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Dream Site 2 enables unparalleled productivity in mass customisation

In 2017, CNC machine tool manufacturer Okuma opened its latest smart factory Dream Site 2 (DS2) at its Japanese headquarters in Oguchi. The facility serves as a parts factory for the company’s small and medium-sized lathes and grinders. To take productivity and efficiency to the next level, the CNC manufacturer has integrated 61 machine tools from its extensive portfolio in an Internet of Things (IoT) enhanced production environment. A new production planning system, advanced methods of visualisation, real-time data processing and automation via state-of-the-art robotics enable super high-mix, low volume production with productivity on par with that of mass production.

Moog at 2018 SPS IPC Drives Trade Show

Moog, a designer and manufacturer of high performance motion control products, solutions, and services – was exhibiting its enlarged portfolio of smart motion control solutions for use across industrial applications at the 2018 SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg Germany. At this year’s SPS IPC Drives, Moog launched also its new MSC III controller, a multi-purpose industrial motion controller for hydraulic, electric and motion control systems, and analog or digital interfaced motion control applications.

Innovative solutions for the interaction between IIoT and automation

At this year's SPS IPC Drives trade fair in Nuremberg (November 27-29, 2018), the HARTING Technology Group will be showcasing numerous innovative connectivity products and solutions for smart and digital automation.

Permanent machine optimisation through digitisation

The MICA.network, the user organisation for all things relating to HARTING’s MICA Edge Computing System, has come up with a number of ideas to show visitors at SPS IPC Drives (November 27-29, 2018) the benefits of digitising machines and systems. At the HARTING stand (Hall 10 / Booth 140), network partners akquinet, Assystem, Infotecs, PCO and PerFact Innovation will use demonstrators such as MICA digital twins, condition monitoring, OEE calculation, preventative maintenance, and secure external access to machinery to drive home the point of how these can lead to long-term significant machine optimisation.

HARTING solutions for weight reduction and fast data transfer

At this year's InnoTrans (September 18-21, 2018 in Berlin, Hall 12 / Stand 203), the world's leading trade fair for the rail industry, HARTING will once again be showcasing numerous innovative solutions and products. At the same time, the technology group will focus on the three trend topics of Weight Reduction, Easy Handling and Data Increase.

Flexible HS2 axis system from HIWIN

Electromechanical drive technology specialist HIWIN is expanding its range of flexible HS2 axis systems, designed for complex travel paths in two dimensions.

LASYS kicks off with practical relevance under excellent conditions

The 6th LASYS International Trade Fair for Laser Material Processing, with its clear focus on user orientation, started in Stuttgart today under the best starting conditions. In Hall 4, about 200 exhibitors from over 20 countries are showcasing intelligent system solutions, practical production processes, application fields and industrial trends and innovations for production of the future, including world and European premières. The event continues until 7 June. Experts regard the market situation as positive, promoting high customer proximity.

KUKA increases revenues to record level and invests in further growth

KUKA Group completed the 2017 financial year successfully and was able to surpass the previous year’s results by a considerable margin in some cases. “We continued to profit from the digitization trend over the past year. The demand for intelligent automation solutions remains strong,” states Dr. Till Reuter, CEO of KUKA AG. “At the same time, we have had to set the right course for a successful future. To a significant extent, our success is founded on our investments – in key technologies and innovative products for Industrie 4.0, in partnerships, in new business segments such as consumer robotics, and in the growth market of China,” he stressed.

KUKA invests in the factory of the future

KUKA acquires Visual Components and defines the next level in intelligent automation

FocalSpec’s UULA answers the demand for automated quality control in fast-growing medical device markets

FocalSpec, the Finnish expert in high-precision quality control devices, will launch their first 3D imaging and metrology system UULA at MEDICA Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. UULA can be used both in at-line quality control and in laboratories. It works especially well in measuring 3D topography and dimensions in medical device manufacturing as well as studying seal integrity of medical packages.

Robopac’s TechLab laboratory: continuous innovation of product and process

A preview of the virtual system that enables to discover the potential of the industry's most advanced research laboratory was presented at Pack Expo. An experience that will be repeated in the new Georgia headquarters.

No false moves

Encoders from SICK monitor and secure motion sequences and ensure precise and efficient processes. They will detect the exact speed, revolution, path, or angle of a movement and deliver the result to the process control or the Cloud in data that can be used for further calculations.

Complete control over the entire production process

Clearly-displayed information enables production managers to make informed decisions and resolve issues quickly. By connecting sensors, machines and users and by combining vast amounts of production and quality data within seconds, the EPROMI (Enterprise PROduction Management Intelligence) solution offers complete information with the degree of transparency required. Inspection results and the relevant process parameters are displayed in customer-specific cockpits and support operational and strategic decision-making processes.

Care-O-bot® 4 celebrates its première as shopping assistant

In January 2015, Fraunhofer IPA presented a prototype of the “Care-O-bot® 4” service robot. The charming helper is now proving its worth in the real world. “Paul” the robot has been greeting customer in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt since the end of October 2016 and directing them towards their desired products.

Outstanding, quiet-running and indestructible

The toothed belt axes in the HM-B series from HIWIN which have now won the iF DESIGN AWARD are extremely stylish, powerful and adaptable.

Intelligent bending techniques: 47 bends, 140 seconds

The production of lines for braking systems, air conditioning units and similar devices with a length of 1500 mm and tiny diameters of as little as 18 mm represents a real challenge when it comes to bending technology, specifically with regard to handling. After all, to be economical, production processes also need to be swift. And precision and quality are factors that are just as important.

Outstanding positioning modules from HIWIN

HIWIN provides a new generation of toothed belt axes (HM-B) and spindle axes (HM-S). Their characteristics: Extremely high manufacturing quality, performance density and precision, combined with a successful design, which has already won the prestigious iF Design Award.

Okuma’s SERVONAVI dramatically improves accuracy and cycle times

Okuma introduces their high-precision application SERVONAVI as part of their line of Intelligent Technology features. Available on almost all of the manufacturer’s machining centres, lathes and multitasking machines, the application is able to increase surface quality, reduce production time and to undo the effects of wear and tear in older machines.

Motor vehicle construction benefiting from new laser joining processes

Production flexibility, cost-efficiency and sustainability both in regard to products and production processes are focal points during the construction of lightweight bodies for motor vehicles. Innovative laser joining technologies are almost predestined for this task since they can be used to produce highly durable lightweight structures cost-effectively.

Antriebstechnik für die vernetzte, hochflexible Anlagenautomatisierung

Für zukunftsorientierte Maschinen- und Anlagendesigns im Rahmen des Konzepts Industrie 4.0 ist intelligente, funktional variable Antriebstechnik erforderlich.

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