In metaIworking production there are two drivers for automated workpiece handling: Cost reduction by increasing the utilization degree of machine tools and the shortage of skilled workers. At machining centers the automated loading and unloading of workpieces saves precious machining time and therefore increases OEE. Up to now the positionsRead more
In industrial production so far sensors and actuators have been integrated into applications via “hard wired” cables. Now however, with increasing automation degree and technological progress wireless communication enters the up to now conservative field of industrial productionRead more
In “classical” industrial automation (factory automation) standardized sensors control the manufacturing processes. The automation of laboratory tasks (lab automation) demands additional requirementsRead more
The Corona pandemic created a huge demand for Covid testing equipment. To ramp up such a production volume can only be realized by the usage of automated production with machinery equipment. Also most of the components for lab analysis are produced in an automated manner along with the performance of lab analysis processes.
For the production of devices for blood analysis or for diagnosis of tissue samples as well as for the assembly of other medical devices automated processes increase both efficiency and reliability.Read more
Lab equipment assists diagnostic activities. It often consists of high tech systems which use a variety of components. Manufacturers of equipment often qualify standard sensors (“catalogue goods”) or modifications of standard sensors as component purchasing within a defined supplier management.Read more
In order to increase the utilization and overall system effectiveness of machine tools, the production engineers plan automation solutions for the automatic loading and unloading of workpieces in the CNC machining center or the CNC lathe. Machine tool builders offer appropriate automation equipment as an option when purchasing new machines.Read more
Experts more and more promote “cloud solutions” in industrial production. So it may be a good moment to look into the pros and cons of classical “on premise solutions”. We look into the example of tool identification systems.Read more
In Metalworking a significant part of the products are realized by forming and stamping processes, especially for series applications. The monitoring technology for press control has achieved a remarkable progress within the last years.
Optimized cycle rates lead to increased productivity and output. At the same time, there is a rising risk of asset damage, especially if unexpected errors occur. Automated protection of the tools and dies helps to increase OEE. Sensors for process monitoring are key elements.Read more