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Software retrofit for extinguishers

Moving production to a new location and connecting to a new ERP software – but still using the existing packaging facilities: This was the challenge that GLORIA GmbH, a leading supplier of fire extinguishing systems, was facing.

For moving the palletizing system, the original supplier de Man Industrie-Automation GmbH from Borgholzhausen was available as main contractor. Also the software solution for the connection between the host system and the palletizing robots was available. However, changes to this software were necessary and the producer was no longer on the market.

Therefore, de Man chose the Dortmund w3logistics AG as a partner. The specialists in software retrofit reconstructed the existing software solution and adapted it to the changed requirements. In doing so, not only a new host interface was created, but also changes in communication with the PLC controls of the packaging robots were implemented – basically because the facilities had to be reconstructed mirror-inverted at the new location.

The close cooperation between de Man and w3logistics, intensive tests, and an exact documentation paid off: For the actual move, w3logistics was only "present" via remote connection – the rebuilding of the facilities at the new location including the start of operations for the software was carried out by de Man.

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