CNC software Smart Factory concept: Hyundai WIA relies on Module Works' Technology

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

South Korea — In order to enhance their smart factory concept, Hyundai WIA is using Module Works CNC software technology.

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Module Works Visual Twin offers “as real as it gets” simulation for safe operator training.
Module Works Visual Twin offers “as real as it gets” simulation for safe operator training.
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Integrated in the Hyundai WIA iTrol smart machining platform, Module Works' technology furthers the automotive parts manufacturer’s goal of using intelligent machining systems that offer enhanced monitoring, efficiency and protection as well as safe, cost-efficient operator training. To protect machines from damage that can occur due to operating and programming errors, the company uses the Module Works Collision Avoidance System integrated on the Siemens Sinumerik 840D SL CNC control. The Module Works CAS runs in real-time during the machining process and uses the same motion data as the real servos to provide a highly accurate graphical simulation of the machine kinematics. Intelligent look-ahead algorithms detect potential collisions, in auto or jog mode, and alert the operator to stop the machine before a real collision occurs.

The Siemens controller allows remote access which means data from the CAS is potentially available to the Hyundai WIA HW-MMS superordinate monitoring system that enables engineers to monitor machine safety and performance anytime, from anywhere.

Module Works' Real-Time Collision Avoidance System (CAS) integrated on the Siemens Sinumerik 840D SL CNC control.
Module Works' Real-Time Collision Avoidance System (CAS) integrated on the Siemens Sinumerik 840D SL CNC control.
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The Module Works Visual Twin extends the smart factory concept further to incorporate operator training. Under the motto “as real as it gets”, the Visual Twin combines simulation technology with state-of-the-art computer animation to deliver an authentic experience that enables operators to train on a specific machine in a fully virtual environment, thereby eliminating expensive downtime, waste material and any risk of damage to the real machine.

“Our goal is to deliver intelligent, integrated machining solutions that enable our customers to transition to industry 4.0 manufacturing”, explains Jae-Yong Ha, Head of Machine Tool R&D Center at HYUNDAI WIA. “The Module Works CAS and Visual Twin take us closer to this goal by offering enhanced machining safety and optimized productivity that fits perfectly into our smart factory concept.”

The South Korean company demonstrated the iTrol smart factory platform with integrated Module Works CAS on their XF6500 Machining Center at an open event at their European headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, last year. The iTrol platform with integrated Module Works Visual Twin is planned for demonstration during the Hinex 2021 (Hyundai Wia International Machine Tool Exhibition) at the Hyundai WIA headquarters in Changwon, South Korea, 8 to 10 September 2021.

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