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Jun 10, 2021 9:00 AM

thyssenkrupp Materials IoT: Shop floor management via tablet and smartphone

  • Integrated shop floor and intralogistics management

  • Digital medium replaces paper, creates uniform data basis and avoids media breaks

  • Innovation boost for a more efficient and sustainable value chain

The digital spin-off thyssenkrupp Materials IoT presents the "Paperless" app, based on the IIoT platform toii®, for use in industrial shop floor and warehouse management. With the help of the app, employees can view and manage orders at any time from their tablet or smartphone, identify the relevant material, process it in production, and commission the products. Media breaks are avoided; use of paper is significantly reduced. The data is available digitally and can be processed, for example via ERP systems. These efficiency gains through optimized production and intralogistics control directly benefit customers, whose orders are processed faster and more effectively without paper. 

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"The app clearly goes beyond the topic of paperless, i.e. the mere absence of paper. Together with toii®, it is the basis for the digitalization of logistics and production sites. Where slow, paper-based processes previously stood in the way of transparency and optimization, we now enable seamless interaction between warehouse, intralogistics and production to guarantee highly efficient, transparent and in-time provision of products at goods issue," says Sebastian Lang, Managing Director of thyssenkrupp Materials IoT. "Alongside – but no less important – we are upgrading the quality of daily work at the sites, making it safer, reducing the consumption of natural resources and contributing to greater sustainability." 

The "Paperless" app comes from thyssenkrupp Materials IoT GmbH, where the digital IIoT platform toii® was also developed. With toii®, machines and tools of different generations and manufacturers can be digitalized and connected with production IT such as ERP or CAQ systems. Thus, toii® provides the digital basis for advanced self-learning systems and smart data applications. Meanwhile, toii® is active at more than 33 locations, has connected more than 500 machines and has 3000 users. 

Practical example: thyssenkrupp Schulte

"Paperless" is already in use at thyssenkrupp Schulte's logistics center in Rotenburg/Wümme. Order placement, processing, intralogistics and order commissioning are all paperless and digital. As the site is already fully digitalized with the help of the IIoT platform toii®, equipment and material flow are controlled efficiently and in line with demand across the entire value chain. The data obtained from this helps to optimize production planning on site.

"In Rotenburg we are showing what is possible today in the modern materials business thanks to automation, digitalization and artificial intelligence," explains Martin Stillger, Chairman of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp Materials Services. "We connect production machines of all generations, automate ordering processes, analyze flows of goods and make forecasts for our customers' materials requirements."

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thyssenkrupp Materials IoT 

thyssenkrupp Materials IoT GmbH was founded in 2019 as a spin-off of thyssenkrupp Materials Services. The team leverages its deep understanding of production processes and production IT as well as decades of experience in software development and implementation in operations to deliver production-robust Industry 4.0 applications to customers with toii®. "In doing so, we offer the tools from our toolbox that have already proven themselves in thyssenkrupp's diverse sites," says Sebastian Lang.

toii® is a double play on words: On the one hand, it stands for the inversion of IIoT, the abbreviation for "Industrial Internet of Things". On the other hand, it is reminiscent – through the sound of the word – of the word "toy" and thus conveys that the connection of a highly heterogeneous machine park to existing IT structures is now made child's play via the new platform.

On the way to Industry 4.0, thyssenkrupp Materials IoT supports its customers throughout the entire process: from consulting and implementation of IIoT technologies to support throughout the lifecycle of the solutions and operation of the platform. Customers also come from non-metal sectors, e.g. plastics processing, and from small and medium-sized enterprises.