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Stadler develops Service Data Cloud platform

The Service Data Cloud (SDC) provides a complete overview of the sorting plant’s operation with data captured from the facility’s equipment, unlocking opportunities to optimise its efficiency and maximize uptime, says company.


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May 13 2021
 
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STADLER announced it has developed in-house the SDC cloud-based platform, which captures operating and sensor data from the equipment at the customer’s sorting plant. The information is securely stored in the cloud and accessible from anywhere on- or off-site through a web portal. The SDC leverages automation and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to optimise and increase the efficiency of processes in Stadler sorting plants and provide better, faster support to its customers.

“The SDC puts the customer and our Service Department in direct communication with the individual machines in the sorting plant. It provides valuable insights into the operation and enables us to work more effectively with our customer to resolve any issues as they arise, and to ensure that the plant continues to meet their evolving requirements effectively. The SDC is a tool with great potential, and we will continue to work with our customers to extend its capabilities with new functionalities,” said Amela Sijaric, Co-Head of the SDC Team, at Stadler.

SDC is said to be equally effective in all types of sorting plants and can be implemented at existing plants, where it may just need updating some hardware. In these facilities, it can highlight areas where the process can be improved and can be used to implement updates to the existing equipment.

The SDC provides an overview of the operation of the sorting plant, with visibility on the individual machines. The data captured by the system helps enhance the sorting process, identify any bottlenecks or issues, and act to resolve them swiftly. Analysis of the historical data can help to optimise machine performance and reveal opportunities for improvements in the plant’s efficiency, as per the statement.

“The system flags where the error is in the sorting plant’s flowchart, with a clear indication of the name of the device experiencing a fault,” said Sijaric. “The customer can see at a glance where to go to sort out the problem. If they need help with the issue, our technical experts can immediately access the machine data. They can understand the issue and provide a solution swiftly. This is particularly beneficial when the plant is a long way from StadlerR Service Teams. By accessing the data, they can send the technician best suited to deal with the specific issue and take the parts they may need to resolve the issue.”

The first pilot project started in late 2018 at a paper sorting plant in Ingolstadt, followed by other plants in Germany, France, Switzerland and Denmark. They include the AFM Entsorgungsbetrieb waste management facility in Feldkirchen, which has been using the SDC for the past six months.  Anastasios Melidis, Chief Executive Officer of AFM said, “It enables us to analyse our plant’s operating efficiency and recognize a loss of performance, as well as fast detection of errors or damage. It is also useful for our business, as it provides statistics that help us plan our operations.”  

Mr. Christian Ascherl-Landauer, CEO of MAD Recycling GmbH, which has been piloting the SCD at its paper and cardboard recycling plant in Ingolstadt, Germany, said, “The operation of the application is practical and clear.” The development is ongoing, with new projects starting in Europe and in the USA. 

 

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