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Machine builder Fill becomes first to upgrade to TTTech’s Nerve Blue IIoT edge network

Machine and plant manufacturing company Fill is the first to upgrade to the latest version of TTTech Industrial’s Nerve Blue internet of things network, released in April 2020.

Nerve Blue software enables users to gain insights into industrial processes and make decisions based on data gathered from machines around the world.

With Nerve Blue, data is accessed directly from the machine, and then stored, processed and analyzed either at the device, on a local server or in the cloud.

Fill, headquartered in Austria, developed its Cybernetics smart factory solution in order to increase the profitability and quality of its machine tooling products.

Nerve Blue is used to transfer data from machines installed at customer sites to the Cybernetics platform.

TTTech Industrial Nerve Blue platform interface

It allows Fill to use global datasets to check, for example, the wear that particular machine parts are subject to across the entire machinery fleet.

Customers are informed, among other things, about critical machine states, so that they can plan maintenance, estimate outputs and consequently reduce cost.

Stefan Murauer, team leader software at Fill, says: “When we began developing Cybernetics, we searched for a supplier who could provide a complete solution for the central management of our machine and analytics software.

“We wanted an open platform without proprietary interfaces. Nerve Blue fit the bill. It offers us high-performance data access in real-time to reliably connect machines worldwide and lets us host our own software applications.

“Working with our existing hardware and system environment enabled us to reduce cost and focus on our core competences.”

Complete solution for secure machine data management and connectivity

Wolfgang Leindecker, member of the executive board at TTTech Industrial, says: “We are delighted that Fill has chosen Nerve Blue as its machine software solution.

“Fill sees the potential with Nerve Blue to reduce system cost, improve machine performance and offer innovative new services.

“Using Nerve Blue, our customers benefit from an open platform that meets the requirements of today’s industrial IoT environment, where performance, cost and connectivity are the key factors for success.”

Nerve Blue is an open software platform that now runs any standard industrial PCs with an Intel Atom processor or upwards. This allows customers to leverage existing hardware installations, saving time and cost.

The latest release of Nerve Blue adds functionality that allows developers to prepare and check applications and updates before being made available for roll-out to service technicians, which helps to prevent errors in machine upgrades.

The remote access feature allows software and applications installed on machines to be checked and updated via the web-based management system from anywhere in the world.

This enables fast, flexible support even for locations that are far away or difficult to access and helps to reduce maintenance costs, says TTTech.

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