Mitsubishi Electric will show at EMO how smarter machine tools can offer numerous advantages to production facilities.
In an increasingly competitive marketplace smarter machine tools can offer advantages to production facilities like increased flexibility, efficiency gains and reduced down-time. Mitsubishi Electric will be showing how these goals can be met with connected production systems, intelligent control systems, edge computing and partner solutions.
The company's Plug & Play integration solution uses robots on machine tools to achieve speed and productivity advantages. Its latest M8 Series CNC controllers are available with its Direct Robot Control (DRC) software, which can be used to programme and operate both Mitsubishi Electric and Kuka robots. Operators can utilise the CNC control panel or an optional 19" touch screen for set-up and direct control operations without requiring any specialist robot programming knowledge simply by using the CNC's G-Code programming language. This means that a high degree of flexibility in production and faster time to market are possible.
A predictive maintenance approach for machine tools has the potential to reduce operating costs and downtime. Mitsubishi Electric and its e-F@ctory Alliance partner Lenord + Bauer have developed an advanced condition monitoring solution, which utilises smart encoders and direct communications with machine controllers. With it, the status can be recorded and monitored along with operating parameters, which are then used to help schedule maintenance activities by providing an early and prompt message when service or replacement is required.
The use of AI to increase the effectiveness of predictive maintenance will also be feature at EMO. A cloud-based solution using the AI platform within IBM Watson will show how the analysis of operational data can optimise the suggested maintenance regime for robots and other equipment, based on actual usage and wear characteristics.
Mitsubishi Electric will be showing how the digitalisation of production can be supported with umati (universal machine tool interface) which will be demonstrated live during the show. This provides a common interface for machine tools to connect to customer-specific IT ecosystems securely. The German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW) is describing the system as representing ‘a quantum leap in the implementation of Industry 4.0 in production’.
At the show, Mitsubishi Electric will provide solutions from single CNC machine tool controllers through to digitalisation on a grand scale using sophisticated plant-wide IoT automation systems.
CNC and factory automation solutions will be on exhibit in Hall 9, Booth D40, while wire-cutting and die-sinking EDM machines will be showcased in Hall 13, Booth B92.