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Twin-Control aims to develop a simulation system that integrates the different aspects that affect machine tool and machining performance, including lifecycle concepts, providing better estimation of machining performance than single featured simulation packages. This holistic simulation model will be linked to the real machines in order to update itself according to their real condition and to perform control actions that will lead to performance improvements.

This project was active for three years, September 2015-2018.



3D-Simulation on the user interface

By Marc Stautner, Eva Berckmann and Denys Plakhotnik
Dr. Marc Stautner is Research Director at ModuleWorks GmbH
Eva Berckmann is Research Project Manager at ModuleWorks GmbH
Dr. Denys Plakhotnik is Research Manager and Senior Software Developer at ModuleWorks GmbH

User interfaces on the CNC

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Twin-Control plenary meeting at the AMRC

On February 28, the Twin-Control consortium gathered for the 30th month plenary meeting at AMRC facilities in Sheffield, UK.

The AMRC is a research centre linked to the University of Sheffield that works with the most relevant aircraft builders (Boeing, Airbus, etc.) and their complete supply chain (Rolls&Royce, GKN Aerospace, Sandvik, DMG-Mori, etc). In the last years they are expanding their activities to other sectors, such as nuclear or automotive, and they have even created a training centre. Read more

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Mazak to Preview SmartBox Platform Developments at Cisco Conference

Source: Modern Machine Shop Online

Mazak Corp. (Florence, Kentucky) will debut the next phases of its Mazak SmartBox platform at Cisco Systems Inc.’s Cisco Live event in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 10-14, 2016. The SmartBox cyber-secure Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform, developed in collaboration with Cisco, will offer Mazak iSmart Cloud connectivity, machine learning and predictive maintenance capabilities.

As a launch platform, SmartBox is said to enable manufacturers to access and use real-time manufacturing data to improve overall productivity and agility along with responsiveness to customer and market changes. Shops are said to gain the information and insight to identify machine issues before they escalate into machine downtime by using iSmart Cloud connectivity. SmartBox encompasses integrated services such as secure file transfer, remote access and machine history.

Mazak will be a special guest at the Cisco event, and Daniel Janka, executive vice president of Mazak, will participate in panel discussions and present on Mazak’s use of the SmartBox technology within its own iSmart Factory in Kentucky.

Cisco Live will incorporate a focus on process analytics as well as ideas and technologies to optimize factory floor performance and production. More than 1,000 sessions will take place and cover various topics involving the IIoT, analytics and manufacturing.


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