Düsseldorf, April 01, 2018

Experience our X-Pact® MES 4.0 at Tube & wire 2018

X-Pact® MES 4.0 is the name of SMS group’s new integrated and modularized planning- and management system for all types of production plants in the metallurgical process chain. X-Pact® MES 4.0 can be used in steel mills, continuous casting plants, flat rolling mills, tube and pipe mills, wire rod mills, section mills, strip processing lines, etc.

Josephin Bienek, expert in production planning systems at SMS group, will be presenting the successful digitalization applications of the new X-Pact® MES 4.0 manufacturing execution system to visitors of Tube & wire.

In the run-up to the trade fair, we visited her in the Düsseldorf office and talked to her about the product and the trade fair appearance.

SMS group sees MES systems as one of the most attractive fields of application with a high improvement potential using digitalization. Josephin Bienek, project manager at SMS group
Please briefly explain your task at SMS group.

I work in sales for production planning systems at SMS group. In 2016, we aligned our production planning- and control system in line with the huge progress made in communication- and information technology and called it X-Pact® MES 4.0.

By providing an extremely wide range of customizable functionalities for all types of plants in the metallurgical process chain, our manufacturing execution system plays a prominent role within the X-Pact® electrical and automation product portfolio.

I currently handle many customer inquiries and projects in this field because of a growing number of plant operators who have recognized the need for change towards an Industry 4.0 environment. Our MES system allows plant operators to put digitalization on the right track to Industry 4.0 from the very beginning. As an industry partner, SMS group offers solutions to issues that include:

  • How can growing product customization be achieved while ensuring consistently high quality?
  • How can production lead times be minimized while guaranteeing timely delivery?
  • How can resources be used most efficiently and inventories reduced?
At the SMS group booth, you will be greeting the visitors in the “Technology Corner: Digital Products and Platforms”. What can the customers expect from your booth?

I will be at the stand giving visitors a deeper insight into the functional categories into which the individual modules of our MES system are clearly divided, as well as into the individual modules themselves.

Visitors will also be able to experience the system applications live. For example, we will be giving a demo of our mobile applications for smart and modern reporting. In addition, I will be holding personal discussions to present the particular benefits of our integrated and modularized solution with regard to its use in new installations or as part of modernizations.

On which products will your trade fair appearance focus?

The focus will be on our interactive X-Pact® Business Intelligence reporting system. This reporting system is responsible for displaying the planning- and production results and complements the already excellent MES with a browser-based business platform.

X-Pact® Business Intelligence is used to collect, evaluate and display technical, economic and ecological business data for the entire production route and also helps to identify potential improvements for all business requirements.
The following aspects are also interesting from a management perspective:

  • Mobile access anywhere, any time
  • Capability of interaction with dynamic applications, dashboards, and analysis
  • Special management apps via the Intranet (WiFi) and/or internet
What do you think is the highlight of your product and what advantages does it offer customers?

To put it briefly, our clearly structured and future-proof X-Pact® MES 4.0 gives plant operators an economic advantage in terms of productivity.

Our MES system is linked with the automation systems of all units in the plant and obtains status information as well as production- and process data.

Thanks to our decades of experience in the automation of technological, metallurgical, and logistical solutions throughout all stages of production, SMS group is the obvious choice for our customers in the development and supply of MES systems. This is validated by a long list of references.