18 July 2019 
4 May 2019

IFFA to show latest solutions for smart factory approaches

At this year’s IFFA, a considerable amount of space is devoted to the optimisation of production processes. The examples of best practice on show at the trade fair offer trade visitors a host of valuable hints in this regard, together with assistance in making relevant decisions.

Photo: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition / Jochen GüntherPhoto: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition / Jochen Günther
Optimising production processes is increasingly based on digitalisation and interlinked networks.
In the “smart factory”, products and individual machines spread throughout the factory must communicate with one another and organise, regulate and monitor themselves. One of the basic requirements for this is the ready availability, at all times, of status data on products, machinery and drive mechanisms, bearings and so on. This task is undertaken by so-called “smart sensors”. As well as the actual sensor itself, which captures the magnitude of the relevant parameter, they include integrated micro-processors for processing and analysing the signals.

Alongside traditional parameters such as temperature, power usage, torque and pressure, they also record gases and microbial contamination. Traditional maintenance at fixed intervals or at a given number of hours of operation usually takes place too early, for reasons of safety, and thus shortens unnecessarily the running time of still perfectly serviceable components such as drives, shafts and bearings. As a result, companies lose both money and valuable resources. Mechanical damage does not just appear from nowhere. It makes itself known well in advance with unusual noises, vibrations that suddenly appear, or temperature increases, as well as increased power consumption and the like.

These changes can be picked up with the help of intelligent sensors in real time, monitored online and assessed, using appropriate CMS (Condition Monitoring Software). This makes it possible to target maintenance more specifically and provides valuable information on further possible optimisation of machinery and plant.



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