On April 24, 2018, a high-profile delegation from the “Shunde Association of High-Tech” (China) paid a visit to the SMS group’s Test Center in Mönchengladbach to see how things currently stand with regard to the leading themes of Digitalization and Industrie 4.0.
Walter Timmerbeul, Vice President Electrics/Automation for Processing Lines and Furnaces, presented X-Pact® electrical and automation systems as well as innovative digitalization concepts. An automation system that has already been implemented was then demonstrated using a real-time 3D simulation for a reversing cold mill as part of the SMS group’s Plug & Work integration test. Finally, the visitors were given an introduction to SMS digital GmbH by Dr. Jesper Mellenthin, who presented other digital solutions such as the Smart Alarm, a smart alarm and maintenance management system, and the mySMS group platform. The event was met with great enthusiasm and further talks have been agreed with the delegation.