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MDA Technologies 2/2016

MDA Technologies 2/2016

COMPRESSED AIR NEWS

COMPRESSED AIR NEWS Compressed Air Technology and Industry 4.0 Although compressed air is not at the centre of the discussions concerning Industry 4.0 – production processes and automation are far more relevant here – it is affected by it. Compressed air is principally viewed as a medium for maintaining production. To this extent it is important, to always know the status of generation and treatment of compressed air in order to actively get engaged and be able to deal with problems before they occur. For when production processes are interlinked the supporting processes must also be mastered securely. This increases efficiency and reduces costs. Intelligent measurement technology and intelligent product components are required. The data from compressed air treatment units can be read via defined interfaces, the quality of the compressed air can be measured. Intelligent networking and the ability to communicate with one another are required, open interfaces in order to permit simple connection to customer systems. With this, one would be prepared for the approaching standards of Industry 4.0 and primed for the future. Rainer Stützel, Beko Technologies GmbH, Public & Corporate Relations, Neuss What is happening today under the name of Industry 4.0 has already been a reality in the compressed air and pneumatics industry for some years. As early as 2011 with Boge airstatus and the associated app we introduced a pioneering remote diagnosis tool to the marketplace, with which the entire compressed air supply can be connected in an intelligent adaptive total system (“Smart Factory”). The actual potential of this tool now however really becomes apparent to many people for the first time: The remote diagnosis tool airstatus opens whole new possibilities in the aftermarket field. Through intelligent connection of data not only we, but also our trading partners can develop new business models in the form of innovative services accompanying the products. The service partner can today recognise early on when servicing or maintenance is required. Many advantages arise from this with regards to efficiency, operational reliability and workload planning. In the end above all the end users are pleased by an ever more automated diagnosis process. Matthias Eichler, Head of Branding and Marketing Services, Boge Kompressoren, Bielefeld In the field of compressed air generation the conversion of the idea of Industry 4.0 is connected to a whole series of advantages – above all with optimum availability and the highest degree of efficiency. Networking the user’s mechanical data with the know-how at Atlas Copco makes continuous monitoring of the compressed air plant possible. The risk of breakdown is minimal, and the energy usage and with this the running costs always remain in the optimum region too. Furthermore all the efficiency parameters can be followed simply and continuously and can be documented. A prerequisite for this plus in security and efficiency is however the willingness of the company to make a part of its operating data transparent to an external service provider. It is true companies in Germany at the minute are just commencing with this, however the service described will be a requirement for supplying the digital factory of the future economically and efficiently with compressed air. Karsten Decker, Energy Manager and Systems Analyst, Atlas Copco Kompressoren und Drucklufttechnik GmbH, Essen MDA Technologies 2/2016

COMPRESSED AIR NEWS Festo takes an overall view of Industry 4.0 from different perspectives and alongside technology also includes other points of view, such as the interaction between people and technology and the subject of training and qualifications. Together with partners from economy and science Festo researches new solutions and technologies for the production of the future. Industry 4.0 compatible products are already available with OPC-UA communication interfaces such as the MPA and VTSA families of valve terminals, the CPX Terminal, or the energy efficiency module MSE6-E²M. This module can not only measure pressure/flow rate values from the compressed air network, but can evaluate the information on site, make decisions and introduce corresponding measures. Examples are: start-stop automation, automatic leak-testing and condition monitoring. In this way energy can be saved. Networking takes place via Profibus, Profinet, EtherNet/IP, Modbus/TCP or on request also via OPC-UA. Dipl.Ing. Eberhard Klotz, MBA, Manager of the Industry 4.0 campaign at Festo, Esslingen What does Industry 4.0 mean for compressed air and pneumatic technology and what is the status of developments in the industry regarding the digitisation of factories? We asked experts for their thoughts on this subject. The path to Industry 4.0 begins with your own development, in your own production and logistics. We meet the requirements for this. Up to the end of 2016 Gardner Denver will invest 10 million Euros in our factory in Simmern to extend our global centre of excellence for screwcompressors. Over and above this in Schopfheim in southern Baden for more than € 10 million a new production site is being created as a “Hotspot” of vacuum technology. Our compressors and total solutions for production of specified grades of compressed air and volume flows as well as different pumping systems for application-oriented creation of vacuums possess an ever growing number of functions through their own sensor technology and processing capability. They must work at the same level as customer production management. This meets the prerequisites of Industry 4.0, in order to achieve the flexible and secure control of compressed air and vacuums in ever increasingly individualised production with real time monitoring. New forms of customer-integrated business processes will develop, which will not be exhausted solely by the interconnection already available today through remote diagnosis for forward-looking service and maintenance to secure stable production. Industry 4.0 is the interconnection of machines and people via the internet, the digitisation and mirroring of machines and operating data in modern high-performance data-bases and their processing. With customer-focussed applications significantly improved effectiveness and efficiency of processes is achieved. The condition of machines can be monitored permanently and service measures required can be commenced before any possible breakdown. Apart from this the energy use of the machines is monitored continuously, so that corrective measures can be introduced with any anomalies. The availability necessary for modern production plants whilst at the same time saving resources could be achieved with the concepts up until now in this service without Industry 4.0 or could only be achieved to a limited extent Through Industry 4.0 unplanned breakdown times can be minimised as well as production losses being significantly reduced. Thomas Kaeser, Chairman of the Board, Kaeser Kompressoren SE, Coburg Harald Härter, Managing Direktor Central Europe, Gardner Denver, Simmern MDA Technologies 2/2016

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