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
Increasing complexity of products often means increasing complexity of manufacturing processes, with a simultaneous increase in the degree of automation. This leads to a growing field of application for sensors, which, however, are not always perfectly suited for every application. This often means: customized sensor solutions are needed.
In this article you will learn what customer and application specific sensors are all about, who needs them and how to get them.
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
Usually, optical laser measurement systems or radar sensors are used for displacement and distance measurements over long distances of up to several hundred meters. However, these optical distance sensors do not work reliable in the long term under all environmental conditionsRead more
Quality problems in the production of stamped and bent metal parts require data for analysis and sensors that provide it. Condition monitoring captures many data points that allow analysis and thus faster detection of the root causes of defects.Read more
Manual, paper-based processes in intralogistics are inefficient, inaccurate and not scalable. RUCH NOVAPLAST, a manufacturer of product solutions made of particle foams, now uses RFID systems to track transport trolleys at every stage of production. This provides greater transparency in the manufacturing process.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
Digitalization accelerates numerous internal organizational processes and influences the development of new products and solutions. Growing complexity and shorter development times increase the pressure on organizations. In order to be able to compete with new companions on the market, speed is – besides speed – a major competitive factor. For this reason, Balluff has been implemented so-called „Strategic Incubation Programs” (SIPs) to develop new business ideas.Read more
Being aware of the advantages of Tool Identification the users in production long for this solution to be also available for their existing machines on the shop floor. But how to cope with the variety of machine tool types?Read more