Automotive Design and Production

APR 2018

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SMART FACTORY long-term storage. Using the MT Connect standard communi- cation protocol, the system facilitates the real-time sharing of manufacturing data between the production floor and offices, allowing shorter lead times, reduced in-process inventory and lower indirect labor expenses. Metrology specialists: Smart-factory technologies made one company change its name and mission: A couple of years ago Hexagon Metrology became Hexagon Machining Intelligence ( hexagonmi.com/en-us ). Joel Martin, manager of the compa- ny's laser tracker line, told me that the name change denotes a broadening "from just the science of measurement to looking at the entire manufacturing process." In the past, their measurement equipment would collect data and "pass it off to someone who would have to decide what to do with it." Now, statistical analysis software and CAD/CAM programs use the data to enable improvements to the manufacturing process. The 360º Flexible Measurement Cell, the company's auto- mated measurement work cell, enhances the manufacturing process by "seamlessly delivering actionable information," Martin said. "The end-of-line measurements are still done for verification—but because we implement metrology so far upstream, and because of our quality processes, our statistical analyses and the analytics that drive the process, we already know that the part is going to be good." Cutting-tool makers: Cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant ( sandvik.coromant.com/en-us ) offers a suite of IIoT solutions called "CoroPlus." That's the umbrella name of a platform of software and sensor-equipped tools made to improve productivity and control costs through a combination of connected machining and access to manu- facturing data and expert knowledge. CoroPlus connects with existing software environments through open application Hexagon's 360º Flexible Measurement Cell uses data analytics derived from in-process monitoring to improve the manufacturing process. 36

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