Application examples: Other
Product examples: Software solutions
Value creation: Design & Engineering, Production & supply chain, Service, Logistics, Other
Development stage: Market-ready/productive use
Company size: 1 - 250 employees
Region: Bavaria

What were the challenges to be solved and what specific benefits were achieved?

The challenge is to transform existing business processes with all participants into digital processes without destroying their unique features and uniqueness. All existing participants need to be hooked into the new digital network in the first setp. This must be processed gentle, affordable and step-by-step. The old business process and the new digital flows must run in parallel, or integrated, so that the companies are not forced for an ad hoc switch of the old processes.

The final construction of the digital network must connect all participants in numerous value chains and all must run automated in parallel. Since the business processes are not sequential in all ways, dynamic changes on the fly must be considered in the flows of the digital network. Changes and extensions of value chains must be possible in a very short time without to harm other value chains or participants. The digital data flow need to be used with data and documents. If required, data or documents must be created from the other sources in the data flow. Legal framework conditions must be adhered to

Beyond the direct exchange of data between participants in a value chain, the processes have to provide more flexibility for individual requirements. For this purpose, it must be possible to integrate additional functions into a digital data flow, with which for example, Rules can be processed automatically. Modifications or extensions of individual digital sequences shall not affect or hinder existing and processing data flows.

The data flow must process data and documents across all participants in a value chain and meet the legal requirements. Partially, legal and content requirements must be taken into account in the context of the documents, which do not occur with the pure data exchange.

How can the Industrie 4.0 approach be described?

EIM-Ways is an Enterprise-Information-Management System with our own technological approach, which we created for a flexible process control of digital networks. A value chain for the digital data flow can be established and standarized between any participants of the digital network, that exist in a company.

At runtime, the digital data flows can be dynamically adapted to changing behaviors.The possibility of segmentation solves the complexity of digital value chains, so that the existing participants can be integrated independently and in parallel into different data flows.

EIM-Ways can handle data and documents and their regarded needs in value chains. The integration of individual participants into the value chain can be flexibly adapted wieth EIM-Ways to any requirements.

What could be achieved?

EIM-Ways is the product, that manage digital networks to exchange and process data and documents between different participants of value chains. The differences between the participant will be equalized by EIM-Ways, so that value chains can be standardized in a companies environment. EIM-Ways manages all digital networks and the participants dynamically according to the rules and requirements of the companies business.

What measures have been taken to achieve the solution?

EIM-Ways' modern process technology is used to create dynamical data flows between all participants of a value chain in a company. The existing business processes had been digitally transformed, using EIM-Ways to stay in Budget and Time.The step-by-step digital transformation with EIM-Ways mad it possible to use old and new parts of the existing business processes simultaneously and in addition.

After the digital transformation, the companies use the flexibility of EIM-Ways to optimize the now digital processes and expand them to the new requirements of Industrie 4.0 and IoT.

What can others learn from it?

Digital Networks with EIM-Ways homogenize and standardize the vaule chains in a company, while they balance the difference between all participants. All participants will be hooked to the digital network smoothly without the necessarity of Integration.Changes and expansions of existing data flows are implemented simple and in short time. Functions to solve individual requirements can be inserted in the digital data flow as they are needed.

Changes inside value chains can be done while all processes rund. The changes only affect the value chain itself, without disturbing the others. Optimization functionalities can adjust the digital data flows manually or automated.

The key success factor is the separation of internal digital networking from digital networking with business partners. Internal digital networking can be standardized and used for all business partners, while global digital networking balances the differences between business partners.