What functions can Industry 4.0 access here and now?


Nov 5, 2013 (4 years and 7 months ago)


What functions can Industry 4
.0 access here and now?

Integrated automation from Festo as the basis for Integrated Industry

"Integrated Industry" is the key theme of the Hanover Fair 2013. In the era of
Integrated Industry, individual workpieces will themselves determine what function
they need production installations to provide. An important milestone on the road
towards Integrated Industry is the concept of integrated automation from Festo

on the automation platform CPX.

In Factory 4.0, machines, installations, workpieces
and other components will exchange data
and information in real time. This represents a shift from rigid, centralised factory control
systems to decentralised intelligence. "T
asks that are currently still performed by a central
master computer will be take
n over by components. These will network with one another in
an intelligent way, carry out their own configuration with minimal effort and independently
meet the varying requirements of production orders," predicts Prof. Dr. Peter Post, Head of
Corporate R
esearch & Programme Strategy at Festo.

Automation platform CPX

Integrated Industry is characterised by the networking
together of the components within a
production system, a continuous exchange of data, the combination of the evaluation of
various senso
r signals and a facility for the detection of complex events and independent
local decision
making and control. Even here and now, the concept of integrated automation
from Festo, based on the automation platform CPX, offers a means of achieving this.

s electrical terminal for valve terminals already offers more than just a means of linking
the field and master control levels. It already has diagnostic facilities and can provide
condition monitoring functions. Its individual modules already make it poss
ible to integrate
the control of pneumatic cylinders via the modular valve terminals MPA and VTSA together
with motion controllers for electric drives.
And it already offers integrated safety functions.

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31 January 2013

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This makes it possible to access diagnostic inform
ation, locate faults quickly and replace
modules. Examples of the integration of functions include IT services such as web servers, a
front end controller for decentralised local control, an end
position controller, a proportional
valve or a pressure senso
r for detecting internal valve terminal pressures or external signals.

The Internet of Things

CPX can already integrate all normal bus systems and Industrial Ethernet. This means that
CPX is well
equipped for the future. Experts predict that the era of In
dustry 4.0 will mean
the end of the present
day chaos of countless different bus systems. There

will then be only
one single, worldwide standardised protocol ‒ an Internet protocol based on a real
capable WLAN or Ethernet.

This trend towards simplicity is based on the same philosophy as the new adaptive and
intelligent installation platforms.
Until now, if there was some change to the product, parts of
the production installation needed to be modified. The new highly adaptive installations,
however, will adapt automatically to future product modifications. There will be no need for
about machine setting times in the factory of the future.

Adaptive and simple

Electric drive technology is also following this trend. It is already receiving significant
impetus from the Festo positioning system "Optimised Motion Series". At the heart of
system is the electric cylinder EPCO. This is a prime example of how electric cylinders can
be used simply and cost
effectively in factory automation. Software tools make web
configuration and web diagnostics extremely simple. As a result, electric dr
ives are just as
easy to handle as pneumatic cylinders.

In the era of Industry 4.0, robots will cooperate actively with human beings. With their
intelligent sensors, they will display an ability to take alternative routes similar to that of
people. They w
ill be aware of their environment and be able to judge even complex
situations. This will mean that robots will no longer be a hazard to human beings and will be
able to support workers in performing manual tasks as part of an industrial assistance system.

The prize
winning Bionic Handling Assistant and the ExoHand, both from Festo, are the
day pioneers of this development.

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Dr. Peter Post

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"In future, components wil
l network with one another in an
intelligent way," explains Prof. Dr. Peter Post, Head of Corporate
Research & Programme Strategy at Festo.

(Photo: Festo)

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Integrated Automa
tion from Festo as a basis for Integrated
Industry: already today the automation platform CPX is able to
integrate functions such as diagnostics, condition monitoring,
safety and electrical and pneumatic automation technology.
(Photo: Festo)

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er to

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Trend towards simplification: software tools make web
configuration and web diagnostics extremely easy.

(Photo: Festo)

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Bionic Handling


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Active cooperation between robots and human beings in the era
of Industry 4.0: the Bionic Handling Assistant, a winner of the
German Future Prize

(Photo: Festo)


and photos are also available online at ww