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Project books for technical systems

The task when writing project books for technical systems is to create comprehensive documentation of the project. This documentation should contain all relevant information required for the planning, implementation, commissioning and maintenance of the system.

Some of the content that should be included in a project book for engineering systems includes:

  • Project Goals and Requirements
  • technical specifications and drawings
  • Task and responsibility descriptions
  • Budget and time planning
  • Documentation of testing and commissioning activities
  • Maintenance and repair plans

Writing project books is important to ensure that the project is successfully implemented and to document all relevant information for future use and maintenance of the facility. It is also helpful for identifying and solving possible risks and problems early on.

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The design of production facilities

The design of a technical production plant is a complex process that requires careful planning and precise execution. It is important that all steps are carried out carefully to ensure that the installation meets the customer's requirements and works properly.

We take over for you:

  • Recording the current situation in your production
  • Goal definition together with you for the design of a production plant
  • Creation of a technical project book with which your purchasing department can request tailor-made offers
  • On request, we will obtain the offers for you and evaluate them
  • Supervision of the implementation phase
  • Ensuring that the agreed technical requirements are met (commissioning management)

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new technologies

New technologies can help increase the return on investment by improving efficiency and performance. For example, new machines or plants can be equipped with modern technologies that reduce energy consumption or increase production capacity. In this way, manufacturing costs can be reduced and revenue can be increased, which improves profitability.

In addition, new technologies can also help improve the quality of the parts produced, which in turn can increase customer satisfaction and lead to more business opportunities.

Overall, the use of new technologies can help improve a company's competitiveness and profitability. However, it is important to carefully examine whether the use of new technologies actually makes sense and what the associated costs and benefits are.

retrofit

Retrofit is a measure in which existing machines or plants are upgraded with new technologies or components in order to improve their performance or expand their range of use. In the field of sheet metal forming, for example, a retrofit can serve to increase production capacity, improve the quality of the parts produced, or reduce energy consumption. A retrofit can also be used to adapt existing machines to new requirements, for example when the product specifications change or when new materials are to be processed. 

One advantage of investing in used machines or systems and retrofitting them is that this is usually significantly cheaper than buying new machines. Used machines are often available at a fraction of the price of new machines, which means that the acquisition costs can be significantly reduced.

 

Another advantage is that used machines are usually already embedded in a productive environment and thus enable faster commissioning.

In addition, a used machine can be adapted to the current requirements of the company through the retrofit. For example, production capacity can be increased or the quality of the parts produced can be improved.

Overall, buying used machines and retrofitting them can be a cost-effective way to expand or improve production capacity.

profitability

The profitability of a production plant is an important criterion when designing a technical plant, as it is decisive for whether the project is profitable for the company.

In order to assess the profitability of a system, various factors are taken into account. These include, for example:

  • the acquisition costs of the plant
  • the operating costs, such as energy consumption, maintenance costs, etc.
  • the income generated by the use of the facility
  • any tax advantages or subsidies resulting from the investment

The profitability of a system is usually calculated using financial key figures such as profitability or the payback period. These key figures provide information about how quickly the acquisition costs of the system can be amortized by the income and how profitable the project is for the company.

It is important to regularly review the economics of assets to ensure they are delivering the expected benefits. Should the framework conditions change, it may make sense to recalculate the profitability in order to make adjustments if necessary.

new installations

When a sheet metal fabrication plant is redesigned, it means that it is planned and designed from scratch. The company's requirements for the facility are analyzed and taken into account to ensure that it meets the needs of the operation.

For example, a newly designed facility may be designed to process specific materials, produce parts to specific specifications, or integrate into an existing manufacturing environment.

A new plant can also be equipped with the latest technologies and components to improve performance and efficiency.

All in all, the redesign of a system means that it is tailored to the individual requirements of the company and that it is planned using state-of-the-art technology. This can help improve the company's productivity and competitiveness.

technology scouting

Technology scouting is a process in which we actively search for new technologies and innovations for companies in order to be able to use them for their purposes. Various sources are combed through, such as trade journals, patents, trade fairs or networks, in order to discover new technologies and ideas. We use our constantly updated database of innovative developments and technologies, especially in the field of sheet metal forming. With an up-to-date database, information can be found quickly and easily, saving time and increasing efficiency. By using an up-to-date database, manual research work can be minimized, which can contribute to cost savings.

The aim of technology scouting is to strengthen the company's competitiveness and innovative power by giving it access to new technologies and ideas. Technology scouting can help a company to react more quickly to changes and new requirements and to take a leading position in its industry.

Technology scouting can be carried out for companies in different industries and sizes and is particularly important for companies that operate in fast-moving markets and have a high rate of innovation. The use of new technologies can have a number of advantages for companies that use energy-intensive technology. New technologies can contribute to reducing energy consumption, for example by lowering the energy consumption of machines and systems or enabling the use of renewable energy sources. By saving energy costs, the overall manufacturing costs can also be reduced, which improves the company's competitiveness. New technologies can also help to improve the performance of machines and plants, for example by increasing the quality of the parts produced or by expanding production capacity.

 

sensors

In general, new types of sensors enable the collection of data that was previously inaccessible or difficult to access. This can help improve understanding of machine processes and performance, thereby increasing machine quality, efficiency and safety.

Examples of new sensor types that can be important for capturing unknown values of a machine are:

  • Sensors for measuring temperature, pressure, radiation, vibration, humidity and other environmental conditions
  • Sensors for monitoring movements, position changes and speeds
  • Sensors for the analysis of materials, liquids and gases
  • Sensors that operate on different wavelengths or in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to gain information about the environment or the inner workings of machines.

Overall, new types of sensors can help to simplify, improve and expand the detection of unknown values of a machine, which in turn can contribute to a deeper understanding of machine processes and performance.

There are several factors to consider when selecting sensors for an existing facility:
  1. Measurand: It is important to select the sensor that is capable of capturing the desired measurand. There are different types of sensors that specialize in different measured variables, such as temperature, pressure, flow rate, etc.
  2. Accuracy: The accuracy of the sensor is important to ensure that the measured values are as accurate as possible. It is therefore important to select a sensor that has high accuracy.
  3. Operating Temperature Range: It is important to select a sensor that is suitable for the intended application, especially as far as the operating temperature range is concerned.
  4. Material: It is important to select a sensor made from materials appropriate for the intended use. This can concern, for example, suitability for chemicals or resistance to high temperatures.
  5. Cost: The cost of the sensor should be factored into the decision, especially when dealing with a large number of sensors. It is important to choose value for money.

construction and prototyping

Building a prototype can be of great importance in the development of a company as it can help to improve and optimize the company's product or service. A prototype is an early, experimental design of a product or service used to verify and improve functionality, performance, and reliability.

Prototyping has an important role in sheet metal forming because it speeds up and improves the development process of new products. By creating a prototype, design errors can be identified and corrected before large numbers of parts are produced. Besides, prototyping can also help verify the functionality and performance of the design. It also makes it possible to make the necessary changes to the design before making a large investment in production.

Building a prototype can help the company:

  • Better understand and improve the functionality and performance of the product or service.
  • Recognizing and solving possible problems or weaknesses at an early stage.
  • Understands customer needs better and can respond to them.
  • The product or service can adapt to market demand.
  • Speed up the development process and save costs.

Overall, developing and building a prototype can help the company offer a better and more optimized product or service, which in turn can increase the company's competitive assets and contribute to greater business success.

software solution

The development of new software features for a specific application can help ensure that the software is better tailored to the needs and requirements of the user, thereby increasing its usefulness. By implementing new features, the software can be expanded to include new functions that are advantageous for the specific application.

When developing new software features, it is important that they are carefully planned and developed to ensure that they integrate seamlessly with existing software and offer a high level of usability. It's a good idea to seek the opinions and feedback of users and experts to ensure that the new features actually meet users' needs and requirements.

Developing new software features can also require time and expense, so it is important that the development team carefully assess and prioritize the resources and effort. It can make sense to split the development of new features into multiple iterations and unlock the features gradually to ensure they are proven before investing more resources into their development.

Choosing the right software service provider

The selection of a software service provider and a software solution for the requirements in a company is of great importance, since the chosen software can have an important impact on the efficiency, quality and productivity of the company. A suitable software solution can help the company:

  • Introduce and optimize automated processes, which can contribute to greater efficiency and productivity.
  • Minimize sources of error and increase the quality of the goods produced.
  • Carry out new analyzes and simulations and thus improve decision-making.
  • Improve communication and collaboration within the organization.
  • Can react more flexibly to changes in the market.

Choosing the right software service provider is also of great importance, since the service provider will support and oversee the operation in the introduction and use of the software. It is important that the service provider has the necessary skills and resources to support the operation in implementing and using the software.

Overall, selecting a suitable software service provider and a suitable software solution can help make operations more competitive and successful. However, it is important that the selection is made carefully, taking into account the needs and requirements of the farm.

The use of new software in a manufacturing operation can be of great importance as it can help improve the efficiency, quality and productivity of the operation. New software can help operations:

  • Introduce and optimize automated processes, which can contribute to greater efficiency and productivity.
  • Minimize sources of error and increase the quality of the goods produced.
  • Carry out new analyzes and simulations and thus improve decision-making.
  • Improve communication and collaboration within the organization.
  • Can react more flexibly to changes in the market.

Overall, the use of new software in a manufacturing company can help make the company more competitive and successful. However, it is important to note that the deployment of new software can also present challenges, such as the need to train staff appropriately or the integration of the software into existing systems. Thorough planning and implementation of the use of new software is therefore important in order to achieve the desired benefits.

Machine learning approaches

The use of machine learning approaches can represent an innovative leap for a company, as they offer the possibility to automate and optimize processes and decisions based on data and patterns. Machine learning makes it possible to identify patterns and relationships in large amounts of data that may not be visible or apparent to human analysts.

Examples of the use of machine learning approaches that can represent an innovative leap are:

  • The prediction of customer behavior or needs based on customer data and behavior patterns.
  • The optimization of business processes, e.g. by automating decisions or predicting machine failures.
  • The development of new products or services based on data and patterns, e.g. by analyzing user behavior or needs.
  • Improving customer interaction, e.g. by developing chatbots or personalized recommendations.

The use of machine learning approaches can therefore help a company to stand out from the competition and become more competitive. However, it is important to note that the use of machine learning approaches can also pose challenges, e.g. in relation to data security or integration into existing systems. Thorough planning and implementation of the use of machine learning approaches is therefore important in order to achieve the desired benefits.

Individual machine learning
  1. The selection of machine learning approaches for an individual operation depends on the specific requirements and goals of the operation. To determine the best machine learning approach for individual operations, the following factors should first be considered:

    • The available data: Sufficient and suitable data is required for the use of machine learning. It is important to verify whether the operation has sufficient data to use for the machine learning model, or whether additional data needs to be sourced.
    • The goals of the company: The machine learning approach should be tailored to the specific goals of the company. For example, the company might be interested in automating processes, improving the quality of the goods produced, or optimizing customer interaction.
    • The resources of the company: The use of machine learning can require time and costs. It is important to consider whether the operation has the necessary resources to develop and operate a machine learning model.
    • The company's experience with machine learning: If the company already has experience with machine learning, this can be taken into account when selecting the approach. If the company has no experience with machine learning, it can make sense to start with simpler approaches and then gradually approach more complex approaches.

    After considering these factors, the operation can compare different machine learning approaches and decide which approach is best suited to its needs and goals. It's also a good idea to seek expert advice to ensure the approach you choose meets the needs of the operation.

Market and competition analysis

A market analysis is of great benefit before investing as it gives the potential investor a better understanding of the market environment and helps them to make better decisions. First, a thorough analysis of the market provides clarity about the industry development and expected trends. In addition, analyzing the competition can help to understand the strengths and weaknesses of other companies in the market and identify better business opportunities. A market analysis can also identify gaps in the market that can be filled by a new company. Analyzing the demand for a specific product or service can help potential investors evaluate the profitability of their investment. Finally, a market analysis can also identify potential risks that may affect an investment, such as political instability, economic fluctuations or regulatory changes. It is important to note that market analysis cannot predict the future, but it can still help make better decisions by giving the investor a better understanding of the market environment and competition

This process can vary depending on the project and the client's requirements, but it is important that we keep the needs of your business in focus, conduct a thorough analysis and ensure through transparent and open communication that the solutions meet your requirements.

A market and competition analysis is an ongoing process, as the market environment and competition are constantly changing. Therefore, such an analysis should be repeated regularly in order to always adjust the business activities and adapt to the changing conditions.

Success through sustainability and transparency

A market and competition analysis is an important part of any business strategy and examines the market environment and the competition of a company. Both external and internal factors are taken into account.

  1. Market segmentation: First, the target group is defined and the market segments are identified. Characteristics such as age, gender, income and place of residence are taken into account.
  2. Collect industry data: Next, information about the industry and its trends is collected. This includes, among other things, industry figures, forecasts and data on growth and the economy.
  3. Competitor Analysis: This involves examining competitors to identify their strengths and weaknesses. These include the market position, the offer, the prices and customer loyalty.
  4. Customer analysis: The needs and wishes of the customers are researched in order to optimally tailor the company's own offer to them. Among other things, customer surveys or online analyzes are used here.
  5. SWOT analysis: The collected data is then summarized in a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats). This helps to evaluate your own company in comparison to the competition.
  6. Recommendations for action: Finally, recommendations for action are created on the basis of the analysis. This involves, among other things, improving your own offering, opening up new market segments or developing a new business idea.

SWOT analysis

A SWOT analysis is a method used to systematically capture the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of a company or project. The SWOT analysis is an important part of strategy and decision-making processes and helps to gain a better understanding of the internal and external factors that can affect the company.

The SWOT analysis consists of four steps:

  • Collection of information: Here you collect all relevant information about the company or project. This includes data on finances, market position, customers, competition, technology, personnel and other factors.
  • Identification of Strengths and Weaknesses: Review the information gathered to identify strengths and weaknesses of the organization. Strengths are characteristics that differentiate the company from its competitors and allow it to be more successful. Weaknesses are characteristics that put the company at a disadvantage or limit its success.
  • Identification of Opportunities and Threats: Also examine the external factors that may affect the business, such as: B. Political, economic, social and technological trends. Opportunities are positive developments that the company can use to improve its performance. Threats are negative developments that can affect the company.
  • Executive Summary and Action Plan: The SWOT analysis concludes with a summary of lessons learned and an action plan detailing how the organization can leverage its strengths, minimize its weaknesses, capitalize on its opportunities, and manage its threats.

A SWOT analysis can be performed in a number of ways, including a tabular representation or a mind map. It is important that the analysis is updated regularly to ensure that it is always up-to-date and that business performance is continuously adjusted.

Desk Research

Desk research is an important part of investigating technologies or investing in new technologies. This method is based on the collection and analysis of data obtained from existing documents, papers and information. Above all, a thorough analysis of primary and secondary sources is carried out.

The key to desk research when examining any technology or investment is diligence in data collection and analysis. Here are some of the most important aspects to consider:

  1. Reliable sources of information: It is important that the sources of information are reliable and credible in order to ensure an accurate and objective analysis. This includes government data, industry studies, trade journals and expert opinion.
  2. Market and industry trends: It is important to understand what trends are currently prevailing in the market and what developments are taking place in the industry. For this purpose, data on market growth, competition, customer demand and technology developments can be used.
  3. Technology and product assessment: It is important to understand the technical details of the technology or product, including functionality, performance, cost and potential for the future.
  4. Financial Considerations: It is important to understand the financial implications of an investment in the technology or product, including the costs of development, production and commercialization, and the expected revenue.
  5. Legal Considerations: It is important to understand the legal implications of investing in the technology or product, including patent rights, intellectual property rights, and regulatory requirements.
  6. Risk Assessment: It is important to understand and assess the risks of investing in the technology or product, including technical risk, market risk, and financial risk.

In desk research, it is important to conduct a thorough and objective analysis. 

 patent research

An FTO analysis (Freedom to Operate Analysis) is a legal review that ensures that a proposed product or technology does not infringe existing patents or other proprietary rights. The analysis includes a systematic review of patent search results, national and international patent databases and other relevant sources. The aim is to identify potential risks before a product is launched to avoid litigation and high legal costs.

An FTO analysis is typically broken down into the following steps:

  1. Preparation: Clarification of the goals and definition of the scope of the analysis, as well as identification of relevant patents and other intellectual property rights.
  2. Research: Carrying out a comprehensive search for relevant patents and other intellectual property rights, including national and international databases, as well as other relevant sources.
  3. Analysis: Checking the patents and intellectual property rights found for their relevance for the planned product or technology, evaluating the strength and importance of the patents, and identifying possible gaps or weaknesses in the intellectual property rights.
  4. Reporting: Summarizing the findings in a written report, including an overview of the identified risks and recommendations for managing those risks.
  5. Monitoring: Monitoring of developments in the area of patents and intellectual property rights to ensure that the company can react to changes and new developments.

It is important to note that the structure of an FTO analysis varies from company to company and that the specific execution depends on a variety of factors, including the type of product or technology, the jurisdictions in which it is marketed and the required accuracy of the analysis.

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