Presswerk 4.0

Cutting downtimes in half, making manufacturing more flexible

Presswerk 4.0 at Fraunhofer Annual Conference 2017

Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting the "Presswerk 4.0" at Fraunhofer Annual Conference, taking place from May 29-31, 2017 (International Conference Centre, Dresden).

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Virtual tour at the Fraunhofer booth

By holding up a tablet computer in front of the model, visitors will see virtual information about the real model. In this way, the stream of information that otherwise remains hidden can be visualized. Visitors can take a virtual tour of the various scenarios and see how "Industrie 4.0" technologies can be used to save energy, material and time.

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Press plant of the future

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU have made it their mission to develop "Industrie 4.0" in the field of mechanical engineering. One of their focus areas is the press plant of the future. By combining the various streams of data in the Linked Factory, a data and service platform developed at the Institute, new production relevant information can be generated. On the basis of this data, researchers are able to isolate the cause of a failure more quickly and make targeted suggestions to staff to rectify it as quickly as possible. Together with partners from industry and science, Fraunhofer IWU is working on reducing failure-related downtimes by around 50 percent. However, "Presswerk 4.0" is set to not only tap potential related to downtimes. The aim is also to help operators react more quickly and flexibly to market needs and customer preferences, even when plans change at short notice.

 

Sensor technologies

A raw material tester collects material data along the coil and cross-linked machines can automatically compensate process deviations. 

 

Information

Using the Fraunhofer IWU Linked Factory as data hub in the intelligent press plant, new and production relevant knowledge can be generated.   

 

Actuators and analysis of machines

Active components, e.g. intelligent tools or machine drives, can be used to optimize the process window and reduce material losses by cutting error-related downtimes. 

 

Quality

Fraunhofer IWU developes solutions for the in-line quality control.  

 

Presswerk 4.0 at Fraunhofer Annual Conference

It costs companies a lot of money to have machines out of operation due to failure. This applies to press plants, too, the focus of Fraunhofer’s "Presswerk 4.0" project.