Raw material and product recipe management

Automation technology defines a recipe as "a collection of values of parameters that are functionally or procedurally related".

In production technology, recipe management is the key to efficient, agile production, to minimizing set-up times, to the reproducibility of production processes and to the traceability and documentation of production.

And although the term "recipe" conjures up images of food production, the concept goes much further: Parameters for the operation of machines, rotational speeds, speeds and much more can also be stored as a "recipe" and changed flexibly.

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The advantages of using a recipe management system:

Traceability

Which raw material was added and at what time? In what quantity? Where was the raw material obtained and which batch was processed?

Reproducibility

Which quantity of which raw material must be added in which order and at what speed?

Flexibility

Which machines can produce the recipe?

Overview

Which recipe is in which state? At OPDPROCARE, everyone can see the status of production at any time via a Kanban board.

Digital twin of the production plant

Each production asset is represented by a digital twin and can be controlled and measured

Recipe management: delivery of raw materials

When the raw material is delivered, it must first be checked whether the raw product meets the requirements. A sample must be taken and documented, and the batch is provided with a QR code for further tracking in the recipe flow.

In the plastics sector, for example, the residual moisture contained in the material is crucial. Does it need to be re-dried? Accordingly, the granulate is first sent to a drying plant.

Delivery of raw materials for recipe management

Recipe management: Order in ERP

The ERP system is informed that the delivery has arrived. The stocks are updated and the raw material is assigned to a specific warehouse - either a silo or a storage location in the high-bay warehouse.

Recipe management: Assets

The so-called "assets" are the elements in your recipe: operating resources (i.e. machines, mixers, conveyor systems, etc.) but also the raw materials used and the processes that contribute to the recipe.

Recipe management: Assets

Recipe management: Securing the process chain

OPDPROCARE stores precise processes for all steps of the prescription:

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Quality processes

The definition and recording of quality controls ensures that these are carried out regularly and verifiably. One example is a tensile load test every 15 material batches. This is then actively requested by the system.

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Special processes

For example, moisture limit values for raw materials can be stored in the system. If these are not adhered to, the material is sent to the drying process again before mixing.

Recipe management: integration and interfaces

OPDPROCARE enables the connection and integration of recipe management to third-party systems via APIs. This eliminates the need for interfaces to various systems that are time-consuming to maintain.

Thanks to this flexible integration option, it is not only possible to link processes to the recipe management system, but also to integrate the recipe management system into higher-level company processes.

The API provides the necessary information via a JSON structure, independent of language and architecture, so that any application that can handle JSON can be integrated into recipe management.

In particular

  • Recipe data can be imported from external sources
  • actual system measured values can be read in to save them as the basis for a new recipe
  • updated data for target/actual comparisons can be read from the system
View of production for recipe management
View of recipes for recipe management

Recipe management: views for employees, ensuring the flow of information

A key advantage of prescription management in OPDPROCARE is the different views for individual employees:

  • The active recipe can be recognized at a glance at any time.
  • The order status is immediately recognizable.
  • The quality parameters are visualized and can be viewed and corrected by any employee without interpretation.
  • Each employee can pass on information to the next shift via photo documentation on their cell phone, for example if maintenance or repairs are required on an appliance. This ensures the flow of information.
  • Graphically visualized target/actual comparisons are available in the appendix.
Cell phone view for recipe management
Mobile view of raw material for recipe management

Recipe management: Defined security

Recipe management enables secure and traceable documentation of the processes to be carried out and those that have expired.

The simple and interpretation-free user interface ensures safe handling even by low-skilled personnel. Errors can thus be minimized or avoided altogether. This is implemented in particular through plausibility checks of the system: The software recognizes errors and warns the operator of them.

Recipe management: based on ZVEI RAMI 4.0

The Reference Architecture Model Industry 4.0 (RAMI 4.0) is the decisive approach for modeling industrial processes including all elements and peripheral areas in a three-dimensional layer model.

This framework helps to systematically classify and further develop Industry 4.0 technology.

RAMI 4.0 is the basis and the framework on which OPDPROCARE's recipe management is built. This makes it possible to break down the complex interrelationships that make up your processes and recipes into smaller, manageable packages.

FAQ on the topic of recipe management

What is Opdenhoff prescription management?

Opdenhoff Recipe Management is a software that allows users to manage and organize their recipes. You can add new recipes, edit existing recipes and search recipes according to various criteria.

Are my prescriptions safe and private?

Yes, your prescriptions are private and secure. Opdenhoff stores your data on secure servers and uses special encryption to protect your prescriptions.

Can I export or share my recipes?

Yes, you can export your recipes as a PDF file or share them by email. You can also copy the link to a specific recipe and send it to friends or family.

How can recipe management help with the implementation of special processes?

Recipe management can help to implement special processes in a recipe by defining the conditions for executing these processes. If these conditions are not met, the system can automatically send a notification or block the process.

Can I use Opdenhoff recipe management on my smartphone or tablet?

Yes, the Opdenhoff recipe management is optimized for mobile devices and can be used on smartphones and tablets. You can also download a mobile app to access your recipes even more conveniently.

Can I organize my recipes into categories or tags?

Yes, you can organize your recipes with categories and tags. The filter function is also useful for searching recipe criteria.

How can recipe management help to secure the process chain?

Recipe management can help to safeguard the process chain by storing precise processes for all steps of the recipe. To ensure that all processes are carried out regularly and verifiably, quality processes can be precisely defined and logged. Special processes can also be stored in recipe management to fulfill certain conditions before a recipe is executed.

How does the OPDPRO.CARE API work?

The OPDPRO.CARE API provides the necessary information via a JSON structure, independent of language and architecture, so that any application that can handle JSON can be integrated into the recipe management system. In particular, recipe data from external sources and actual measured system values can be read in in order to save them as the basis for a new recipe. Updating the data for target/actual comparisons can also be read from the system.

How can OPDPRO.CARE be integrated into other systems?

OPDPRO.CARE enables the connection and integration of recipe management to third-party systems via APIs. This eliminates the need for interfaces to various systems that are time-consuming to maintain. This flexible integration option allows not only the connection of processes to the recipe management system, but also the integration of the recipe management system into higher-level company processes.

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