Better transparency and higher production capacity using digitalised processes

Hive Digital Suite brings together all of the raw data from machines, tools, measuring devices, goods management and purchasing and converts it into value-generating information. The benefits of this data include better transparency, higher production capacity without having to invest in new equipment, higher output and fewer missing parts. By reducing capital-intensive tool and measurement stocks, your company benefits from higher liquidity without compromising availability.

Based on the digital IIoT platform Jellix, Brütsch/Rüegger has recently developed business applications that digitalise key processes in the manufacturing sector. The four new business applications available in the Hive Digital Suite allow all of the relevant raw data from machines, tools, measuring equipment, intralogistics, goods management and purchasing to be combined and transformed into value-generating information. The benefits of this data include better transparency, higher production capacity without having to invest in new equipment, higher output and fewer missing parts. It also allows tool costs per production order to be calculated precisely to ensure exact final costing that can be used as a basis for the next quote.

Overview of the four business applications

  • Quality Control provides assurance of quality and logs measurement data at all production levels
  • Inventory simplifies and automates tool and material management
  • Shopfloor evaluates production processes and creates new production capacities
  • Worker Instruction supports, checks and logs assembly processes
Our software development is 100-percent oriented towards the requirements of our customers. We analyse your production processes and adapt our basic modules to your specific conditions.
Raphaël Müller
Head of Industrial Solutions
Brütsch/Rüegger Tools

The Hive Digital Suite covers the flow of information throughout the entire workshop and optimally links each individual assembly and production area. With the tried-and tested Shopfloor, Inventory, Worker Instruction and Quality Control modules, Brütsch/Rüegger Tools is offering a flexible Industry 4.0 toolkit for SMEs.


An overview of the four business applications included in the Hive Digital Suite

Quality Control: A simply way to log all measurement data

As all measuring equipment and measuring stations are networked using the Hive "Quality Control" module, all measurements carried out during production and assembly are recorded in a central database and are then available to all departments.

Quality Control ensures that measurement data can be traced and managed, as well as allowing it to be integrated into production process to increase production quality and to comply with documentation requirements. With Quality Control, quality assurance begins at the very start of production.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Easy and intuitive to use
  • Full traceability
  • Comprehensive logging of measurement and test data
  • Automatic identification of the measuring device and workpiece

Inventory: Automatic management system reduces tool and measuring equipment costs

The "Inventory" module provides integrated tool and measuring equipment management throughout the entire production process.

When used in combination with output systems such as ToolBoxes, lift systems and vending machines etc., Inventory reduces tool consumption, lowers process costs thanks to automatic orders, optimises storage positions and achieves cost savings of up to 50%.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Availability 24/7
  • Flexible search and rapid removal
  • Management of all tool and measuring equipment data
  • Evaluation per cost centre and order
  • Inventory overview and stock value
  • Multi-supplier capability

Shopfloor: Increased transparency and higher production capacity without having to invest in new equipment

One of the central tasks of the "Shopfloor" module is collecting and processing production data for measuring and increasing production efficiency (OEE). Production machines are networked in real time, which provides information to the database and KPIs for optimal utilisation of overall potential.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Increased transparency and flexibility
  • Increased production capacities without having to invest in new equipment
  • Reduced production and throughput times
  • Reduced costs incurred due to defective performance (e.g. scrap and downtime)

Worker Instruction: Interactive process support for assembly processes

The "Worker Instruction" module provides interactive instructions and enables interactive testing and logging of assembly processes (joining, gluing, screwing, riveting, greasing, testing etc.) at assembly workstations, which in turn ensures that documents are accurate and increases the assembly quality.

When used with ergonomic and modular assembly workstations or production lines in accordance with the Lean Management principle, even small assembly batches can be completed flexibly, efficiently and safely. Employees are guided intuitively through every step of the production process, with visual aids to help understanding.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Process quality is ensured
  • Support, checking and logging of assembly processes
  • Reduction in manufacturing costs

Experience the Hive Digital Suite live in our SmartFactory

The modular design of the SmartFactory in Urdorf and the variety of topics on show provide exciting opportunities for further training on tool management and tool logistics, Industry 4.0, digitalisation, optimised production processes and lean management.

Training sessions, seminars and customised workshops demonstrate to participants the enormous potential of Industry 4.0 practices for SMEs. Cost reductions of 20% across the board and up to 50% in specific areas are very feasible outcomes.

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