Digitization focuses on customer requirements.
Digitization is changing the world we know
Digitization is penetrating more and more areas of life and business. For the industry, it offers the opportunity to better tailor products to individual customer requirements and to produce them more efficiently. Digitization is therefore not just a challenge, but above all an opportunity.
For Miba, a strategic partner of the international engine and vehicle industry and technology leader in the field of friction systems, digitization is a key issue. Together with RISC Software, a tool for the system-aided development of friction systems has been realized, significantly improving not only the efficiency, but also the standardization and transparency of the design process.
The know-how stored in the form of a software is now available to all employees worldwide, giving them the freedom to focus on really demanding and value-adding activities and, consequently, bring new products to market faster.
Long-term cooperation as a success factor
RISC software has been supporting Miba since the beginning of 2014 in the agile implementation of the project. In the course of a preliminary project, the concept, which had already been worked out in detail in advance by Miba, was jointly refined and a first prototype realized. The concrete implementation was started at the beginning of 2015 and due to the close and intensive cooperation, the first expansion stage of the software within the Miba Group was successfully rolled out at the beginning of 2016. Since then, the software has been successfully used in all branches of the friction lining group of Miba worldwide.
Miba application engineers can now use the application engineering tool to define, analyze and evaluate the requirements and design of the planned tribological system (brakes and clutches) together with the customer.
The analysis and evaluation is based on a powerful and flexible calculation core with which the characteristic system parameters are determined and prepared for the user in the form of meaningful visualizations (diagrams, plots, etc.).
The support of the user has meanwhile gone so far that concrete covering technologies and coverings are proposed, taking into account the parameters entered.
The focus in the past year was on the development of a cost module. In addition to the technical aspects, the software system thus also supports the cost-related evaluation of the planned design and shows savings and optimization potential. Customer requirements and production costs can thus be matched as well as possible. The prerequisite for this is a detailed modeling of the production facilities and production processes in order to be able to determine and evaluate production variants for the planned design. Before the realization of the actual cost module, a tool for modeling the production was therefore realized in the first step. At the heart of this tool is a domain-specific language (DSL) that can be used to describe production processes, production rules, and the behavior or limitations of production equipment in a very precise and realistic manner.
Miba is currently modeling the production processes using the DSL-based modeling tool and RISC Software is preparing the cost module for the stepwise internal roll-out.