The laboratory of the future opens up previously unforeseeable new opportunities: higher throughput rates, precisely controlled automation processes, and more intelligent collection and analysis of information. Festo is the host of this year’s ELRIG Meeting, Robotics & Automation, on 28 February 2018.
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 Internet of Things (IoT) is not a fad. Research provider BI Intelligence predicts the number of IoT devices connected to the Internet will more than triple by 2020, from 10 billion to 34 billion. Networking computers, devices and machines to collect and share data is transforming many industries, including manufacturing where it can help lower operating costs, decrease machine downtime and increase overall productivity. To realize the full benefits, however, manufacturers must view the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) like Lean Manufacturing – a long term initiative that creates an avenue for continual improvement and innovation.
EuroBLECH 2016, the 24th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, has opened its doors at the Hanover Exhibition Centre in Germany. Until Saturday, the 29th October 2016, a total of 1,503 exhibitors from 41 countries will present the latest technologies along the entire sheet metal processing chain. For the first time since 2008, this year’s EuroBLECH has reached and even slightly surpassed its record floor size of some 88,000 square metres net.