Industry 4.0 is widely considered a transformation of manufacturing. The name is inspired by Germany’s “Industrie 4.0”, a government initiative to promote connected manufacturing and a digital convergence between industry, businesses and other processes.
These innovations bridge the physical and digital worlds and make smart and autonomous systems possible. Businesses and supply chains already use some of these advanced technologies, but the full potential of Industry 4.0comes to life when they’re used together.
Industry 4.0 is not a standard, but more of a management attitude in interconnecting the processes with the use of digital systems and intelligent software. Some of the pillars of this idea are the collection of numbers in productivity, decision making as much as autonomous as possible, proper planning with KPI, time and people management.
Proper tracking of the entire procurement, production and service chain is essential to control and intervene to improve or to solve issues.
HGG due to the have the internal resources and complete control of all the components of the machines developed in the past, several 3D drawings imports from various cad.
The main benefit is the lack of human intervention in programming the machine according to a printed drawing, fast transfer of information from the 3d drawing to the machine, precise information delivered.
Tekla is the most used nowadays by our customers where we can get other than the cutting data, the footprint to be printed by our machines on the material, the volume of welding to estimate the total cost of the structure, and various markings/layout data. Autocad, Solidworks, Bocad, Inventor, Aveva Marine, Intergraph spool gun, Smart marine 3D, Foran, SPD, are some of the 3d cads we are able to import the drawings directly.
A specialised helmet with augmented reality makes the user able to use both hands while being audiovisually contacted with the support department of HGG that instructs how to perform certain maintenance tasks or install machines from start to finish. The helmet contains a rechargeable battery that works for 8 to 10 hours, is IP66 rated, drop and dustproof and runs on Android software that is voice-controlled.
Through a remote connection, the engineer on location shares what he sees with the supporting engineer and they can communicate through visual cues in augmented reality and voice communication. With all other software features still available, the engineer knows who he is talking to and can be guided through any issues or required maintenance.
Integrating the warehouse and stock with production is the next step in automation and optimisation of the production process. HGG machines use custom-built software for optimised nesting of profiles and report on production progress in a database. ERP/MRP applications can access the database with a connection to read into this data.
Tekla EPM, Strumis and an open API for connections to other software are available.
For some applications, we provide a customised data interface with the upper level in the system for production planning, execution, monitor and revision. Most of these applications are specific to some industries to comply with their internal processes in view of the industry 4.0 idea.
Our software on the machine takes care of the use of the consumables, warning in advance the operator of the possible issues happening. Keeping track of this time will allow the management to consider the cost per part as well as evaluate different consumables to be used or replaced.
The user interface has been redesigned to shorten the learning curve of the operators and maintenance people in the workshop.
A series of controls, based on the “need to use” are popping up when needed and are allowing the operator to control and interact with the entire system connected. Icons are used, to visually define what the command can do, communicating with the operator in a faster way making use of his cognitive abilities.
This helps the processes from the operation to the remote maintenance and data transfer.
Originally published by HGG