Whitepaper Series "Industry 4.0:" Step 7
Focus on Planning:
Save Time and Resources With Effective Planning.

The professional planning of production processes is the key to success of every production company and the basis for cost-optimized and on-schedule production. In our whitepaper, you will get to know all the benefits as well as tips on what is important during implementation.

At a Glance

Although software development is advancing rapidly, in many cases planning is still predominantly performed by humans, who are more or less well supported by current technologies. It is becoming apparent that artificial intelligence will support us even better in the future. But we don’t have to wait for tomorrow – even today it makes a lot of sense to support production planning with a planning system.

The advantages are numerous and obvious:

  • Plan comfortably and effectively: Meet delivery dates, minimize stocks, reduce throughput times, lower production costs and at the same time be able to react flexibly to changes in plans: All these requirements can be mastered with the MES module Detailed Scheduling.
  • Reduce time expenditure: The planning module takes the roughly planned production orders as well as the planned orders from the ERP system and can schedule them to the available resources in terms of capacity. The planner usually has a manual, semi-automatic or optimization-based automatic planning function at hand.
  • Minimize costs: With greater planning accuracy, the production planner can minimize buffer times or react early in the event of unexpected delays, for example due to material not being delivered on schedule. Furthermore, the formation of optimal set-up sequences reduces set-up times and the associated costs. 


Dr. Karl-Heinz Gerdes
Founder and former Managing Director of FASTEC GmbH

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Whitepaper – 8 Steps to Digital Production

The keyword Industry 4.0 has dominated the media for years. Forecasts follow in quick succession and opinions overlap. What matters? What is the first step? What makes sense? How do MES, Industry 4.0 and your production process fit together? Our whitepaper series provides you with precise answers to these essential questions.

Entry into
Industry 4.0
Keyword industry 4.0 – where we are and where we will go in the future
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Find the right
Head in one direction together– how to find your partner on the way to digital production
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MES implementation
MES implementation – ten points for successful introduction and use of an MES
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Create transparency: Our modules
Create transparency – the MES modules MDA, PDA and Monitoring show the facts
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key figures
Fact-based optimization – understand and effectively use key figures
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Continuous traceability – traceability and its numerous advantages
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Reliable order planning
Plan reliably – coordinate orders flexibly, quickly and reliably
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The self-regulating
The self-regulating factory – functional networking as a basic requirement
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FASTedge SFT15

The 15-inch touch terminal is required for each machine. It has a universal RFID reader and two digital inputs for machine connection as standard.

FASTedge Box

Both the terminals and the machines are connected to the EdgeBox via LAN or WiFi. The cloud connection is made via your network or mobile communications. At least one EdgeBox is required. The system can later be moved to your own server.


Personal users are required to report the collected data. The number of employees involved in data acquisition in your production does not matter.


Each line and machine in your production is licensed individually.

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