Smart factories are fast growing in numbers as businesses are beginning to see the true potential of IoT. But IoT is somewhat of a future-oriented model, especially if you have been running a factory traditionally for a long time. It can be hard to acquire the technologies and products that are important for a Smart Factory. Swiss-company CyberTech Engineering offers the ultimate IoT platform, HumanOS®, which supports you on the way to modern technologies and future-oriented business models such as Smart Manufacturing, Predictive Maintenance and other applications in the context of Industry 4.0.

But how does HumanOS® help? The IoT platform created at CyberTech’s facility at Bernese Oberland at Strättlighügel 10, Gwatt helps you evaluate the profitability and cost of machines to create more accurate offers for your customers. Since its establishment in 2016, the company has achieved outstanding results that comprise an elite team that counts Matthias Hadorn, Lukas Ruchti, Andreas Fuchs, Mirco Neuenschwander, and Roger Pieren as its valuable members. We interviewed Benjamin Hadorn (Founder and CTO) and Pascal Soltermann (CEO and CSO) to know more about how they have managed to achieve so much in such a short period of time. Here are the excerpts from the interview.

Read the whole interview here: Interview

Digitalization, big data, artificial intelligence, and other technologies are paving the way for a smart work environment with marked automation—and life feels so good. But wait!

Are we missing a crucial point? Technology glitz has blinded business decision-makers, and they are heading toward a dangerous pitfall where humans will no longer be calling the shots. Team CyberTech Engineering calls out the blind race for increased digitalization that doesn’t have human beings at its core. “We have arrived to give the decision-making powers back to humans. The strategy is to build systems that learn from humans and provide the right data back to them to make informed decisions in business and industrial environments,” says Pascal Soltermann, CEO of CyberTech.

The company began chasing its mission by eying on the first milestone: to build a solution that connects legacy machines with today’s digitally-driven machines and other existing system components in a typical industry 4.0 environment. The second milestone was to build a stronger connection between shopfloor and information and communication technologies (ICTs). With a team that has a thorough understanding of languages used in shop floor and ICT, CyberTech knew it was a matter of time before it developed innovative solutions to that end.

CyberTech’s vision took form through HumanOS, a pioneering IoT solution that allows companies to build tools using which their teams can make crucial decisions while automating mundane tasks. The solution is reliable, flexible, and is easy to implement, making it simple for companies from across industries to develop quality solutions efficiently. HumanOS can be implemented in the existing environments as it connects devices/machines and business applications. “Built on the highest security standard, the solution (available in the on-premise or cloud formats) does not need permanent internet connection to operate,” says Benjamin Hadorn, CTO of CyberTech.

HumanOS has paved the way for useful applications that are solving real-world problems in the industry. For instance, SmartMES is an application that provides real-time access to data across multiple platforms, enabling manufacturers to operate 24/7 cost-efficiently. The solution can also be used for tracking each machine component, raising alarms, and carrying out predictive maintenance of the shopfloor. In another use case, a life cycle management tool measures machine life and collects relevant machine data within an RFID-ring, making the data readily available to workers at any time. Furthermore, HumanOS improves the quality management of a full production process by allowing users to monitor quality.

“Our next-generation framework of HumanOS allows us to be nimble and agile,” says Hadorn. The framework quickly adapts to client requirements with simple reconfigurations of connectors and services. CyberTech develops its solutions based on SCRUMModel that helps clients maximize their business value. Besides, the firm has tremendous experience in mechanical and information technology engineering that allows it to understand clients’ needs and implement the best solutions.

A case in point, Pavese AG, a client of CyberTech, adopted SmartMES to automate production and increase productivity. Working with the clients’ ERP system, HumanOS automated the production lines by writing down the orders to the EROWA-Control-System and allowed the client to run production 24/7. Another client FRAISA SA uses the HumanOS platform as the central data hub to connect machine controls with the RFID writer. This enabled the client to calculate tool costs and decide when to use or change the tool for the specific production orders.

As the latest use case, CyberTech has launched ctSchool that rolls out notebooks for teachers and students automatically. With the growing demand for automation, the company looks forward to investing more in the plug and produce technology domain to develop intelligent systems that integrate swiftly with the client’s technology ecosystem. CyberTech aims to simplify its existing operations to ensure clients can configure and implement HumanOS easier than before.

Presentation of Machine Learning 4.0 and its implications on industries.

CyberTech Engineering is providing a new Machine Learning Paradigm based on Conversation Theory of Gordon Pask. In this context, conversation is understood as an exchange of knowledge between two or more participants, e.g humans but also industrial machines. This means that machines are capable to learn new behaviors from the interaction with human operators; and vice versa, the human can learn from the machines about their technologies and manufacturing concepts. Humans and machine are in a constant exchange. This leads to a new human-machine collaboration, where humans, their cognitive and emotional capabilities are smoothly integrated with technical systems.

With the human operation system HumanOS, CyberTech Engineering provides a first conceptual prototype. This control system is made of several control levels, each one able to exchange associated knowledge with human beings. In contrast to classical systems, HumanOS can learn new behaviors and thus can dynamically adapt to new requirements and situations.

This is a revolution! Machines are not "stupid" artifacts anymore, they are "smart industrial machines" (SIMs), capable to converse and collaborate with human beings in a natural way and gaining their smartness through everyday interactions.

More about the current research projects: Uranos Research Site

Many thanks to Béat Hirsbrunner, Philpipe Lang and Nadine Lacroix Oggier which enabled us to present this topic at the Techmeeting in Fribourg.