The digitalisation project focuses upon two topics. On the one hand, the project partners have developed concepts for data consistency from project planning through to production, which are now being implemented step by step. Uwe Friedrichs: “As part of this project, we have laid the initial foundations for taking a structured approach to digitalisation. We have learned that in future we must involve our customers and suppliers to a greater extent in order to digitalise the processes.”
Wiring the panel was identified as a suitable test field for digitalisation. This accounts for around 50 percent of the effort that is involved in the process. Westermann’s employees have tested the use of tablets in production.
The aim is to no longer print out circuit diagrams but instead prepare them as digital assembly instructions at the workstation. If the data is consistently provided in good quality in future, even more steps can be supported such as the digital traceability of orders. Uwe Friedrichs: “We want to involve all employees. It is important for us to undertake the changes together and to take internal feedback into consideration.”