The Electronics industry has changed, and is still changing…rapidly. We will be traveling throughout the U.S. this fall to bring this unfolding mechatronics story to you. During the “Lunch & Learn” presentation, visitors will learn how the electronics industry has changed, where it is going, and the tools that are available to enable users to become part of this new age of mechatronics, regardless of their current trade or skill.
As a universal answer to IoT, FANUC has developed the FIELD System (FANUC Intelligent Edge Link & Drive System). It is an open platform that enables the execution of various IoT applications within a factory focusing on interconnecting edge heavy devices such as machine tools, robots, PLCs and sensors. Through creating an interactive web of connected machinery and equipment, the FIELD System is able to exploit immense amounts of data and provides a solution to analyse it in a faster and more efficient manner.
Electromobility and Industry 4.0 – these industrial megatrends are featured prominently in the EMAG Group booth at the EMO in Hanover from September 18 to 23 this year. Throughout the show, EMAG machine manufacturers will demonstrate their role as “facilitators” of technological change. For example, they have complete solutions available for the efficient production of central components of electric drive systems. Exhibition visitors will see several high-performance machines in operation – including world-firsts in the areas of turning operation, laser welding/joining and gear cutting. At the same time, the EMAG Group is also accelerating the digitalization of its production technology to establish intelligent factories. Therefore, the EMO will have a dedicated area where customers can test essential Industry 4.0 solutions. A main focus is the consistent usability of the software, which will continue to simplify the control, monitoring and analysis of production.
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.
FANUC CORPORATION and MachiningCloud announced their partnership to provide integrated management of tool information at the shop floor. MachiningCloud is a product data provider for cutting tools, CNC machines and workholding. FANUC CORPORATION is the developer of iHMI, Intelligent Human Machine Interface. FANUC iHMI is a user interface for consistent support of shop floor operation by providing the necessary functions for each process —“PLANNING”, “MACHINING” and “IMPROVEMENT”.
As manufacturing industries like plastics and rubber move from mass production to customized small lots, the flexibility to efficiently change and adapt production becomes critical. This requires increased collaboration between people and robots, between islands of automation and even between production sites. Digitalization ties it all together, where actionable information drives better decisions, and helps manufacturers unlock the benefits of ABB’s concept of the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP), increasing productivity, flexibility and efficiency along the manufacturing value chain.