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OPTIWARE and SICK in IIoT Collaboration for plug and play connection of manufacturing machinery

Press release   •   Apr 09, 2019 11:00 UTC

Visualization of real-time production data

OPTIWARE and SICK are presenting a solution for quick and easily connection of all equipment in established production facilities, making sensor data from the production equipment available for OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and Maintenance applications in the cloud.

The solution is based on SICK´s TDC (Telematic Data Collector) gateway and OPTIWARE´s AXXOS OEE system.The TDC gateway system is an open IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) platform that links sensors and machines together by transmitting data to the target platform via a wired, mobile or wireless connection. The TDC also has data processing capability.

AXXOS OEE is a state-of-the-art production monitoring system that combines follow-up, analysis and visualization. AXXOS OEE puts focus on efficiency and creates a solid foundation for the improvement process.

To get the full benefit of the ongoing IIoT development it is important to be able to connect all essential equipment. The fact that a large share of the machines in the manufacturing industry are older than 10 years and not prepared for connection makes this work costly and time consuming. The need to connect equipment from a large number of different suppliers is another challenge for many companies in the digitalization process.

“With the help of SICK and their TDC technology, we can offer our customers a packaged IIoT solution where we can connect and receive signals from all important machines with a very short implementation time. Our customers can directly start to measure OEE and get a quick ROI. Another big advantage is that we can do this without having to interfere with the customers' established networks and with minimal disturbance of operations”, says Johan Andersson, Product Owner OEE at OPTIWARE.

The TDC provides data processing capability, making it easy to analyze and filter data locally at each measuring point and thereby enable data reduction and improvement of data quality.

“OPTIWARE does what many players are talking about today under the term Industry 4.0. Connecting entire factories with all machines and they have done so for many years. They have an established customer base with more than 1,000 customers all over the world who continuously collect measurement data from a wide range of different types of production equipment. We see a great value in the experience that OPTIWARE has acquired and in the future customer contacts that our cooperation will lead to”, says Market Product Manager Henrik Bostrup at SICK.

In addition to OEE measurement or production monitoring, the solution creates great opportunities for working with predictive maintenance and other AI-applications.

About SICK

SICK is a leading manufacturer of intelligent sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications. With more than 9,000 employees and over 50 subsidiaries and equity investments as well as numerous agencies worldwide, SICK is always close to its customers. A unique range of products and services creates the perfect basis for controlling processes securely and efficiently, protecting individuals from accidents, and preventing damage to the environment.

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Johan Andersson

Product Owner OEE 

T: +46 36 332 06 02


Henrik Bostrup

Market Product Manager

T: +4540526403

OPTIWARE has a strong focus on productivity improvements and optimal utilization of production resources. Supplying the connection of production equipment and powerful tools for efficiency monitoring, together with the most flexible EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) solution on the market today, we enable the transition to Industry 4.0.

OPTIWARE has supplied the production monitoring solutions AXXOS OEE and the EAM solution API PRO for more than 25 years. Based on extensive experience and developed in close cooperation with our customers, AXXOS OEE and API PRO have a strong focus on Efficiency, Reliability and Productivity with the aim to help customers to get the most out of their investment in production equipment.

In combination, the two solutions enable predictive maintenance based on true production status, efficient error-report to work order processes, efficient solutions for operator maintenance – and much more.

OPTIWARE Industry 4.0 Solutions is our way of releasing your potential for development by means of IIoT capability, SaaS solutions, mobility, system integration and business intelligence tools.

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