“Integrated Digitization” towards a digital factory
DMG MORI’s machines have offered app-based digitization capabilities since 2013, though the developer also is creating “an open ecosystem for the digital factory.” In addition, DMG MORI is increasing its portfolio of intelligent software and connective hardware.
The CELOS control and user interface establishes consistent digital workflows for efficient production. The current digitization initiatives are based on the vision of the digital factory, the key feature of which is the automatic, data-based adaptation of processes in production to changing framework conditions.
Two “Integrated Digitalization” platforms are offered, based on the machine model: IoTconnector and CELOS with Heidenhain.
Learn more at www.dmgmori.com
Flexible automation, simply programmed
For programmable automation at the machine, DMG MORI developed the Robo2Go 2nd Generation as a flexible robotic automation for its CLX series turning centers and CTX TC series mill/turn complete machining centers.
Teaching the robot during setup for a new workpiece takes less than five minutes, making the Robo2Go 2nd Generation ideal for small and medium-sized batches. The automation platform can be operated intuitively without any knowledge of robot programming.
Learn more at www.dmgmori.com
Automated robotized cells
The FASTEMS LLC Fastems RoboCell ONE is an adaptable and flexible system for machining heavy workpieces of different sizes -- primarily for handling workpieces up to 176 lbs. (80 kg) and for automating up to two machine tools of the same type – either lathes or milling machines.
A special feature of RoboCell ONE is an optional, automated gripper change system for the flexible handling of workpieces and the simple implementation of new components – without interrupting production operations. It can be fitted with single, double, or special grippers. Up to six different grippers may be used for handling workpieces in specific production operations. A single robot can be operated in one linear axis is able to supply two machines with workpieces in a flexible manner. Further, different products can be simultaneously produced by using both machines together. To accomplish this scenario, the robot automatically changes its grippers for loading/unloading the respective unit.
Learn more at www.fasterms.com
Lights-out tool grinding
ANCA, builders of CNC grinding machines, will be presenting capabilities for “lights-out” manufacturing, including “affordable, easy-to-use robots” to achieve 100% accurate tool production through automated, in-process measurements. For tool grinding, ANCA will be showcasing technology for reducing wasted materials and production time using aﬀordable, easy to use robots, and 100% tool accuracy through automated in process measurement.
The ANCA RoboTeach product automates teaching of the RoboMate Fanuc 200iD robots on the MX and TX grinding machine platforms: Operators no longer need to be experts in Fanuc programming to teach RoboMate, because RoboTeach is the interface between the operator and the robot.
RoboTeach uses the high accuracy of the grinding machine to measure the robot position, and then calibrate the robot. The robot position is measured using an electrical contact touch probe held in the robot gripper, and a sphere held in the machine collet adaptor.
Learn more at machines.anca.com
Gear design and transmission simulation
GLEASON CORPORATION will showcase design, manufacturing, and inspection technologies for cylindrical and bevel gears, including simulation with KISSsoft® Release 2019. Among the highlights are KISSdesign™, for intuitive concept design at the system level.
SKF and KISSsoft have created an interface to simplify gear development by assisting with calculations using the latest bearing data via a direct connection to the SKF cloud. The manufacturability for Gleason’s Power Skiving machine can be evaluated in KISSsoft. After generating a special report with workpiece and tool data, this report can be transferred to Gleason, which makes data exchange between the designer and the tool supplier easier and less error-prone.
The interface between GEMS® and KISSsoft provides an exchange of gear and system information between the two software packages, for realistic evaluation and optimization of every type of spiral bevel and hypoid gear - with a closed loop between design and manufacturing software.
Learn more at www.gleason.com
Merging virtual and real manufacturing
HEXAGON’S MANUFACTURING INTELLIGENCE division will be showcasing digital production solutions from its Production Software portfolio. Using virtual reality glasses, visitors will see the complete construction and production of a motorcycle saddle, starting with 3D scanning through a Hexagon measuring arm and reverse engineering.
Based on the 3D model, machining is optimally programmed in the EDGECAM CAM system. The subsequent NC code simulation on the virtual machine with NCSIMUL ensures a collision-free machining process. The final program can then be transferred directly to the machine and started with no loss of time when retracting.
The networking of these technologies across the entire production chain, from design and engineering, and production to metrology, enables efficient, safe and future-proof processes.
Learn more at www.hexagonmi.com
AGVs for connecting machines and systems
LIEBHERR’s broad product portfolio of automation systems includes a new, compact PHS Allround pallet handling system with optional double loader: it allows users to achieve automated manufacturing with machining centers. Liebherr also will present the new LPC 3400/3600 robot-based palletizing cell, thus establishing a universal automation solution for machine tools for the turning, milling and grinding of gearbox components, with cage stack logistics.
Learn more at www.liebherr.com
Digital solutions to advance Industry 4.0 readiness
GF Machining Solutions
GF MACHINING SOLUTIONS intelligent, high-performing, and predictive manufacturing technology that advances users’ Industry 4.0 readiness includes the Open Platform Communications (OPC) Unified Architecture (UA) protocol and the digital services platform, rConnect. These solutions help manufacturers reduce machine downtime, monitor performance of machines and workshops, automate processes, ensure manufacturing process compliance, and connect GFMS machines to ERP and MES systems.
The OPC UA protocol installed on all GF machines aligns with the company’s vision of an “open future” for manufacturing. It also provides a common communication language across GFMS products, technologies and services. Version one of the OPC UA collects a vast range of comparable data and, with the new rConnect Dashboard, makes it accessible on the shop floor and remotely from users’ offices. OPC UA also allows users to connect GF Machining Solutions products to their existing ERP and MES systems.
Learn more at www.gfms.com
Intelligent sensor networks
Tool turret/holder specialist SAUTER FEINMECHANIK is presenting its new intelligent sensor network, which enables a digital exchange between workpiece, tool, and tool turret. Edge computing allows meaningful utilization of the comprehensive data, and sophisticated algorithms allow reliable forecasts of future machine conditions — leading to increased availability.
Sauter’s future products will rely on intelligent tool turrets, tool holders, and tools that receive, collect, and evaluate data and pass it on to the Sauter IQ-Box®. When defined threshold limits are exceeded, feedback is transmitted directly to the machine operator.
Also, the IQ-Box® can transmit and store process data to local or cloud-based servers for later analysis. A status display reveals the current condition of every tool necessary for machining. This real-time tool data collection allows operator decisions to be made concerning process quality before metal cutting begins.
Learn more at www.sauter-group.com