Digitalization: Paperless Precast Concrete Plant

One allocation sheet for each production pallet and one individual panel abstract for each element on the pallet; there's still a lot of printing being done in the production environment. After all, a few sheets of paper are insignificant in comparison to the costs for concrete, reinforcing steel, and built-in parts. Aren't they? When considering the overall work that goes into printing with the associated costs (paper, printer, toner, waste disposal, etc.), then it's neither necessary nor economical. A sample calculation: If 50 pallets with three panels each are produced on one day, then that's 50 allocation sheets and 150 individual panel abstracts, for a total of 200 sheets of paper that must be printed, collated in the right order, and carried to the pallet–every day.

There's a digital option
The new UniCAM.10 control system can optionally display pallet allocation sheets and the individual panel abstracts directly at the workstations. The current pallet is automatically displayed to the employee as soon as it enters the station, the information is visible from every position, and both hands are always free. When needed, the employee can zoom even further into the drawing. If the employee is already done with the pallet, then the individual panel abstracts of the next pallet are already available. Notes can also be added to the documents through the comment function. Employees can use e.g. a tablet or a notebook with touchscreen for quick access during work preparation. Handwritten notes and markings can be added with a stylus. One crucial advantage over the paper option: notes are saved together with the document so they are traceable at any time.

Laser projection–a useful addition
Laser projection is a useful addition to the electronic individual panel abstract. By projecting formwork and built-in parts, measuring can be omitted when positioning these parts. Laser projection is the digital version of the plotter, so to speak. In contrast to the plotter, operating the laser is very economical. It also saves cycle time because the plotting process is unnecessary. UniCAM.10 is the only control system on the market that already integrates laser projection system control by default.

Real-time figures and reports
And: printing and filing reports is also no longer necessary if employees can access up-to-date data at any time. Different figures are important depending on the specific function of the manager. UniCAM.10 offers the option of compiling figures as desired and can be displayed in an attractive, graphic overview. This is also called a dashboard or cockpit. The individual dashboards are provided and continuously updated via a customer-specific cloud so that they are available everywhere. The data is of course managed in a protected area accessible only to the defined staff. State-of-the-art safety technology keeps data safe. The manager can now retrieve the updated reports from a smartphone, tablet, or notebook. It doesn't matter whether reports are retrieved from the office, at the customer's location, or at home.

The new technology allows a direct interaction between production, control station, and work preparation. But the digital infrastructure at workstations does not conclude the change in production. On the contrary: it creates the conditions to implement many new ideas.