Source: Mitsubishi Electric FA EU

At the EMO exhibition in Hannover, visitors to Mitsubishi Electric’s stands can experience how to benefit from ongoing digitalisation at a manufacturing level. 

The theme “e‑F@ctory – pushing business further” covers a wide range of technologies aligned to current challenges in the machine building sector. All exhibits will show how connected production can be achieved using the e‑F@ctory concept which enables various product technologies to be easily integrated into an IoT-based surrounding.

In terms of control, the CNC M800 and the C80 series provide flexible expandability when it comes integration into different machine tool types. Furthermore, the new C80 CNC series features a separate MES interface module which transmits data for further processing to ERP and business management levels. This can be realized by the MELSEC iQ‑R PLC Series platform which provides users with more flexibility for the integration of different control unit types such as the Mitsubishi Electric C Controller or Robot Controller.

Edge computing technology plays an important role by pre-processing data to enable transfer to the cloud. One exhibit includes human interaction with a Mitsubishi Electric robot to demonstrate a smart predictive maintenance system. Using Augmented Reality glasses and the Watson AI Platform in the IBM Cloud visitors can visualize virtual robot components live in order to improve preventative maintenance practices. In addition to this, the robot can be operated by voice control.

Another live demonstration of a smart service Human Orientated Monitoring and Training project undertaken with the Fraunhofer Institute (IPT) will show how the modern machine operator can interact and learn more quickly using connected technology. Smart glasses and tablets are employed to interact with a CNC machine via Mitsubishi Electric’s latest CNC controller.

Visitors can experience Mitsubishi Electric’s e-F@ctory concept of connected production systems, from the latest CNC controllers to PLCs, Robots and EDM machines at hall 13 / stand C85 and hall 25 / stand B94.

Source: Mitsubishi Electric FA EU