While popular Industry 4.0 technologies tend to focus on robotics and the Internet of Things, less tangible technologies such as artificial intelligence are poised to make as much of an impact. By Jonathan Chou
Erlangen, Germany: Machine tool manufacturer DMG Mori AG has formed a joint venture with industrial automation solutions provider Heitec AG to expand their automation expertise; with the venture named DMG Mori Heitec.
Within the next decade or so, the machine floor will see connectivity reach new heights with immense amounts of data being driven through networks and on demand – at the touch of a finger. Article contributed by Schaeffler Technologies AG.
Today, intelligent software solutions form the basis of the digital transformation of manufacturing process chains like DMG Mori’s Celos system.
The focus is shifting increasingly onto robot-based automation – and for good reason. By Andreas Schuhbauer, marketing segment manager for machine tools at Kuka Roboter GmbH.
The CLX 350 has a footprint of less than 5 m sq, and machines bar material of 51 mm in diameter, with 65 mm diameter also available as an option.
Machine controls can bring higher quality and shorter machining times in the production of stretch blow moulds. Contributed by DMG Mori
DMG Mori’s Lasertec 30 SLM additive manufacturing machine has a build volume of 300 by 300 by 300 mm and a layer thickness of 20 to 100 µm, enabling users to manufacture small workpieces such as impellers and dental crowns.
The machine is suitable for the production of high-mix, low-volume parts or complex-shaped workpieces. The machine’s smaller footprint also incorporates fewer movable axes.