Digitalising information processes is the topic on everyone’s lips at the moment. In our industry, it manifests itself under the banner of ‘Information 4.0’ and it’s now hard to imagine life without it. Austrian machinery manufacturer INNIO Jenbacher is a striking example of what is possible in the area of digitalisation today.
With the help of our SCHEMA Content Delivery Server (CDS), a distribution system for data and intelligent information, INNIO Jenbacher has developed an innovative system landscape that combines digital data flows with a high level of automation. In this blog post, we would like to give you a brief recap of what Robert Unterrainer and Konrad Schartner presented live at the SCHEMA Conference 2019.
You see, digitalisation can work if you approach it in the right way.
What digitalisation means
Let’s take a quick look behind the scenes. What does the information process at INNIO Jenbacher look like? And what kinds and volumes of data are involved?
Ensuring high availability worldwide
INNIO Jenbacher manufactures gas engines for use as power generators or cogeneration units. Over 750 products and customised product variants are in use worldwide. This amounts to over 20,000 engines or an output of 27,000 MW, with a further 1200 engines added to this total each year.
One of the major challenges is to keep these units running with as little downtime as possible, while ensuring all of them provide high availability without exception. In order to address this, INNIO Jenbacher developed an infrastructure to provide all those involved in the product lifecycle with all of the necessary data.
myPlant*: the digital information platform for everyone and everything
The myPlant* portal is the central access point for everyone involved. Customers who perform maintenance work and rectify faults themselves will, for example, find all the necessary information and instructions as well as the current spare parts catalogue there. If the INNIO Jenbacher service team performs remote maintenance on its customers’ machinery (‘Digital maintenance’), myPlant* provides them with the latest machine data live. The relevant target groups can also access training material and information for interested parties via myPlant*.
If we take a look at three output values, we can see what the system is capable of in terms of performance. There are over 12,000 systems across the world that interact with myPlant*. Each year, a volume of over 10 TB of data is moved around, which is collected by over 1 million sensors.
How the CDS controls the information flow – example of digital maintenance plans
As we hinted at the start of this blog post, SCHEMA CDS plays a crucial role in this complex interplay of information and target groups. As a specialist in the aggregation and distribution of classified data, it is the interface at INNIO Jenbacher that integrates the other systems involved in the information process and enables them to interact with each other. At this point, we would like to briefly look at one highlight:
SCHEMA CDS ensures that every customer has access to an individual digital maintenance plan. The genius of this maintenance plan lies in the fact that it combines basic maintenance information from the planning tool Docudat with the live data from the customer’s machine halls. This gives the operators precise information on any actions and maintenance required for the relevant target group. The CDS correlates all the information needed to do this.
How does this affect the recipients of the information? They simply log into myPlant*, which is directly integrated into the SCHEMA CDS via the API, and receive a maintenance plan at the push of a button; the quality of the information provided would only previously have been possible to obtain manually.
Where SCHEMA ST4 and SCHEMA Reader co-operate
Alongside the SCHEMA CDS, there are two further standard products from SCHEMA in use at INNIO Jenbacher: our CCMS SCHEMA ST4 and the SCHEMA Reader. How are these embedded in the system architecture?
SCHEMA ST4: using PI-Mod to create intelligent information modules
At INNIO Jenbacher, the XML editing system SCHEMA ST4 comes into its element and is used to generate intelligent information. In the process of creating the digital maintenance plans, for example, the system switches between Docudat and SCHEMA CDS and creates indexed maintenance tables with metadata using the raw data provided by Docudat. INNIO Jenbacher uses the standard PI-Mod as a classification method, with SCHEMA ST4 providing optimal support for this using its taxonomy module.
SCHEMA Reader: optimal information provided at all times – even when offline
Another cornerstone of the information process at INNIO Jenbacher is the SCHEMA Reader, which the company uses under the label ‘Jenbacher Reader’. Anyone with access to the information portal myPlant* can obtain information from SCHEMA CDS offline and also use it without an internet connection, e.g. if servicing is required.
Textbook example of successful digitalisation
Everyone gets the information in the quality they require, live from the field and up-to-date from the data and content systems of INNIO Jenbacher. And all without unnecessary manual work steps.
INNIO Jenbacher could be characterised as a textbook example of successful digitalisation. Modern systems and technologies like SCHEMA CDS and SCHEMA ST4 make scenarios like this possible.