"As we are currently in the middle of a digital restructuring of our processes, we were looking for a technologically open system that is not limited to energy data management. We already use so many programs anyway. It's easy to lose track of everything. In addition, there are usually license costs per user and data point.
With Eco²lot, we have created a central platform in the company, into which all the data relevant to us, starting with energy data management, the operating data of our plants and machines, and the data relevant to our production, flow together.
My employees can then access the data quite easily via a standardized web browser and without additional programs. After logging in, each user is shown a personalized dashboard on which all the data relevant to him is available."
"In this way, we have also been able to significantly improve our internal exchange of information across departmental boundaries. All special incidents concerning production or changes to the production process are no longer viewed and managed in isolation by each department. With the Eco²lot Logger, we have a modern collaboration tool at our disposal, in which we not only have the automated data available for analysis, but also everything else that comes together in terms of important information. Previously, this ancillary process data had to be researched, sometimes at great expense, from e-mail inboxes, shift schedules or company diaries. But without this data, it is extremely difficult or impossible to make a reliable statement. The knowledge alone that more energy was consumed on one day than on another day has no significance. Only if one has the additional information, what has been different on this one day than on the others, the deviation of the measured data can be classified accordingly.
Until you have meaningful data of your processes and can analyze them well, you have to be patient, wait and collect data."
"That's why sustainability is also an important issue. This capital good is one of the few that gets better and better and more valuable for our company as it ages. The prerequisite, of course, is that it be cared for accordingly. Here, above all, steadfastness and staying power are of crucial importance. On the other hand, there is the fact that software and interfaces are completely renewed every 2-3 years on average. There is therefore a risk that the technology or the manufacturer will no longer exist, and that investments made in the software or the collected data will be lost in the worst case.
Another plus point for Eco²lot: This is a completely open system. All collected data is stored in a standardized Microsoft SQL database. The database is the central heart of the platform. This technology has been around for many years, and will likely be around for many more. In addition, there are numerous options that ensure data exchange to other systems. Also, all calculations and functions are handled entirely within the database with freely accessible procedures. This makes us independent and, above all, enormously flexible. We have database programmers in-house. This allows us to integrate extensions according to our ideas and schedules without external support."
With Eco²lot, you reduce costs for energy and resources and have a basis for further applications from the field of Industry 4.0. At the same time, you act ecologically sustainable and lay the foundation for applications from the field of digitalization by using a future-proof platform.