The Internet of Things (IoT) is a relatively new phenomenon. Prof Dr Thomas Pospiech, a teacher of Production and Process Management at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, was interviewed recently about the ‘IoT box’ he’s developed to give his students a practical illustration of this fairly abstract concept. The professor was asked to develop a
At the Global Industry exhibition in 2018, more than seventy equipment manufacturers have come together to build a 1,000 m2 working demonstration of a connected factory. Omron’s contribution to the production line included a pair of our LD robots which transfer the personalized medals that will be made for each visitor between the different cells on the line.
Visitors were able to follow their own medals as they are produced and move through the line. French president Emmanuel Macron opened the line and received the first medal. One wonders what he will choose for his gold medal: best president or as a keen tennis player perhaps Wimbledon champion.
You can see an animation (in French) of the Connected Factory below:
The Connected Factory demonstration gives some insight into the challenges facing manufacturers. Personalization, such as the visitors medals, requires a highly flexible production line capable of delivering the holy grail of manufacturing: ‘Lot size 1’.
Our LD robots are a key enabler of the Connected factory as they enable a more flexible and agile operation, rather than the traditional linear production lines. This allows faster changeovers and support for different products and processes in a single production line.
In addition to the Connected factory demonstration, we also be demonstrated a complete hardware and software solution together with leading system integrator Capemini at stand 3H19. The complete solution, which combines hardware from Omron with Capgemini’s secure cloud and data mining services, selects only relevant data for analysis, allowing smart equipment monitoring with a goal of zero defects and improved operational efficiency.