GF Machining Solutions accelerates its digital transformation with rConnect software solution helping manufacturers maximize machine uptime

Sep 19, 2018 10:13 AM

As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) opens up a new era of smart manufacturing, GF Machining Solutions is accelerating its digital transformation and widening its digital offering, as demonstrated by its rConnect software. The software platform, which helps manufacturers ensure maximum machine uptime, will be in the spotlight at GF Machining Solutions’ 500-square-meter booth (hall 7, stand 7C31) at AMB 2018, September 18–22 at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre.

Commonly described as Industry 4.0, a revolution is in progress that will change shop floors all over the world: Smart machines will be connected with one another and soon make smart factories a reality.

However, the path to the factory of the future won’t happen in one single jump. Instead, it will take a lot of steps. An important aspect is connectivity: enabling machines to communicate with one another to deliver data wirelessly and to be accessed from remote service centers. With its rConnect digital service platform, GF Machining Solutions already provides an Industry 4.0-ready solution.

Digital services for higher productivity

Available for all GF Machining Solutions technologies, rConnect comprises various services which empower manufacturers to increase their productivity. First, there is the Customer Cockpit, the user interface and the door to GF Machining Solutions’ digital service world. It connects customers with their production facilities via personal computer (PC) or mobile device from anywhere at any time. rConnect’s Live Remote Assistance (LRA) module provides direct access to GF Machining Solutions experts; it facilitates face-to-face assistance by using audio, video, chat and many more functionalities.

In addition, the rConnect Messenger app delivers machine data to users’ mobile devices. With Messenger, manufacturers gain insight into the efficiency of their workshops by continuously monitoring their GF Machining Solutions machines. Messenger delivers notifications such as machine status, messages and jobs to users’ mobile devices to keep users constantly informed about their production. Users can supervise their workshops from anywhere and monitor the progress of their machines from their mobile devices. Combined with LRA, Messenger is an indispensable app for daily business activities, keeping users continuously connected with their workshops.

Certification by the independent organization TÜVIT guarantees an optimal level of security for the server on which GF Machining Solutions data is hosted and stored. An encrypted, point-to-point connection guarantees the security of users’ sensitive data.

Peace of mind through Messenger

The benefits for the customer are evident. Thanks to rConnect Messenger, customers’ machines can run unmanned in the evenings and on weekends with greater peace of mind, because machine status can be checked remotely.

Look into the future

The world of digitalization is evolving rapidly and so are GF Machining Solutions’ digital products. Therefore, rConnect will soon be extended by a new Dashboard module that will allow workshop managers to analyze machine performance.

With its rConnect platform, GF Machining Solutions ensures that customers achieve a clear return on their machine investment and greater machine uptime, productivity and reliability.

Demonstration supports VDW sector initiative

Additionally, as a member of the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association’s (VDW) Connectivity for Industry 4.0 sectoral initiative, GF Machining Solutions will partner with Beckhoff to demonstrate the OPC Foundation’s OPC Unified Architecture (UA) on an AgieCharmilles wire-cutting electrical discharge (EDM) machine at AMB 2018. The OPC UA is a machine-to-machine communication protocol for industrial automation.

rconnet-ambGF Machining Solutions’ rConnect platform of digital services empowers manufacturers to increase their productivity. rConnect’s Customer Cockpit user interface connects users to their production facilities via PC or mobile device from anywhere at any time. Its LRA module provides direct, face-to-face access to GF Machining Solutions experts by audio, video, chat and other functionalities, and the rConnect Messenger module delivers valuable machine data to users’ mobile devices.


Profile of GF Machining Solutions
GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machines, diverse technical solutions and services not only to the tool and mold making industry but also to manufacturers of precision components. The portfolio ranges from electrical discharge machines, high-speed and high-performance Milling machines—including clamping and palletization systems, 3D Laser surface texturing machines and Spindles—to solutions for Tooling and Automation, services, spare parts, expendable parts, consumables and Digitalization solutions. GF Machining Solutions is a globally acting Division of the Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland) and maintains a presence on 50 sites worldwide within its own organization. Its 3’255 employees generated sales of CHF 992 million in 2017. More information can be found at www.gfms.com

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Gabriele Urhahn
Leiterin Marketing und Kommunikation
GF Machining Solutions GmbH
Steinbeisstr. 22 - 24
73614 Schorndorf
Germany

gabriele dot urhahn #at# georgfischer dot com