Panel Builder System Integrator

The fourth Industrial Revolution (also known as Industry 4.0) is a trending topic today. The entire concept represents full industry digitalization and is closely related to the Internet of things (IoT) infiltrating all industrial areas, resulting in the creation of an industrial internet of things, or IIoT for short.

 

 

 

Widely represented throughout science fiction, robots (both real and fictional) have been capturing people’s imagination for decades. As robotic solutions gain popularity among manufacturers as a means of increasing productivity, several myths have arisen regarding their place in factories and in society as a whole.

 

 

 

Maschinenfabrik Berthold Hermle AG is one of the market leaders for metalworking centers. The machines from Baden-Württemberg are used for production all over the world. They rely on Murrelektronik’s Cube67 modular fieldbus system for the electrical installation. It makes automation concepts leaner and faster and, by extension, more effective. Cube67’s Machine Option Management (MOM) is particularly advantageous for Hermle.

 

 

 

 

This April, while attending the Hannover Messe Trade fair, Panel Builder & Systems Integrator had the opportunity to spend some time at SEW-EURODRIVE’s impressive booth with Jochen Sauer, Head of International Marketing for the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions.

 

 

 

We all know that technology is advancing at an incredible rate. Particularly within the past two years, the rapid evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has enabled manufacturers to take significant steps toward digitalizing their operations.

 

 

 

With the growth of e-Commerce, comes major changes in global retail and logistics. Because of this, companies are seeking automated warehouse solutions to meet this growth. New automated technologies are providing these companies with the capabilities they need to optimize their use of resources. By minimizing operational space, automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) enable retailers to not only maximize their resources but also ship products faster and more efficiently.

 

This June the Pepperl+Fuchs road tour made its way through Ontario and Quebec, visiting several automation providers and manufacturing facilities. During one of the stops at a manufacturing facility in southern Ontario I was able to tour the mobile exhibit with Richard Krawczyk, Account Manager of Factory Automation in Canada.

 

 

 

 

What do NBA sportsmen like the world champions from Toronto, The Raptors, and the workings of their teams, have in common with system technology from Rittal and Eplan? More than you might expect. In short, both operate on an “all for one and one for all” basis. Both demonstrate how coordinated systems that link together can tap into unimagined potential.

 

 

It goes without saying that materials transport in industries like consumer electronics, automotive electronics and semiconductor manufacturing can get complicated. To enable small-volume, high-mix semiconductor production, for example, wafer cassettes must be transported in complicated orders with precise timing.

 

 

 

The next industrial revolution is here. New technology and automation solutions are catalysts for evolving your mining operations – helping make you more connected, efficient and productive.

 

 

 

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