With the intelligent SCHUNK EGL PROFINET parallel gripper, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology SCHUNK has been exploiting the potential for highly flexible applications for users in the diverse Industry 4.0 environment. The world’s first PROFINET-certified universal gripper with integrated electronics unites power, diversity and intelligence. Its high-performance PROFINET interface creates the optimum conditions for real-time process regulation and maximum performance.
Renishaw, the global engineering technologies firm, and associate company RLS exhibited their latest solutions and products at the 2017 SPS Drives and Controls trade show from 28—30 November 2017 in the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre, Germany. A range of live demos and static exhibits have shown an array of products including the RESOLUTE™ FS encoder, VIONiC™ digital encoder and the new 2nd generation AksIM™ off-axis rotary encoder. The live demonstrations included a collaborative robot arm, functionally safe DDR motor with a laser safety barrier and Renishaw’s Advanced Diagnostic Tool (ADT) for set-up and calibration.
Industry 4.0 holds great potential for increasing productivity through new forms of collaboration between customers and system suppliers – especially through connected, predictive maintenance services. For example, TRUMPF increased the capacity of its laser welding lines by helping to reduce downtime at Daimler, and optimized its internal operating processes at the same time.
The manufacturing industry is experiencing unprecedented change and the convergence of design and manufacturing is creating new opportunities to reduce costs and shorten product lifecycles. Traditional supply chains are being replaced by more flexible supply networks – but only for companies that can adapt to this change. Many still struggle just to keep up with what is happening on their own shop floors. Experts at Autodesk have been working on a thoroughly modern solution that uses the power of the cloud and the Internet of Things to address the new challenge presented by what they like to refer to as the “uberization” of manufacturing.
Visitors can get a grasp of Industry 4.0 at the current automation shows. In the Arena of Integration at the Motek in Stuttgart, for example, visitors experienced the Multi-Carrier-System for flexibility in intralogistics with batch sizes down to 1. Eberhard Klotz, Head of the Industry 4.0 campaign at Festo explains what contribution Industry 4.0 is already making to the booming automation technology sector today.
Many OEMs and SMEs, which are engaging with the machining of serial parts, are currently facing the following challenges: How can the wide variety of production variants, which are continuously increasing since a while ago, stay economically manageable in the long term? This is a question that ANGER MACHINING could answer with their innovative systems.
EuroBLECH 2018, the 25th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, will take place from 23 – 26 October 2018 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany. One year ahead of the world’s leading sheet metal working technology exhibition, which is once again occupying eight halls in Hanover, the stand reservation at the organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions has already begun. The last event in 2016 closed with very positive results: with 1,505 exhibitors from 41 countries exhibiting on a net exhibition space of 87,800 square metres and 60,636 visitors from 102 countries.