Make your machines more productive by managing your work planning, tool administration and order documentation with Connected Manufacturing

When it comes to machining, transparent tool management, more efficient production processes and more productive employees are key to retaining your competitive edge

Did you know that:

  • Your machines are actually only productive for around 30-45% of the time on average over the year, as the rest of the time is taken up by non-productive activities such as set-up work, programming or maintenance?
  • Valuable machine time is often lost by the need to search for tools because there’s no central overview of everything you have?
  • If workflows are not properly noted down, then in the event of holidays, illness or a change of staff this will mean downtime and rejects, and that staff will need to spend a lot of time familiarising themselves with the set-up?

Connected Manufacturing makes your production transparent and lets you see in real time exactly what is happening in your processes.

More productive employees

Proven results in day-to-day work:

Schüßler Modell- & Prototypenbau GmbH
revamped its working time models, moving away from shift work to letting employees choose their working hours and work from home arrangements for themselves. The result: a sharp increase in the employees’ flexibility and independence, and a working model that ultimately went down very well.

Higher production capacity

Proven results in day-to-day work:

Ever since Schüßler Modell- & Prototypenbau GmbH
introduced Connected Manufacturing, it has seen improvements in all aspects of the production process, including:
  • Around 20% less downtime, corresponding to roughly 60 hours each month
  • Workflows are 55% more effective in conjunction with the GARANT automation solution, enabling the number of machines to be reduced from 6 to 3.
  • Reworking rate reduced from 33% to less than 22%
  • 15% fewer rejects
In the case of Mühlhoff Umformechnik GmbH, an analysis was run to determine how the use of digital solutions affected the spindle runtime. To this end, the results before and after the introduction of Connected Manufacturing were compared. By changing over to Connected Manufacturing as the data management solution and using CAM programming and automated machinery, the company saw 33% higher utilisation of the spindle runtime across all machines used.

Lower tool costs

Proven results in day-to-day work:

Thanks to Connected Manufacturing, Schüßler Modell- & Prototypenbau GmbH increased its tool utilisation rate by 25%, significantly cutting its tool costs accordingly.

Connected Manufacturing gives you a complete overview of where all your tools and machines are along with their status – meaning you can set up and document your jobs on your machines reliably and efficiently.

CAM programming

Keep an eye on production from the comfort of your office.

  • Maintain an overview of your tool stocks (individual and complete tools) and their status and location, and re-order tools at an early stage
  • Consistent tool logic and overarching tool tables for the use of tools on all machines
  • Provide programs and drawings for machines directly and gain access to optimised NC programs without any special effort

Tool preparation

Set up machines whilst production is ongoing: reduce non-productive time (by up to 50%) as you don't waste time fetching and searching for tools

  • Optimised tool stocks thanks to usage data
  • Mount, pick and set up tools in advance thanks to automatically generated picking lists (requirements lists, picklists)
  • Connect tool pre-setting devices and automatically transfer tool parameters to the machine control system
  • Save tool parameters centrally, ensuring they are available for the future and other machines

Production/machine operator

Reduced non-productive time (> 30%) and no mistakes

  • Overview of tools in the machine store
  • Info on current service life and remaining runtime
  • Complete tool usage histories
  • Work plan with an overview of the processed jobs and work steps/tasks
  • Tool corrections are synced in real time

Order overview and a simple means of repeating orders

  • Reliably repeat the process for follow-up orders as the relevant information is documented, e.g. the clamping situation or updated NC programs
  • Updated paperless route card – overview of which orders are located on which machines as well as the current status of work plans
  • The actual runtime of orders or operations can be evaluated directly or transferred to external systems

The simple, hassle-free way to get started

It’s so simple to integrate Connected Manufacturing into your production process. In our experience, it takes an average of around 3 months to go from implementing the solution to being able to use it fully in production. Our consultants will be glad to assist you with a holistic support strategy (including a project owner all the way through to live operations) throughout the entire process.

Project preparation

  • Unique tool designations
  • CAD/CAM tool database prepared
  • IT infrastructure prepared
  • Terminal devices obtained

Project implementation

  • Machine data recorded
  • Complete tools, clamping devices, accessories and storage places identified (serial numbers logged)
  • Machine interfaces prepared


  • Test the machine and device configurations
  • Check that the Connected Manufacturing system is working
  • Draw up a handover report

User training

  • On-site user training sessions
  • Bespoke user training sessions

The simple, hassle-free way to find out more

Numerous customers are already successfully using Connected Manufacturing as part of live operations. Arrange a personal appointment with your consultant today to see Connected Manufacturing in action. Or why not turn to customers who are already using Connected Manufacturing to see the benefits up close for yourself!

Success stories with Connected Manufacturing

Paperless production reduces non-productive times by 30 percent

Automotive supplier Mühlhoff switches to digital order processing, project management and tool administration

More efficient tool administration saves time and money in production

SMP Schüssler is making its processes for producing plastic and metal prototypes fit for the future

Digital tools revolutionising Maschinenbau Ortmanns

The Hoffmann Group is making machine manufacturer Ortmanns fit for the future with its Connected Manufacturing Connected Metrology solution.

“Digital Oldie” helps Georg Sahm GmbH & Co. KG achieve greater efficiency

With Connected Manufacturing, Volker Schmiedel is ushering in a new era at Georg Sahm

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