Machinery and technology provider ThyssenKrupp has launched a digital platform that connects machines to each other in order to improve production processes, including for recycling.
‘Thanks to Toii, all machines can communicate with each other,’ says the company. ‘Due to predictive maintenance, the platform is also supposed to forecast the necessity of machine services in the future.’
The name Toii is a double play on words: it spells IIoT backwards, the abbreviation for Industrial Internet of Things; and it is pronounced like the word ‘toy’ – ‘an indication of how the new platform makes linking heterogeneous machines to existing IT structures child’s play’.
‘Toii will be a milestone for our recycling machinery,’ the company’s Michael Ridder insists to Recycling International. ‘Within ThyssenKrupp, Toii also connects the machinery of our ThyssenKrupp MillServices & Systems company which is responsible for the slag management of our steel mills.’
More than ever, it is essential to find intelligent uses for slag products for which there is a strong market demand, Ridder believes. ‘Instead of dumping slag in landfill sites, we process it and produce high-quality products.’ These are used in, for example, road construction, landscaping, hydraulic engineering, as fertiliser for the agricultural sector, and in the cement industry.