Whitepaper Series "Industry 4.0:" Step 8
Functional Networking as the Basis of the Self-Regulating Factory

A fully automated material flow – the next step on the way to Industry 4.0.
What additional benefits can be achieved and what do these developments mean for manufacturing companies?

At a Glance

With MES to Industry 4.0

Once the continuous flow of information is in place, the next step is to build a continuous flow of materials that complements the flow of information. Why?

The physical and information technology networking, the best possible interlinking of all processes and maximum transparency are the key to an efficiently functioning value chain and thus also to economical production. In a self-regulating factory, people, machines and processes can no longer be considered in isolation from one another – on the contrary: All information and flow of goods must be viewed holistically, intelligently planned and controlled.

We will come a lot closer to this step if we set up a continuous flow of materials and seamlessly link it with the continuous flow of information.

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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