Siemens experts and local service engineers can use augmented reality to work hand-in-hand on gas turbine maintenance even when they’re ten thousand kilometers apart. Virtual technology can make maintenance even more efficient and effective, and improve uptime.
The 1,500-ton press at Meleghy Automotive wasn’t so young anymore: The “old girl”, as the machine is affectionately referred to by the automotive supplier’s workers in Bernsbach, was built in 1968. The aging machine’s days appeared to be numbered, as last year saw teeth break off of the pinion shaft and cracks were also found in the crown and press uprights. Despite these signs of wear, Meleghy Automotive wasn’t so eager to put its trusty system out to pasture – and instead opted for a complete modernization.
For production systems in the age of Industrie 4.0, it is important to have information available in real time. This is now a reality in the manufacture of carbon fiber-reinforced (CFR) components at the company’s plant in Garching, Germany. To achieve this, Voith relied on the expertise of KUKA: the Augsburg-based automation specialists helped with the horizontal networking of the system via OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) as well as dedicated machine maintenance.
A new line of machine taps specifically for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector is now available. Offering a good quality cost-effective option, the new taps will be of particular interest to customers who work with motors, pumps, engines and valves within various industry segments, including automotive, aerospace, oil and gas.
We can’t see into a press, if we could it would avoid so many unplanned downtimes, if, for example, a faulty part could be identified sooner. However, the Machine Monitoring System (MMS) of the future, which Schuler presented a model of at the EuroBLECH trade fair, provides completely new insights into presses: With the aid of comprehensive system monitoring, availability can be increased, production and parts quality can be improved, and energy consumption can be lowered. The MMS is part of the Smart Press Shop, a collection of Schuler solutions for networking in the field of forming technology.