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Trend interview: More data transfer. 5G and co. optimise resources and material flow in the factoryDigitalisation and Industry 4.0 are changing the world of production. Shorter innovation cycles, a growing number of variants, lot size 1 and a more efficient use of production plants and resources are all forcing companies to use innovative technologies in their intralogistics. Of special significance in this context is the communication between the many sensors, actors and the IT infrastructure. In this interview about new trends, experts discuss the role played by wireless communication and its potential for creating new business models.
Source: elektro AUTOMATION (03-04/2020)
Car building by remote control. Wireless network for flexible serial productionThe automotive industry is currently testing car production without production lines. Instead, automated guided vehicles (AGV) transport car bodies and even complete cars through the assembly area in all directions. A wireless network ensures that the AGV run smoothly and assumes additional tasks such as the control of eKanban systems.
Source: SPS-MAGAZIN (5/2020)
Safely on and safely off! Position switches inside step treads of Bielefeld light railwayPosition switches used to monitor the step treads of part of the light railway system in the city of Bielefeld were increasingly failing, making higher levels of maintenance necessary. The operator MoBiel started looking for an alternative solution – and found one very close by. Following a successful test phase, the trains are now being successively fitted with long-life position switches.
Source: messtec drives Automation (04/2020)
Extreme tests in real-life conditionsVarious steute switchgear series are currently being tested in real-life conditions on the island of Helgoland. The results are used to improve the development of new product series.
Source: konstruktionspraxis (03/2020)
eKanban: supplying shelves by remote controlIn these times of flexible product manufacturing, processing, storage and consignment, the flow of information needs to be equally flexible. This impacts everything within the system, right down to the individual sensors and switches at field level. Especially for assembly and intralogistics applications, wireless networks are becoming increasingly popular, for example eKanban systems.
Source: etz (03/2020)