What does MDE mean: machine data collection

What does MDE mean: machine data collection

Michael Möller
Michael Möller
6 mins
October 5, 2023

In companies that use various materials and materials, it is important to keep a precise overview. MDE is used to monitor and visualize the individual processes in a company with regard to warehouse movements and calculations.

But what does MDE mean? MDE is the short form of machine data collection. It describes the interface between machines in terms of production technology and information processing.

What is an MDE device?

With an MDE device, you can record all information generated on a machine. Key machine data include:

  • Production quantity/quantities
  • logistical availability
  • Machine condition
  • consumption of resources, energy consumption

The MDE device collects relevant information that is generated during operation. This primarily includes tax data, but also valuable information about the production process.

As an MDE device, you can also use a smartphone or tablet to visualize the relevant key figures. Your corresponding interface can transfer the collected data to the ERP or MES system.

With more than 50 years of manufacturing management expertise and the MDE from gbo datacomp, you will be shown a wide range of technical connectivity options. This creates maximum transparency.

Data such as quantities, faults, alarms, quality assurance data and process values are recorded in real time.

Features of an MDE device

The detailed functions are tailored to your individual requirements. The MDE stands for the perfect flow of information between the machines and the respective operators (machine operators, foremen).

Thanks to the various connection options, automatic process values that are relevant to your company can be recorded. The key figures can be individually visualized.

The results are clearly presented in a dashboard customized according to your wishes and reporting at the push of a button.

Vulnerability analysis is another relevant feature. On the basis of the systematically collected downtime data, a differentiated statement can be made here.

MDE integration via OPC (direct machine interfaces):

The integration of MDE systems (machine data collection) via OPC (OLE for Process Control) and direct machine interfaces is a current and decisive issue in modern production. OPC enables seamless communication between different machines and the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or other higher-level systems. Through this integration, production data can be collected and analyzed in real time, which significantly increases efficiency and transparency in manufacturing. In addition, the direct connection of machines via interfaces enables immediate data collection and interaction, which in many cases reduces manual input and improves the accuracy of the information collected. This approach helps to optimize production processes and respond more quickly to disruptions, which ultimately increases the competitiveness and productivity of companies.

Automatic data collection can improve your data quality. This is the only way to make an accurate evaluation and nothing stands in the way of tomorrow's success.

Integration of mobile devices into MES

In addition, mobile devices play a decisive role in manual data entry in the MDE system. They enable employees to record important information, such as the start of an order or comments, in order to document the production process more precisely. These manual inputs are often essential to provide additional contextual information, such as reasons for machine downtimes or quality aspects. The integration of mobile devices into the MDE system offers the flexibility to collect data directly at the source and transfer it to MES or other higher-level systems in real time. This enables a faster response to production events and helps to further improve overall efficiency.

Objectives of MDE

The use of visualized data can be a fundamental factor in terms of performance optimization in production. It is also an important part of quality assurance.

This recording has a direct impact on the competitiveness of your company. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) describes the economic key figure with which you measure the productivity but also losses resulting from the technical systems.

Where is an MDE device used?

MDE Devices are used in companies to measure time spent and vulnerability to errors. The range of industries that use MDE technology is very wide. In principle, machine data collection can be used by all industries that require detailed inventory management and control the inflow and outflow of goods.

Visualization allows processes to be optimized and you are able to react quickly in the event of faults. The MDE automatically sends messages in the event of discrepancies. In this way, you always have a direct overview of the processes.

Industries that use MDE technology

Die MDETechnology can be found in numerous industries. Especially when it comes to resources that are used in production.

For example, it supports processes such as recording the delivered goods, counting through inventory, repositioning goods or picking. The entirety of the data is collected and presented using MDE technology.

This area includes, for example:

  • concrete production
  • Food
  • plastics industry
  • Tool and mechanical engineering
  • packaging manufacturing
  • Print
  • stone processing
  • medical technology
  • automotive supplier
  • cable solutions
  • metal and casting industry

MDE the gbo datacomp

The GBOmes MDE module enables the perfect flow of information between systems and management. In contrast to other system houses, this not only offers data, but also creates high quality in terms of optimized business processes through customization.

It is also possible to supplement images and videos with machine data collection. Alerts and faults can be sent directly to the person responsible, even to the home office.

The combination of simultaneous effectiveness and cost reduction with a competent team of developers makes the GBOME MDE module a time-saving, customizable and generating program for your company.

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The Manufacturing Execution System, MES for short, describes a level actively involved in the process in the area of the manufacturing management system. The term production control system is also often used as an alternative word.

The connection to systems that have an effect on process automation makes it possible to control production in real time.

A lot of data from the collection comes together here. Processing from machine data collection (MDE), production data collection (BDE) and also processes that have an effect on the production process.

Due to the continuous expansion of functions and the modular structure of the MES, the solution can grow with your needs.

By constantly adapting to new standards, additional locations can be connected at any time. The modern interface between machines and systems enables improved process quality and significantly higher productivity.

Our quick and unbureaucratic support offers you a customer-specific solution so that you get an all-round view of production, maintenance, quality and management

Benefits of MDE and MSE

Die MDETechnology completely optimizes your business processes. The evaluation of machine data not only has an effect on quality assurance and performance improvement, but also on the competitiveness of your company.

They are able to optimize machine running times, view analyses of manufacturing processes, quickly eliminate faults and provide data for a further optimization process.

Other advantages include shortening routes and communication routes, high data quality and availability of data in real time. In this way, it is possible to react quickly, especially in the event of faults. Longer downtimes are now a thing of the past.

The advantages of MSE can be seen primarily in its effectiveness and transparency with regard to production. The significantly higher productivity automatically leads to increasing competitiveness.

There is an improvement in process quality and operational and personnel costs are significantly reduced. In addition, there are reduced processing times and short set-up times.

In conjunction with MDE, an optimized process is created for the perfect flow of information. The key figure generator ultimately also provides information about your production key figures (KPI). This gives you a powerful combination of data collection and subsequent evaluation.

Connection to ERP

Enterprise resource planning, ERP for short, summarizes organizational task management in terms of resources, use of materials, capital and operating resources as well as information and communication technology.

The most elementary function in ERP for manufacturing companies is the planning of material requirements. To this end, it must be ensured that all necessary components are available. These can be recorded via the MDEtechnology is done.

With more than 50 years of experience in manufacturing management, we ensure that you receive the support you need quickly and unbureaucratically.

Of course, this also applies to the connection. Professional project management, services and individual software customization are part of the service offered by gbo datacomp.

However, after a successful implementation, you are not alone. If you have any questions or requests, you can contact the competent and experienced employees of gbo datacomp at any time. Remote maintenance is also offered to avoid a longer-term interruption.

VDI guideline and VDI 5600

VDI guidelines belong to the field of engineering sciences and the state of the art. The guidelines are updated regularly. In one year alone, over 200 new VDI guidelines are added.

In particular, the preparation of technical regulations is an essential part of these guidelines.

The criteria that Directive 5600 must take into account include in particular reliable running performance, smooth functionality, compatibility with other systems and a cost overview.

gBOMES from gbo datacomp enables demand-oriented growth and seamless consistency of data. Thanks to the integrated dashboard with web evaluation generator, it is possible to react to a production change without delay. Even from the home office, thanks to Smart Factory and Industry 4.0.

The MES from gbo datacomp integrates seamlessly into existing IT landscapes and is the link between manufacturing (including MDE) and management (e.g. ERP).

The benefits that result from this are in particular:

  • Efficiency and transparency in manufacturing
  • increased productivity and product quality for optimized business processes

MDE related services

Explained in summary, is the MDETechnology is not only an important milestone in terms of digitization, but also an optimizing aid in everyday business life.

With the help of MES and ERP, the data can be summarized and visualized in an overall process. Preliminary and post-calculation in particular ensures a more efficient use of resources. The faults are also displayed in real time, which allows you to react quickly.

In this way, long downtimes are reduced and your productivity is sustainably increased. During the manufacturing process, the existing data is compared and you can carry out a quick and real pre- and post-calculation.

With regard to this process, competitiveness increases and thanks to a comprehensive range of performance, service and expertise, you are one step closer to success.

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