with his team, from which the whole group will profit in a second step", adds Christoph Reuter, CEO of the Wecubex Group.


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