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Production technology German desire for intelligent production drives machine tool management

Editor: Eric Culp

Germany is immersed in what some are calling the fourth industrial revolution – dubbed Industry 4.0 – and machine builders, automation vendors and industrial end-users are adding to the concept.

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Sven Kornhaas (l.), manager of Volkswagen’s component toolmaking shop in Braunschweig, Germany, discusses DMG Mori Seiki’s Celos with Michael Fritsche, application engineer at Deckel Maho Seebach.
Sven Kornhaas (l.), manager of Volkswagen’s component toolmaking shop in Braunschweig, Germany, discusses DMG Mori Seiki’s Celos with Michael Fritsche, application engineer at Deckel Maho Seebach.
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The goal is the creation of a smart factory, one that uses technology to improve adaptability, resource efficiency and ergonomics as well as the information exchange among customers and business partners. DMG Mori Seiki’s Celos, the heart of an intelligent networked production, created a buzz at September ’s EMO metalworking exhibition in Hanover, Germany.

Celos is a machine management system which forms the basis of paperless manufacturing, providing the user with integrated management, documentation and visualisation of orders, and process and machine data. Christian Thönes, a member of the board at DMG Mori Seiki AG, explained the system: “Celos combines ‘Intelligence in Production’ in a pioneering product that holistically improves the profitability of both the manufacturing and the enterprise-wide process chain.”

The system is available for all new machines from DMG Mori Seiki. Celos currently comes with controls from Siemens (Operate 4.5 on Sinumerik 840D solutionline) and Mitsubishi (Mapps V).

Customers such as Volkswagen see the benefits. “It would certainly be beneficial for our island solutions in our repair shop,” said Sven Kornhaas, manager of the component toolmaking shop at the carmaker’s plant in Braunschweig, Germany. “It would be nice if Celos were also available with Heidenhain CNCs,” he added.

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