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thyssenkrupp and indurad receive award for digital solutions

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RWTH Aachen University in Germany has awarded thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions and indurad the Data-based Services 2017 award. The award was given as part of a benchmarking study by RWTH Aachen, which focused on identifying leading approaches to date-based services and digitalisation among 75 participating European companies.

thyssenkrupp and indurad receive award for digital solutions

Fully automated tailor-made longitudinal storage system.


“The solutions we developed with indurad are unrivalled when it comes to transforming offline machines into digital tools,” said Christian Fabry, Head of Sales Performance and Procurement in the Parts and Supply Management Department of thyssenkrupp Industial Solutions.

“For example, with our condition monitoring solutions we are able to foresee machine failures before they happen. By taking appropriate countermeasures in good time we reduce downtimes and help our customers by optimising production processes.”

In addition to boosting productivity, the data-based solutions “enhance process stability and collision avoidence,” explained Reik Winkel, CEO of indurad. “For instance, we can reduce crawler drive control movements by up to 40%, decreasing wear and process variations and additionally reducing the number of collisions to zero.”

The basis for the solutions offered by the companies is a radar technology that is capable of performing measurements online and in real time. The radar is compatible with all equipment on the market and all project types – whether greenfield of brownfield.

The solutions provided by thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions and indurad are customisable to the specific sites and needs of customers.

“For example, for one of our customers we developed a tailor-made, fully-automated longitudinal storage system for bulk materials. Knowing the height and shape of each pile, our solution not only automatically directs the reclaimer to exactly the right position, but additionally allows a precise forecast of future demand. In addition, we were also able to increase utilisation of the facility significantly,” added Fabry.

“Data-based solutions can get the complete production chain up to speed, allowing all mining systems to be fully automated,” concluded Winkel.

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