What makes mass production so flexible that it can meet individual demands?

The cosmetics manufacturer Dr. Kurt Wolff GmbH & Co. KG can manufacture different products on one single machine thanks to Siemens technology, enabling individual demands to be met.
The future of manufacturing. Today.

Small production volume – high flexibility

Fast and efficient – or customized and flexible. When it comes to consumer goods production, “either/or” used to be an unbreakable rule. Hard- and software from Siemens offers a new generation of machines no longer limited to strict either/or scenarios.

Cosmetics maker Dr. Kurt Wolff GmbH & Co. KG uses an advanced solution from Siemens and OPTIMA to maximize filling and packaging production efficiency.

In the past 1 product = 1 machine was the rule for filling and packaging lines. At best, a machine retool could be done to adapt new products, but this meant long, costly, and idle set-up times.

The machine builder Optima Consumer GmbH now uses advanced technology from Siemens offering a radically new approach to flexibility: one machine that can produce low volumes with increased productivity, and which is quickly and easily converted to accommodate the next product. Dr. Kurt Wolff GmbH & Co. KG, the first user, was able to dramatically reduce set-up times. The single machine currently manages five different products at one time and is continuously learning to accommodate more.

This radical advance in mass production is made possible by two innovations:

1. The Multi-Carrier-System, which functions to more intelligently convey goods through the line compared to a classic production line. Where required, each single product may be modified individually.

2. A smart software concept from Siemens that provides the necessary intelligence for this type of dynamic control. Making it possible for the entire system to be highly automated, yet very flexibly.

Together, these innovations comprise a revolution in mechanical engineering.

New standards were also set in the planning, development and commissioning of the machine by the Optima Consumer GmbH, Dr. Kurt Wolff GmbH & Co. KG and Siemens teams: The plant was largely developed and tested virtually. This way, the complex interplay of all the components is rehearsed and optimized on the digital twin long before the machine is actually built. The result: The time from concept to production-ready machine is considerably decreased.

Everyone wants to have an individual solution. It goes without saying that this requires us to think in a completely different way regarding machine building issues.
Rainer Feuchter, CEO Optima Consumer GmbH

Intelligent software and modern control change the game in mechanical engineering.

Producing different varieties of a product on one production line – the multi-carrier system that Siemens has developed for OPTIMA makes this possible.

Smart and flexible factories

Production lines with the multi-carrier system can be flexibly set-up to create different product variants. The modular design and individual control of the carriers make this happen. The production process can be adapted to each customer's order, quickly and more efficiently.

Step into the future of manufacturing

Industry software solutions from Siemens link the virtual and real worlds. They enable efficient and networked production environments, shorten time-to-market for innovative products, and dispense with the need for costly prototypes.

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