Rieter has introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) to the textile machinery industry by linking two of the modules of SPIDERweb mill control system. Earlier at the ITMA 2015 in Milan, Rieter showed the SPIDERweb mill control system with six new modules. The Internet of Things is a network of physical objects that are linked to a network via electronics, software or sensors. This enables the objects to collect and exchange data. Alert and Cockpit modules as well as the Client module of Rieter's SPIDERweb are now connected through IoT .
Alert and Cockpit modules – always informed
The mobile app with the Cockpit module (Fig. 1) enables mill personnel to monitor important spinning mill data in real time. Data are transmitted to the smartphone every two minutes and an overview of the efficiency of all machines of the current production can be retrieved at any time.
Also, it allows to access data on production and efficiency of the last 5 shifts and differentiation can be made between an overview of the process stages and an overview of the spun articles.
The mill management can monitor the defined threshold values and receives messages in the Alert module (Fig. 2) if values are exceeded or undershot. There is always a possibility to compare it with a machine used for the same lot.
The user can then break down, extend or delegate the alert to others so that appropriate action can be taken.
Client module – access when on the move
Industrial enterprises around the world are retooling their factories with advanced technologies. This allows them to boost their production flexibility and speed as well as achieve an unprecedented level of overall equipment effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
This renaissance reflects the pressure that players in industry face today. The Client module allows flexible access to SPIDERweb data. The customer can define several computers or tablets so that multiple users can access the same data pool. The client system is currently based on the Windows operating system.
As the client, computer, laptop tablet or mobile phone can be used. In this way, the spinning mill can be continuously monitored and a decision taken at any time.
SPIDERweb increases economic viability in spinning
With a total of six new modules, SPIDERweb opens the door to an Internet-based spinning mill control system. This offers the customer the following advantages:
1. Mobile alert for quick action
2. Energy monitoring for optimised consumption
3. Quality control for constant yarn properties
4. Climate monitoring for optimal production
5. Assistant modules for know-how at the touch of a button
6. Cockpit module for highly productive quality spinning
7. Client module for flexible access to mill data.
SPIDERweb is the only mill management system that collects, displays and analyses all relevant data from the spinning preparation to spinning systems. Working with the SPIDERweb Mill Control System ensures transparency and constant yarn quality, increases efficiency and ultimately lowers the mill costs.