ZIMBA - The platform that connects
At the LIGNA 2019, the new IIoT and service platform ZIMBA was presented to the customers of the IMA Schelling Group for the first time. Since then, the platform has been continuously developed and integrated into the day-to-day production of existing machines and plants. With ZIMBA as the central interface, all IMA Schelling systems are bundled and linked via a CRM.
THE PLATFORM IS DIVIDED INTO THREE DIFFERENT MODULES:
With ZIMBA.ticket, the hotline technicians will be able to automatically connect to the customer’s machine from the CRM. A direct video connection enables targeted remote diagnostics including spare parts management. (available from 1 April 2022)
With ZIMBA.maintenance, the customer can view and plan pending maintenance, assign tasks and document work steps. Automatically generated knowledge articles on the respective upcoming maintenance can be viewed directly during planning and processing and provide guidance to the machine operator. The ‘step-by-step’ instructions eliminate ambiguities, which reduces the processing time for maintenance. (available from 1 April 2022)
Pre-built dashboards in ZIMBA.analytic can make the performance and availability of the plants visible. This enables the customer to receive direct recommendations for action to optimise their production. (coming soon).
The IMA Schelling Ticket.client has been online since January 2022. This is available free of charge for all new machines and plants from IMA Schelling and ensures that a remote connection can be established between machine and IMA Schelling technician in the event of a fault.
MAJOR EXPANSION: A NEW PRODUCTION HALL AT THE POLAND LOCATION
Construction work in Sroda, the IMA Schelling branch in Poland, is in full swing. The hall is scheduled to go into operation in October 2022, ensuring sustainable growth for the IMA Schelling Group. Due to the increase in enquiries, especially in the area of transport and handling, automation solutions for connecting individual machines to customers are becoming more and more relevant. This development on the market is our main motivation for expanding production capacities.
A further objective: all four production sites in Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia are to be given clear allocation and responsibility for the manufacture of individual products. The locations should each specialise in certain core competencies, thus guaranteeing an efficient value chain. In addition to the approximately 7,000-m2 hall, we are also planning an office complex, which will offer space for common rooms, design offices and workplaces for service technicians.
UPDATE: WHAT DOES ‘aimi’ ACTUALLY DO?
Since the introduction of the group-wide machine and plant software around a year ago, a lot has been developed, tested and implemented in the background. In the meantime, aimi.DO can control certain bearings, saws and edging and drilling machines, and the first customer orders can be offered and delivered with new software. Individual product areas for work and production preparation are equipped with the new aimi.THINK interface and are already being used by customers. The feedback from customers has been consistently positive so far, as the software offers many customisation options. In any case, the desire for simplification has been fulfilled. IMA Schelling is working flat out to keep optimising the software and integrate it into all workflows.
FOLLOW-UP ORDER FOR SMALL BATCH PRODUCTION FROM DE KEUKEN GROUP
De Keuken Group (DKG) invests in a new edging system consisting of 2 Combima Systems for the production of carcasses and fronts in small series. The special arrangement of the machines convinces with a small footprint and one man operation at an output of over 3,000 parts per shift. The system will be connected to the existing ah 6 cutting line. With its brands Bruynzeel and Keller Keukens DKG is the largest kitchen manufacturer in the Netherlands.
FULLY AUTOMATED PRODUCTON LIINE FOR NARROW PARTS ORDERED BY DIG-NET LENART
The Polish manufacturer of living room and bedroom furniture Dig Net Lenart has invested in another high-performance line for narrow parts from IMA Schelling. The line consists of a ah 9 angular saw with sorting and stacking device as well as an edging line consisting of two offset Combimas for longitudinal processing and a double-sided Combima for transverse processing. This enables the fully automated production of regular parts as well as narrow parts. Cutting plant and edgebanding line will be commissioned in two delivery steps till May 2023.
TOMASELLA ORDERS ANOTHER BATCH SIZE 1 PRODUCTION L INE
Since 2014, the Italian living room and bedroom furniture manufacturer Tomasella has regularly invested in production technology from IMA Schelling. In May 2023, it is expanding its production with a vs 12 area storage with connected ls 1 panel saw and Combima edging cycle. A Performance.cut is also part of the scope of delivery. Furniture carcasses and fronts are produced on the line in batch size 1 and small series.