Thermoforming efficiency: a matter of data.

11 November 2020

Having the data is not the same as being able to analyze and use them to improve procedures and production. Applying the Pareto Principle, we could say that 20% of the problems cause 80% of the losses. The market requires fast decisions and practical actions, but without real data there is no true improvement in the rationalization process.


Industry 4.0 has brought machine manufacturers and their customers to work together to create effective systems to analyze, manage and imrove operational efficiency.

The company WM has developed  the OPC UA protocol, a data exchange standard that connects Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI), servers, clients, and other machinery to increase interconnectivity and information flow.

Also a final analysis that enables the Customer to collect concrete data to define machine efficiency has been analysed by the company.

The WM team had to define the most significant machine data that were to be integrated with the production data and could be entered by the operators on-board the machine.

These data, which define Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), are Availability x Performance x Quality. The result is a very efficient system of data collection, management and processing in real time

To offer specific support to all customers and their needs, WM has teamed up with a technological partner highly skilled at data integration, the Italian company PiùSviluppo, which will assist the customer in the process of data integration in the company CRM.

A turnkey integration in accordance with Industry 4.0, which in many European countries also enables the machine purchaser to access tax and business incentives.

To know more about this, please contact WM on


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