The Industry 4.0 Technological Center is to be opened at the Budapest Technical University (BME) in April, offering a demo of key trends to professional visitors.
The Industry 4.0 Technology Center will await the staff of registered SMEs participating in the program on several occasions each week for two years in groups of 8 to 10. During the general presentation of the technology shift related to the fourth industrial revolution, experts of the center will use demos to provide a more detailed overview of several key areas, including autonomous or sensitive robots, and digital twins for aiding design. Visitors may view the interactive production planning simulation, virtual deployment, production process control, etc. The technology center has been constructed within the framework of the 4.0 Modern Factories project with the aid of partner companies. Visitors can also obtain background materials related to the technology on display. The visit to the center is free of charge for SMEs registered in the program.
“Sample factories”, selected at the end of last year, demonstrate the practical use of Industry 4.0 technologies, Sample factories include SMEs and large corporations, process based and discrete production, like the Roto Elzett Certa Vasalatgyártó és Kereskedelmi Kft., the Budapest factory of Continental, Eltec, a manufacturer of cable harnesses, Festo-AM Kft as well as Macher Zrt , an electromechanical company. However, the Technological Center tries to mostly focus on the technologies themselves and not on the companies.
Themes of the Technological Center
Amongst others, the following solutions are demonstrated at the Industry 4.0 technological center:
- Autonomous robots - Forklifts are used to move materials in a large proportion of small and medium manufacturing enterprises. This is one area that may be made more efficient in the future by using robots or self-driving vehicles. The model constructed represents a factory site, where workpieces are transported between buildings by self-driving transport vehicles.
- Logistics AGV - The system demonstrates how an automatic localization system working in a logistical environment can be used to keep track of objects, and how the information gained in this manner can be used to decrease the losses experienced during processes and to improve their efficiency.
- Collaborative robots - When automated, robot based solutions are also capable of dynamically changing assembly tasks in cooperation with humans. At the center, a sample assembly task is used to demonstrate the gesture controlled and manual corrections performed by human operators.
- Digital twin - Significant cost efficiency can be achieved by using this technology, for example when designing production tools by creating their virtual model. Using the digital twin of the manipulator, robots programs can be created interactively for various applications. The programs created can be verified immediately, as they can be run on the virtual model of the digital twin.
- Interactive production planning simulation - Automation helps industrial players to process the information coming from their production lines quickly and efficiently. This makes it possible to manage delays resulting from machine down times, as well as internal failures or those of the suppliers. The high volume of immediately available data and the simulation and scheduling software used for processing it make it possible to reschedule production processes. The solution demonstrated also provides information on how digital production simulation and scheduling software works.
- Manufacturing process control - The palette station provides a demonstration of the three-axle manipulators primarily used in the chemical industry, food industry, and automotive industry. These perform various tasks, such as loading, sorting, of manufacturing—3D printing, loading machines, milling machine.
- Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) - These technologies play a significant role during the digitalization of corporate processes. Virtual technologies extent the workers’ ability so that they can perform more at a higher speed and with more predictability during their working hours. This may be one of the shortest paths to productivity for industrial enterprises.
- IoT (Internet of Things) production management - The solution highlights how data should be collected from manufacturing devices based on various technologies into a manufacturing control system where production monitoring, analysis, and optimization is performed. During the demo, the industrial robot loads products at a high speed from a stationary location to another stationary location. The data collection process uses the IoT platform of T-Systems Hungary. The message indicating the start and the end of the cycle is transferred from the platform to the Cloudberry production monitoring system through a traditional REST interface.
The article was first published in Maschinenmarkt International: