As well as carrying out quality control checks on the weld seams, the Analytics software also records the process parameters of each part that is produced, thereby producing complete documentation. This is a significant benefit not only from the legal aspect but also in terms of traceability and reproducibility. The system also delivers a timely warning if a replacement of the welding pin would be advisable. Armed with this information, the machine operator can plan the maintenance schedule in such a way that any downtime is avoided. “Alongside the minimising of waste that can result from a tool breakage, an important factor, particularly in machinery and plant engineering, is the availability of the machines,” emphasises Kress.
High-tech specialists Grenzebach can see several more advantages in respect of its business model going forward: “Firstly, we can offer our customers very accurate and quantifiable quality control as well as giving them a forecast about possible equipment downtime, enabling them to save on resources and costs. At the same time, we are in a position to implement datadriven services and effectively to use the product quality or the availability of the equipment as selling arguments,” explains Michael Sieren, FSW Sales Manager at Grenzebach.