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Extrusion International 5/2016



Setting The New Standards


ealizing intelligent production thanks to industry 4.0. At K

2016 in Düsseldorf, Reifenhäuser, the world's largest ma-

nufacturer of extrusion equipment, will demonstrate what the

company means by "Setting The New Standards". For eight

days (19 - 26 October 2016), customers have an opportunity

to visit Reifenhäuser (hall 17, stand C 22) and experience how

they can further increase productivity and efficiency with In-

dustry 4.0.

Intelligent and more economical production:

Empowered by Industry 4.0

Even if the term Industry 4.0 has been around for a while, many

companies still consider it to be a dream of the future. There are

vastly different interpretations of how Industry 4.0 can be im-

plemented on a practical level today and how companies can

profit from it here and now. No one could any longer afford to

ignore Industry 4.0, explained CEO Bernd Reifenhäuser during

the K 2016 preview in Düsseldorf: "Intelligent networking and

digitalization of the processes and of production, especially in

the plastics industry, poses a great challenge to our customers -

as it does to us. At the same time, however, it offers unbelieva-

ble opportunities."

Ultimately it is about continuing what has been a central topic

for Reifenhäuser as a company for more than 35 years: Auto-

mation. Industry 4.0 facilitates significant increases in producti-

vity and efficiency, and thus in economic viability. "As the largest

manufacturer of extrusion systems, we are well aware of our re-

sponsibility and have therefore prepped our team to make the

digital future of extrusion a reality for our customers", said

Bernd Reifenhäuser. "We think within the business model of our

customers and optimize their operational performance."

As an approach to implementing an innovative Industry 4.0 pro-

duction environment, Reifenhäuser Group has established its

Reifenhäuser Digital Business Platform. To this end, Reifenhäu-

ser not only consolidated the entire company group's know-

how, but has for some time been employing experts in the field

of digitalization and is building up new competencies in fields

like data analytics. Because big data not only means large

amounts of data, but most of all one thing: The opportunity to

draw the right conclusions from this data. In this way, the pro-

cesses within production can be distinctly optimized in many pla-


Data turns into valuable information

Reifenhäuser will continue to place people in the center: With its

new operation center, Reifenhäuser offers a sustainable inter-

face between the employee and the production line. The intui-

tive and context-sensitive design makes operation of the lines

easier. The result: Quicker operation and fewer mistakes. The

markedly increased user-friendliness leads to an increase in pro-


In addition, the Reifenhäuser Performance Cockpit converts

countless numbers and data into valuable information on the

processes within the line. This enables optimal analysis of a line's

performance. From the relevant key performance indicators for

shift supervisors up to the clear presentation of the line perfor-

mance for the management. You don't even have to be on site

for real-time analysis as the evaluations can be accessed in the

office, at home or while away on a business trip.

Combined with modern algorithms, the line's sensor technology

delivers even more: The diagnostic center can, for example, in-

form on parts that are due for replacement soon. This makes

production downtimes due to late replacement of wear parts a

thing of the past. System faults can also be identified as quickly

as possible in this way.

The examples illustrate how Industry 4.0 enables intelligent pro-

duction. Even if it is still a long way to go before lines automa-

tically download the relevant data for retooling and production

optimization for a product change from the cloud. Up to a point

where only the desired product and the required raw material

needs to be entered. All of the rest - including all production pa-

rameters and settings - is done by the line itself.

With the Reifenhäuser new applications, customers will already

benefit now from the advantages of Industry 4.0. That means

maximum machine performance, less scrap and optimized qua-

lity. "Industry 4.0 empowers our customers to make their busi-

ness even more profitable. For this reason, we are continually

reinventing ourselves," explained Bernd Reifenhäuser at the K

2016 preview in Düsseldorf.

With its Reifenhäuser Digital Business Platform, Reifenhäuser

claims all the relevant topics for implementing intelligent pro-

duction and enables customers to realize the potential of Indu-

stry 4.0. A range of products and the Reifenhäuser vision of

intelligent production is going on display at K 2016. Setting The

New Standard in this digital age.

Hall 17, Booth C22