Tool technology will be indispensable for Industry 4.0

8th August 2017
Posted By : Joe Bush
Tool technology will be indispensable for Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is progressively emerging as the crucial factor in the race for leading edge technology and market shares in the future. And time is running out for the German machinery and plant manufacturers.

On one side of the world is the US, with its exceptional software competence and not least its digital entrepreneurship when it comes to new business models. On the other side of the globe is China, which with its ‘Made in China 2025’ and ‘Internet Plus’ programmes is channelling substantial resources into digital transformation. So despite the good starting position that German companies have created for themselves, they would be well advised not to rest on their laurels.

The German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association’s (VDMA) Metrological and Testing Technology and High-Precision Tools will accordingly be spot-lighting ideas and products from the Industry 4.0 environment on the VDMA stand (Hall 4 / D44) at EMO Hannover. Member companies and partners from the research community will, from 19th to 21st September, be contributing 30 brief presentations, focusing primarily on high precision tools, metrological and testing technology, research and tool data interchange.

“At the VDMA forum, we shall be aiming to show what solutions our sectors are offering in order to translate the concept of Industry 4.0 into shop-floor reality,” explained Markus Heseding, Executive Director of the two associations. “We already have a good track record with a forum of this kind, and are looking forward to a high attendance.”

Specifically, the event will be informing its participants on issues like intelligent clamping systems and how production processes can be simulated by networking tools and software, tool lifecycles monitored and costs reduced. The presentations there will elucidate how the self-monitoring machine tool support the quality assurance processes involved, or what an automated measuring cell can achieve in a production process featuring Industry 4.0.

Contributions from the companies concerned offer insights into highly sophisticated metrological technology and high precision tools for challenging tasks. The presentations will cover the advantages of standardised tool data for simulations, tool management and presetting, as well as the research work being performed at the universities.

The following companies and universities will be presented at the VDMA’s event - Cimsource, Diatest, Emuge, Etalon, Fagor Automation, Fraisa, Gühring, Haimer-Microset, Hainbuch, Iscar, Kelch, Mahr, Mimatic, Oberndorfer Präzisions-Werk, OSG, Römheld, Sandvik, Tekon Prüftechnik, pro-micron, Vargus, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology in Aachen, GFE-Schmalkalden, Bremen University, TU Dortmund, Bayreuth University.

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