RADAN’s German reseller, 3D Concepts, has worked with a number of their customers to analyse the digital change philosophy of Industry 4.0, and developed individual concepts.
Thomas Menholz, from 3D Concepts, says digital building blocks such as CAD/CAM, MES, MRP and ERP can all come together in SQL-based systems to form data-driven Smart factories. “Every company needs to find its own unique path on the basis of a dedicated digitalisation strategy.
“An important aspect of the digital trend is the introduction of a web shop for the procurement of sheet metal parts, where customers can request components online, be provided with an offer, and place the order. Web shops operate autonomously, and are accessible 24 hours a day.”
“At the moment, additional queries prevent seamless process handling, which is why this paradigm shift is very welcome for many suppliers and contract manufacturers in the sheet metal industry.”
Three German sheet-metal companies have implemented a RADAN web shop.
The digital strategy began early last year, focused around digitising internal processes and creating a web shop, Trionline 24, for the procurement of sheet metal parts. “At the same time, we linked these new processes to their existing ERP system, and controlled their new laser machine tools with RADAN.” Trio’s workshop runs an Amada EML-3610 NT combination machine, two Aada Ensis AJ 3015 laser cutters equipped with storage towers, and a number of Amada press brakes.
The web shop delivers the orders digitally to the ERP system, which transfers them to RADAN’s Ordermanager MRP module for production processing. Completed orders are passed back from the MRP software to ERP, triggering the subsequent processes for shipping and invoicing.
Trio’s Key Account Manager Christian Weinberg says the web shop automates their quotation preparation, which was time consuming when carried out manually. “We’ve also noticed that larger inquiries, such as for complete welding assemblies, are now sent directly to us via the web shop, which led to us investing in RADAN’s offline quotation module, Radquote, for calculating complete assemblies. This almost halved the time taken in preparing quotes.”
Last year the company invested in RADAN’s web shop technology, and now processes orders for production using Ordermanager.
RADAN drives their Trumpf TruLaser 5060 laser cutter and EHT VarioPress 400-40 Tandem press brake, so the software was the ideal choice for their next digital step. “As there are only a handful of functioning web shops in Germany I regard our company as being one of the pioneers in the digital procurement of sheet metal parts.”