Simple, like plugging it in
The connection of machinery and plants is the first step in creating a 4.0 ecosystem with all the resulting advantages.
Technological development has helped to simplify an intervention that could have been complicated and burdensome twenty years ago. Today we’re able to communicate with all the main technologies present in the production plants. It’s not necessary to have state-of-the-art facilities to enjoy the efficiency of a smart factory.
Advantage of connection
Acquire production, status, process and tool wear data
Monitor the performance and plants status on smartphones, smartwatches and tablets, receiving notifications about blocks and alarms
Set in real time the recipe on the machine with the necessary settings for its operation
Plan the next activities of the machine taking into account its real availability
Keep under control environmental parameters (humidity, air quality, etc.) and auxiliary systems (compressed air, scales, dryers, electrical panels, etc.)
If the machine is 4.0 ready, it means that it uses standard protocols (eg OPC-UA) that facilitate the intervention speed. In the other cases, we have a large variety of ready-to-use connectors. If it’s necessary to connect very special machines, we’re able to develop ad hoc connectors.