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24/7 fleet monitoring of Twin-Control machine tools

By Dirk Euhus and Dr. Tobias Fürtjes, D. Euhus is MMS Research Manager at MARPOSS / ARTIS and MMS project leader at Twin-Control T. Fürtjes is MMS Research Project Manager at MARPOSS / ARTIS and task leader at Twin-Control Monitoring infrastructure A reliable and continuous monitoring of all use case machines is one of the most important task in Twin-Control. Overall, in Twin-Control six industrial use case machines (three at Renault, three …Read More

Twin-Control plenary meeting at IK4-TEKNIKER

This week, June 27-28, the Twin-Control consortium gathered for a plenary meeting at IK4-TEKNIKER’s facilities in Eibar, Spain. The aim of the meeting was to review recent advances of the project and to make all preparations for the industrial implementation of Twin-Control, scheduled to be performed this October. During the plenary meeting, special sessions were devoted to check the status of the different modules developed within Twin-Control, which are almost …Read More

FAG VarioSense Bearings

Source: Schaeffler FAG VarioSense bearings — a combination of a standard rolling bearing and a sensor cluster — provide several sensor signals for monitoring machines and processes in one compact unit. And they offer a combination of different measured values which can be adapted to specific applications in a standard envelope.

Smart manufacturing must embrace big data

Source: Nature magazine Manufacturing is getting smart. Companies are increasingly using sensors and wireless technologies to capture data at all stages of a product’s life. These range from material properties and the temperatures and vibrations of equipment to the logistics of supply chains and customer details. Truck engines beam back data on speed, fuel consumption and oil temperature to manufacturers and fleet operators. Optical scanners are used to spot defects …Read More

Industry 4.0: Virtual Twin Controls Production

Source: Fraunhofer – Hannover Messe Preview 2017 With an innovative new concept, researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK want to turn the vision of Industrie 4.0 into reality. A digital twin models the entire production process and permits direct intervention into manufacturing at all times. Real and virtual production merge into an intelligent overall system. A virtual twin simulates the entire production system Bidirectional …Read More

What a Machining Center Really Costs: Total Lifecycle ROI

Source: Modern Machine Shop Jedd Cole, Assistant Editor (Modern Machine Shop) / A white paper explains why it’s important to look at the entire lifecycle of a machine to determine its true costs and benefits. The problem is simple to define, but getting ahead of it can quickly become complex: “Manufacturers often focus only on equipment price when making [return-on-investment (ROI)] calculations and fail to evaluate the total life cycle …Read More

JIMTOF: A Strong Embrace of Industrial Internet of Things

Source: Modern Machine Shop Online The message from the 2016 Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF), Japan’s premier machine tool show, was clear: Japanese providers of manufacturing technology have embraced the concepts of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Although there is no exact definition for what this phrase means, it undoubtedly refers to the strategy of linking machine tools and other shopfloor equipment to a web-enabled network that makes …Read More

“Simulation will help better design machines and processes”

An interview with Jaouher Selmi from RENAULT. Renault Group, originally from France, is a leading company in the production of cars, including commercial vehicles and racing cars. As a project partner, RENAULT will implement and test Twin-Control’s results. How did you know about the project? What aspects of the project attracted you to join it? Renault was investigating and looking for a partnership in order to develop the use of …Read More

DMG-Mori and Schaeffler towards Industry 4.0

Source: DMG Mori Last year, DMG MORI presented an Industry 4.0 project developed in collaboration with its technology partners. Based on the DMC 80 FD duoBLOCK®, DMG MORI presented a machine tool equipped with more than 60 sensors that transmitted digitised information on components from the sensors to the cloud for the purposes of data collection, storage and analysis. The objective was constant status monitoring within the machine. The app-based …Read More