IMA Schelling Group

aimi

Together with our customer, we have succeeded in linking the historically grown multitude of software components into an intelligent network.

Together with IMA Schelling Group, UXMA develops the group-wide software aimi. An extensive symbol and design language was established, verified in UX tests and adapted to the various machine and system types.
  • 14

    colleagues from the UXMA team involved

  • 20+

    software packages brought together

  • 1

    uniform design language for 12 plant systems

Together with IMA Schelling Group, UXMA develops the group-wide software aimi. An extensive symbol and design language was established, verified in UX tests and adapted to the various machine and system types.
  • 14

    colleagues from the UXMA team involved

  • 20+

    software packages brought together

  • 1

    uniform design language for 12 plant systems

Collage unterschiedlicher Interface Screens auf der linken Seite und eines analogen Bedienelements auf der rechten Seite.

Uniform operating philosophy

Together with IMA Schelling Group, UXMA develops the group-wide software aimi. Software solutions for the control as well as for the digital communication of the machines gain enormously in importance for the market leader in the field of machines and production lines for the wood, metal and plastics industry and become increasingly complex. The desire for a uniform operating philosophy across all machines grew. UXMA took up the challenge in accordance with our motto “Making complexity controllable”.

Draufsicht auf ein freigestelltes Element der Maschine, herausgelöst aus dem Interface des Bedienelements.
Zusammenstellung diverser Icons des User Interfaces.
Ein freigestelltes Element der Maschine, herausgelöst aus dem Interface des Bedienelements.

Common code base and new UI concept

The first step of the interdisciplinary IMA Schelling / UXMA team was to obtain an overview of the company-wide software landscape and, based on this, to make infrastructural and architectural decisions for a uniform solution. The focus was on developing a common code base so that each individual machine structure could be identified, mapped correctly and controlled. In addition, we created a completely new UI concept for the machines: An overarching symbol and design language was established verified in UX tests and adapted to the different machine and system types.

Collage diverser Vektorzeichnungen, herausgelöst aus dem User Interface.

Comprehensive software landscape

The new software landscape is divided into three areas - aimi.THINK.DO.TALK:

  • Hidden behind aimi.THINK is the production planning, optimization and data preparation of all production-relevant information. UXMA has thought through the planning for the complete production control system, developed a uniform design language and implemented it as a back-office and desktop solution.

  • The generation of machine and workpiece views is an important part of the project. The UXMA team developed a uniform design language from preparation to production and merged the software components with the design language so that each customer can see and understand the individual machine. We have also implemented status colouring on the actual component and live workpiece tracking, which allows errors on the complex machines to be precisely localized and rectified.

  • aimi.TALK is responsible for communication between the software components and the customer. The machines can be integrated into a customer-specific production environment and error messages are evaluated. Here, UXMA is on hand to advise the customer.

Die Software wird auf zwei Desktop Screens präsentiert.

Making Complexity Manageable

The greatest challenge in the joint project was the complexity of the IMA Schelling Group’s software landscape. Together with our customer, we managed to link the historically grown multitude of software components into an intelligent network that enables uniform navigation and visualization across all machines. In addition, the maintenance of the complex machines is raised to a completely new level with the help of visual troubleshooting.

Eine vor dem Bedienelement stehende Person bei der Nutzung der Software. Die rechte Hand liegt am Rand des Bildschirms auf, das Interface wird mit dem Daumen bedient.

Enormous added value results from the joint strategic development of all software and UI components.

Barbara Freiberger Senior UX Architect & Designer and UXMA project manager for this project

  • 14

    colleagues from the UXMA team involved

  • 20+

    software packages brought together

  • 1

    uniform design language for 12 plant systems

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