As digital and virtual simulation optimize its mechanical, control and networking capabilities, the machine tool of the future will be redefined as a functional node in the broader network of the Internet of Things.
In today’s demanding environment, this shop proves how automation has never had so much potential to transform a business.
A collaboration among Mazak, Memex and Cisco, utilizing the MTConnect standard, makes groundbreaking progress toward the total digital integration of factories, where access to real-time manufacturing data is used to improve overall productivity efficiency and responsiveness to customer and market changes.
The next step in the Internet of Things is here. These robots and the machine tools they tend can use a single controller for automated interaction instead of separate units operated by different kinds of software that must communicate through a fieldbus. Now the same control system can manage both the machines and the robots of an automated plant.
A robot can now replace a machine tool in certain applications, bringing a high level of flexibility to use different tools in the 3D space that changes the way processes and component design are viewed.
Increasing demands for shorter lead times, improved quality and lower costs mean shop managers should seriously consider automation as an investment in long-term dynamic growth and flexibility.
Mike Cicco is responsible for all of the company’s operations in North and South America.
The project is connecting and configuring diverse machine tools, PLCs, sensors and devices to build a totally integrated shop floor.
Engineers from CGTech will use VERICUT software to evaluate the accuracy of the NC programs created by students at multiple SkillsUSA/NIMS events.
The expandable FMS ONE Flexible Manufacturing System, FPC-1500 Flexible Pallet Container system and Multi-Level FMS System from Fastems help shops integrate cells with other plant-wide systems to evolve into a fully digital Industry 4.0 factory.
Come explore the very foundation of the machine tool industry. This pavilion is where you'll find the latest innovations in metal cutting equipment, machining centers, turning centers, drilling, boring, milling, and more.
Shop Floor Automations will present new software releases for machine monitoring, DNC communication, CNC program editing, document control, and tool management.