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NextLAP platform monitors and controls production processes

NextLAP's IP/1 process monitoring platform is designed to go one step further than traditional predictive maintenance approaches: It enables the automation of complete production and lo-gistics process chains.

05 Jun. 2018
NextLAP platform monitors and controls production processes (Photo: nextLAP GmbH)

With its new Predictive Process Control solution, nextLAP GmbH aims to contribute far more to the digital, automated control of industrial logistics and production than conventional ap-proaches to predictive maintenance are capable of. IP/1 not only facilitates monitoring of ma-chinery and equipment, but also analyzes entire production and logistics process chains with the aim of detecting and eliminating anomalies at an early stage. The software generates a data-driven, digital image of all processes in real time and autonomously identifies emerging prob-lems so they can be automatically counteracted if needed.

The program combines a wide range of information: from the current location of a vehicle and the production throughput of a specific machine to the installation date of a specific plant com-ponent. IP/1 uses algorithms specially developed by nextLAP, based on which the platform can make autonomous optimization decisions and apply them to the affected production and logis-tics processes. The success of predictive maintenance alone offers a similarly promising outlook for the more comprehensive Predictive Process Control. According to a PAC study , 83% of re-spondents are already planning to increase their investment in the digitization of maintenance processes to further improve their operational efficiency.