Brueckner’s 70 years of success through innovation
For 70 years, Brueckner has been the worldwide partner for all companies which are drying, coating and finishing web-shaped materials: whether clothing fabrics, nonwovens, carpet, glass or coatings - the variety of materials to be processed has never been limited.
Today, it is no longer just a question of machines, but rather of automation and control systems. The topic of digitisation and Industry 4.0 opens up completely new possibilities for increasing productivity, reducing the use of resources and improving quality. In addition, an increasing shortage of skilled workers can be addressed by more intelligent software.
Brueckner has invested, developed and implemented a lot in this area in recent years:
Intelligent assistance systems monitor the machine settings in the background and provide the machine operator with information on how to run the system even more productively and consuming less resources. Studies have shown that optimising production parameters can increase production speed by up to 40 per cent and/or reduce energy consumption by up to 30 per cent.
A newly developed simulation tool helps to optimise existing recipes. The many machine parameters to be set have been reduced to the essentials and can in future be calculated automatically on the basis of the textile key data.
For the service, there is a new maintenance tool that proactively gives the machine operator or maintenance department service instructions that can be tracked in a logbook. In future, a newly developed online service platform will support our customers with all service inquiries. The technicians communicate directly with the customer via video conferencing - partly with augmented reality. Documents such as circuit diagrams or maintenance manuals can be viewed and explained together and spare parts can be ordered directly. For regular maintenance processes, photo or video illustrations can be stored in local language. Technically caused downtimes can be significantly reduced by these new systems. This increases system availability and thus productivity.
The exchange of machine data with higher-level control station or ERP systems is easily possible with OPC-UA. This allows to rationalise processes in the textile factory and to monitor the quality.
In addition to these efforts in the field of automation, Brueckner also demonstrates the great diversity of their experience and product portfolio. This diversity and consulting competence have been built up over many years of innovation.
Read full report in ITJ June 2019 issue