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Industry 4.0 and digitalisation of production systems – how remote control of robots and other mechatronic systems can contribute

  • It is expected that ongoing digitalisation will drive the merger between the manufacturing world and the internet world, possibly leading to a next industrial revolution, currently called “Industry 4.0”. The driving forces behind this development are new business opportunities and competition advantages arising from mass production customisation as well as rapid individual product development and manufacturing. Key factors of the development towards Industry 4.0 are discussed. Threats and opportunities arising from these developments for future production are discussed. Actual examples from real-time customized manufacturing of consumer products are given. As mechatronic systems and industrial robots are widely used in manufacturing and in particular in assembly, it is discussed how they can be connected to and used in digitalised industrial systems. Different examples of remote controlled systems are presented, like remote controlled KUKA robot for handling and quality control, PLC-controlled equipment, drive systems, FESTO handling system and others. The architecture of an assembly cell is presented, where industrial robots are set-up for batch-one production or can directly receive control / production information on-line and in real-time over the factory network. Methods for remote maintenance and monitoring of systems over the internet and production operator support over the internet are presented as well.

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Author of HS ReutlingenGruhler, Gerhard; Hermann, Julian
Erschienen in:Knowledge valorisation in the age of digitalization : International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing (COMA 19): Proceedings, 30 January 2019 – 1 February 2019, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Publisher:Stellenbosch University
Place of publication:Stellenbosch
Editor:Dimitri Dimitrov
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2019
Tag:digitalisation of production; reconfigurable manufacturing systems; remote control
Page Number:6
First Page:142
Last Page:147
DDC classes:330 Wirtschaft
Open access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Open Access