Factory Automation

PC-based control and EtherCAT boost machine throughput 55%

May 17, 2022

A fully integrated EtherCAT control platform has resulted in an efficient and precise machine for manufacturing transformer cores. A switch from a legacy PLC to a fully integrated Beckhoff control platform helped increase production rates by more than half, while also improving the level of precision in manufacturing.

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HARTING, B&R and SICK presenting use case for digitalisation in robotics

January 31, 2022

Three strong pillars will enable robot companies to seamlessly network robots from sensors to the cloud in the future, and integrate them into new production processes.

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Barilla implements digital connectivity at sauce plant

January 21, 2022

Digital connectivity at a Barilla factory provided key solutions including elimination of times of inactivity, real-time analyses of huge amounts of data, more effective way of working thanks to remote control and teleservice, repaid investment and maximum cybersecurity and data protection standards.

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AI algorithms simplify complex robot applications

January 20, 2022

AI-based software facilitates man-machine collaboration using the MI.RA / Dexter software and Racer-5 COBOT to automate and simplify quality control for the infotainment system in the all-electric New Fiat 500. This is usually a lengthy, repetitive and manually executed processes with high costs and error rate.

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Cloud-based CNC monitoring for aerospace parts

November 18, 2021

A CNC monitoring system at Tech Manufacturing collects, analyzes, and enables visualization of necessary performance metrics.

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AriZona’s new plant connects SCADA/MES with ERP

November 18, 2021

The AriZona Beverages plant will produce more than 60 million cases per year. The connection to ERP is just one of the SCADA system’s many benefits, which also include greater access to data, better mobility, improved efficiency, and lower costs.

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Smart Monitoring Tracks Pump Operation and Analytics

November 18, 2021

A new monitoring system from LEWA makes operators more effective and pumps smart-factory-ready.

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Toyota upgrades to CC-Link IE at engine manufacturing plant

September 20, 2021

Toyota’s engine and power transmission manufacturing plant in Wałbrzych, Poland, looked to increase the availability of its production lines and improve the transparency of data. It faced the challenge of network performance, and also of integrating multiple devices from a range of different vendors.

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Open and highly adaptable automation machine concept

September 20, 2021

As the pioneer in 3D laser processing technology, Trumpf offers complete machines and systems with optimally coordinated components in addition to beam sources and beam components. New solutions relied on Industrial PC technology and EtherCAT components to drive new levels of performance.

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Digital retrofitting in pharmaceutical manufacturing

September 20, 2021

The pace of change in the pharmaceutical industry is faster, fiercer and often more urgent than ever before. When deployment of new physical equipment is out of the question, digital tools can be considered to retrofit production lines and equip them with greater flexibility, dexterity and, in turn, possibility.

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