To shorten decision-making processes and make it possible to perform even unfamiliar tasks faster and more flexibly in production operations, Fraunhofer IPT and Mitsubishi Electric joined forces to develop a new system designed to compile and process all the key information for machine operators on mobile devices. For example, the new solution supports employees by enabling them to use smart glasses and tablets directly on the shop floor, in everything from training and monitoring to resolving machine faults and maintenance. The system from Fraunhofer IPT and Mitsubishi is compatible with commercially available smart glasses and tablets that use an Android operating system, and can integrate them into industrial production environments.
In this new system, the smart devices and Mitsubishi Electric machine control system communicate with each other directly, thus allowing employees to identify faults - for instance, an incorrectly closed machine door - in real time. The new system also provides machine operators with information on imminent maintenance via pop-up messages on the mobile device and offers help. Various formats such as video and text are used to show step by step how a tool is changed, for example. This enables users to solve problems quickly themselves and cut machine downtimes. The new system also makes it possible to plan production orders more precisely and finish products faster.
Mitsubishi Electric and Fraunhofer IPT are jointly unveiling the system in Hall 25 at Stand B94 at EMO Hannover 2017. Visitors from all over the world will then have the opportunity to test it for themselves using various smart devices and talk to experts from Fraunhofer IPT and Mitsubishi.