Efficiency, quality, flexibility and availability are the foundations for success for users of machine tools, irrespective of where they locate their production operations. Tiny cost advantages are often crucial in determining whether an order will be placed or not – and these are achieved by means of intelligent production technology.
Improving machine concepts, control technology, software, tools and processes are always the core concerns. Continuous innovation in every area develops the functionality of intelligent production systems.
Today’s customer requirements, such as changing batch volumes, innumerable product variants and sustainable production demands are additional innovation drivers. Solving these complex tasks also increases demands on communication. Making vast and complex sets of data simultaneously available to all business areas, from development and construction to production planning and order management, requires the unhampered flow of data. Efficient modern companies therefore employ integrated overall communication systems using appropriate planning, control and testing software. Modern production systems also need to be continuously improved, as part of the company’s entire IT universe.
"Intelligence in Production" ensures that intelligent machines communicate autonomously with their supervisory management and control systems, known as Industry 4.0.
Exhibitors at EMO Hannover 2013, the world's largest metalworking innovation forum, demonstrated how all this can take place smoothly, and what global innovations are on offer for intelligent manufacturing in these areas.