This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Festo demonstrates how Industry 4.0 solutions might work

27 August 2017

What will the manufacturing processes of the future look like, and what will their defining features be? Food Processing finds out. 

Working together, Festo Didactic and SAP have created the Open Integrated Factory demonstrator to show how shop floor and a Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) will be linked in the era of Industry 4.0. The work pieces in Festo Didactic’s CP Factory are able to tell the machine how they should be processed.

The line is capable of producing two completely different products: One of which can be built in up to 16 variations. The work pieces contain information in the form of production parameters. “The parts know what they are and can communicate with the facility through RFID technology. After approaching the correct station, they tell it which part and variant they are, and request to be processed appropriately. Through the use of defined standards, product variations can be manufactured in any given order and quantity, all on the same production line. This shows that the production of a single product with exact customer-defined specifications, in line with Industry 4.0 goals, is now possible.

The basis of the Open Integrated Factory is Festo’s CP Factory. This cyber-physical learning and research platform is used to train a broad range of technologies – from plant networking to PLC programming, drive technologies, sensor systems, safety technology, robotics, assembly as well as value chain analysis and optimisation. For Industry 4.0 research and teaching purposes, the system can integrate with all open systems and communication standards, including OPC-UA. 

The CP Factory consists of a variety of individual work stations that can be configured for different production situations and can be linked to IT systems. The individual cells can be reconfigured in minutes to create new plant layouts. The work piece holder routing system allows each cell to operate individually and to quickly set up an operational production line.


Print this page | E-mail this page

MOST VIEWED...


Article image Keeping cables and conduits and clean

Strict hygiene and cleanliness requirements apply to all equipment used in the food processing environment, including electrical components, cables and trunking. Food Processing finds out about a cleaning solution that utilises dry steam. Full Story...

Article image Appetite for Engineering event highlights the need to prepare for change

Suzanne Gill reports on this year’s Appetite for Engineering event, which took place at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry on 19th October. 
Full Story...

Recognising innovation at the Food Processing Awards

Getting the best out of PLCs

Robots designed for the food industry

http://www.fponthenet.net/whitepapers.aspx?ShopItemID=1227https://www.siemens.com/uk/en/home/products/software/mindsphere/mindsphere-white-paper.html