While stationary robots are well-established and important parts of many factories and production plants, mobile platforms and manipulators will become an integral part of your factory of the future. At the Industrial Automation Forum at Hannover Messe, Bruno Adam, our Mobile Business Director Europe, answers how the manufacturing process is evolving and why factories, driven by
Discover how you can make your factory industry 4.0 proof at Hannover Messe
A futuristic, completely-connected industrial world is already taking shape, and data integration is a key enabler for you to minimize costs and ensure that final products will be better aligned with your customer preferences.
Collecting and storing production data also offers you many other rewards – from measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) to helping you to meet increasing legal requirements for reporting. So, what are the real challenges and benefits of data integration for you?
The list of reasons why you should integrate individual line and equipment control systems into high-level enterprise management software is growing.
And as the case becomes more compelling, the technological ‘wizardry’ to make it happen is not only solid fact (rather than science fiction) – it is faster, simpler and more ‘intelligent’ than ever.
The trend for you to monitor operational efficiency in order to optimise profit has been rumbling onwards ever more loudly.
Companies that measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) can easily identify bottlenecks and weaknesses in the production process. Collecting and reliably storing sufficient data from the entire operation is key.
We can support you in gathering data in an easy to design and utilise way that enables you to predict issues within key machine components before they become critical.
How can the connected smart factory improve your business?
There has been much written in the press about ‘Industry 4.0’, a futuristic, completely-connected industrial world, where all components are not only ‘aware’ of each other but can communicate in real time. Well, that future is already a reality and this connected world has several benefits for you.
1. Ethernet-based networks such as EtherCAT allow every part of an automation system, from sensors to robots, to exchange information at speeds that were undreamt of in the past. Your controller has instant access to every detail of production information to detect potential future issues before they become real.
2. Once this controller is also connected to the enterprise-level – Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) or Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), for example – you will start to see the ‘Industry 4.0’ vision being realised: turning factory floor data into high-value information.
3. Ultimately, this means integrating your own customers and business partners into the production process, not just locally but globally to help you enable a connected, smart and collaborative factory.
But how do you make sure key data is integrated in your analysis?
Ricoh, for example, installed our Sysmac controller that can connect directly to their SQL database allowing a simple and efficient data logging.
Furthermore, thanks to the OPC UA server on our controller, early warning signs in production lines or machines can be quickly detected and acted upon preventing costly stops or flaws.
‘Data and analytics are changing the basis of competition. Leading companies are using their capabilities not only to improve their core operations, but to launch entirely new business models.’ McKinsey & Company
We are an expert in getting the right data from key areas within your machine or line as an important first step in your predictive maintenance.
You have the opportunity to meet our experts, Robert Brooks and Lucian Dold, at Hannover Messe to discover how we can help you to select the right software that is simple, clear and practical for your use, so you can make your smart factory a reality.
Get your free ticket now and visit us at Hall 9, booth 24.
We look forward to meeting you there!