Successful collaboration with the scaleup oculavis has now enabled KraussMaffei, the world-leading manufacturer of machines and systems for plastics and rubber production and processing, to apply innovative technologies and new forms of collaboration to resolve technical problems by remote.
In early 2019, KraussMaffei Technologies was looking for professional, high-performance software for its service organisation with a view to reducing machine downtimes, minimising travel costs and its carbon footprint, deploying service personnel more efficiently, and developing new digital business models. Key factors in terms of choosing a suitable partner in all cases were performance, functionality and the attractiveness of its service solution. In its search for potential providers, its choice fell in very short order on oculavis and its augmented reality platform oculavis SHARE.
Live support from the expert's view. AR annotations enable ideal support when solving technical questions. © oculavis & KraussMaffei.
Powerful service platform for maintenance and serviceDriven by New Work principles and new technologies, maintenance and service of machine and plant manufacturers are in transformation. Customer Experience and commitment are the focus of consideration, with particular reference to availability of information and real-time communication, in-house and externally. As a modular service platform, oculavis SHARE slots into this interface in which humans, machines and processes work together to perform innovative services. The core benefit of this solution lies in efficiently implementing remote processes that globally connect know-how carriers, service technicians and assets. State-of-the-art augmented reality (AR) technology, remote support and digital workflows with step-by-step instructions already enable procedures in maintenance and service to be performed with much lower use of resources.
Communication on an equal footing and with a high level of transparency from the outsetFrom the start of the project, communication between the decision-makers took place on an equal footing. Interaction on expectations, requirements in terms of functions, the roadmap, objectives and the available budget for implementing the project were all fully transparent. That provided the ideal basis for the successful implementation of new software in a global service organisation with more than 60 local subsidiaries and agents. In addition to creating the necessary infrastructure for the international use of KraussMaffei smartAssist, the focus was on a Cloud-based set-up combining benefits in terms of central operation, maintenance and update management in particular. Rigorously focused collaboration made it possible to finalise the platform within just two months.
Milestones and challenges in the implementation of digital service structuresEvery sector has special use cases, ranging from information technologies to individual service characteristics. That was the source of one of the main challenges facing the scale-up and the company as they worked together. Coordinating essential features of the software with individual customer requirements must always include consideration of general market requirements if a young company is to be able to grow. But a customer focus with an eye to providing the best possible performance will continue to be crucial.
As part of a long-term partnership, both companies already have future potentials for development in view. For example, features include integrated rights and licence management for multivendor workspace expansion and the inclusion of autonomous service partners, or deeper segmentation down to component level via QR codes, which will one day make possible the digitalised and unique identification of spare parts.
Recipe for success with dynamic collaborationDr Markus Grosse Böckmann, founder and Managing Director of oculavis, believes the key to successful collaboration with global market leaders lies in identifying the requirements of a large-scale organisation and actively drawing on these in the product development process.
Direct routes enable agile project processes, with swift implementation as the result. With dynamism and power of innovation on one side and expertise and structures on the other, KraussMaffei Technologies and oculavis provide a good example of successful collaboration.
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You can download the original article here. It was published in November 2021 under the title "Remote processes: Superpowers for machine and plant manufacturers" in the ProduktionNRW c/o VDMA publication "Innovations made in NRW. Cooperation with start-ups".