EMO hall 9, booth D40 and hall 13, booth B92
Mitsubishi Electric shows how machine tools increase productivity in networked production systems, with intelligent controls, edge computing and partner solutions. The connection of robots to machine tools to increase speed and productivity is facilitated by a plug-and-play integration.
The latest CNC controls of the M8 series are with functionality Direct Robot Control (DRC) equipped. It can be used to program and operate both Mitsubishi Electric and Kuka robots. The robot can be set up and operated via the CNC control in the G-code programming language, so no special robot programming skills are required.
Predictive maintenance concepts for machine tools can reduce operational costs and downtime. For this the automatizer and his eF @ ctory Alliance Partner Lenord + Bauer developed a condition monitoring solution based on intelligent encoders and direct communication with the machine controls. In addition to the process parameters, the machine status is recorded and monitored. The data obtained in this way can be used as a planning basis for maintenance work by announcing necessary maintenance or repair measures at an early stage.
Using artificial intelligence (AI), predictive maintenance can be made even more efficient. How it works is demonstrated by the company's cloud-based solution that analyzes operating data based on the IBM Watson AI platform. Thus, maintenance routines for robots and other devices such as machine tools can be recommended and optimized based on actual usage and signs of wear.
Mitsubishi Electric is demonstrating how digitization of production can be supported with umati (the universal machine tool interface) through a live demonstration during the fair. This is a universal interface that can safely integrate machine tools into customer-specific IT ecosystems. The Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (VDW) describes the system as "a quantum leap in the implementation of Industrie 4.0 in production".
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Cover story With a high degree of automation, Rodinger Kunststoff-Technik GmbH (RKT) ensures the required quality and efficiency in the production of various plastic parts for the automotive industry, electronics industry, communication technology and medical technology. The automation technology for the plastic injection molding machine comes from Mitsubishi Electric, including numerous 6-axis robots RV-2FR and the human-machine interface GOT2000.
With artificial intelligence (AI) you are also smart beforehand. Mitsubishi Electric is now using its own AI for predictive maintenance. By analyzing operating parameters recorded in real time, maintenance requirements are determined before they occur. This means that necessary measures can be planned in advance and reduced to a minimum. The automaker's AI technology is called maize. It can be easily implemented on the Melfa robot using the Melfa Smartplus add-on card.
User report There are still mechanical engineering companies that manufacture their required components exclusively in Germany and are also profitable. Durwen Maschinenbau GmbH manages this because it has implemented a high degree of automation in its production. In the manufacture of its add-on parts for forklifts, for example, the control of the CNC milling machines communicates directly with the handling robot from Mitsubishi Electric and does not require a master. Durwen Maschinenbau GmbH develops, produces and sells attachments for forklifts and is successful worldwide in this segment. These attachments can hold up to four Euro pallets side by side and two in a row. Can during operation...
Technical article Mitsubishi Electric presents its smallest and most powerful compact PLC so far. The Melsec FX5UC series has an extremely compact size. It helps mechanical engineering companies to place extended functionality in a minimal space. The programmable logic controller also offers web access and network connections for the latest smart factory applications.
Companies whose goal is to connect the operational technology (OT) of their production environment to their IT systems have a new option from Mitsubishi Electric: The edge computing solution "Melpic" - opens up optimization potential through preventive condition monitoring (predictive maintenance) ) or quality assurance with data evaluation in real time and immediate feedback to the operator.
The new "Melfa" articulated arm and "Scara" robots from the RV-FR and RH-FR series from Mitsubishi Electric are now supported by a force-torque sensor that can be integrated directly into the CR750 / 751 and CR800 robot controls. Because the Force Sensor does not need its own control, the processes are simplified considerably and engineering effort is saved.
SPS Hall 7, Stand 391 Mitsubishi Electric presents itself as "Your solution partner for smart manufacturing". At the booth, the company shows its latest range of automation products and technologies that give users a competitive advantage.
Mitsubishi Electric Europe BV has founded the "High Precision Positioning Systems" division based in the German branch in Ratingen. The new business area offers German and European customers key technologies to accelerate the introduction of centimeter-accurate autonomous driving and safe driving support.
EMO Hall 9, Stand D40 and Hall 13, Stand B92 Mitsubishi Electric shows how machine tools in networked production systems, with intelligent controls, edge computing and partner solutions increase productivity. The connection of robots to machine tools to increase speed and productivity is facilitated by plug-and-play integration.
Jan-Philipp Liersch has been Marketing Manager of the Industrial Automation division at Mitsubishi Electric Europe BV since July 1, 2019.He is now Head of Product Management and is therefore responsible for Mitsubishi Electric's automation products and solutions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation invests in Akribis Systems Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based manufacturer of linear motors and linear tables. With the integration of its servo systems and other industrial automation products into the Akribis product range, Mitsubishi Electric supports the increasing requirements for highly specific and high-precision production.
Technical article Mitsubishi Electrics Information Technology R&D Center in Japan has developed a new sensor technology that enables high-precision detection of vehicle parameters even in heavy fog or heavy rain. The technology is intended to enable the autonomous and assisted driving systems to function robustly even in harsh weather conditions, under which the detection accuracy of conventional sensors decreases.
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