By bringing their "Machine 4.0" concept to EMO Hannover 2017, the scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU want to promote a holistic approach to consistent digitalization in production. Their practical showcase centers on a fully functional forming press and its digital twin. "Industry 4.0 doesn't mean creating digital standalone solutions," explains Dr. Tino Langer, head of the "Smart Factory" department at the Fraunhofer IWU. "It means looking at the bigger picture and mastering increasingly complex production systems with the aid of IT. The focus is on the resilience of these systems when it comes to safeguarding production processes."
"Machine 4.0" seeks to combine three approaches in one - a combination that the Fraunhofer team refers to as the triad of Technology-System-Digitalization. Improvements to hardware, technologies and IT processes have all been integrated with the aim of achieving seamless digitalization. This universal concept is on show in Hannover in a fully functional forming press designed to deliver a considerable improvement in machine availability and service life. The integrated sensor technology for process and machine monitoring combines captured key values to generate technical production parameters that are to be collated in a real-time virtual depiction of the press. According to the Fraunhofer team, this intelligent interlinking can supply value-adding information and forecasts for production, thereby ensuring staff can get to grips with the system much quicker and increasing machine availability by up to 50 percent. What’s more, the service life of the plant can reportedly be extended by up to 30 percent. If you want to know more, the best thing to do is come along to EMO Hannover 2017 and visit the Fraunhofer IWU in Hall 12, particularly since the condition monitoring technology can be integrated into existing plants.
Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU (09126 Chemnitz, Germany), Hall 12, Stand D02