Automotive Design and Production

APR 2018

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SMART FACTORY The Silent Tools+ dashboard, which works with sensors for in-cut tool monitoring, is part of the Sandvik Coromant CoroPlus system. Analytics software can crunch the data and use it to improve the operation, maintain the machine, improve the product design — even improve the design of the machining equipment itself. Where the sensor meets the machine tool is where the rubber meets the road in the IIoT. Sensor-enabled machines have a lot to say—more than a user may know what to do with. But analytics software can crunch the data and use it to improve the operation, maintain the machine, improve the product design—even improve the design of the machining equipment itself. This same two-way communication approach has been scaled upward to make smart manufacturing cells, with automation and multiple machines—all enabled by sensors to share useful data. Zoom out further and imagine an entire facility networked together this way, with the manufacturing data accessible and usable across formerly separate silos—comparable to the way enterprise resource planning (ERP) data has become. That enticing vision of a manufacturing facility in which the equipment can share data with people and other equip- ment to allow faster, higher-quality, continuously improving production of parts and products—is the smart factory. TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPERS WANT TO HELP In spite of the media excitement about this brave new world of digital manufacturing, there are plenty of manufacturers who haven't gotten started in preparing for it. If they decide they're ready, they will find that their manufacturing-equip- ment vendors are ready and eager to help. In 2018, it seems that just about every provider of manufacturing equipment offers wares that they say are "Manufacturing 4.0-ready," with sensors and software in place. Here are a few examples: Machine-makers: At EMO 2017, Mazak Corp. ( mazakusa. com ) unveiled its iSmart Factory concept, which the company says enables machine users to make the leap from automated cell manufacturing to a completely connected Industry-4.0 factory. iSmart Factory uses the company's SMOOTH Technology CNC and factory management software to connect machines and provides real-time monitoring and analysis capability. The system uses SmartBox, a cloud- based computing system that enables sensitive data to be analyzed and acted upon securely with optimal speed, with only selected data sent to the cloud for historical analysis and 34

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