Beckhoff participated at the Hanover Messe 2016, in line with this year’s lead theme ‘Discover Solutions’, focusing on IoT and Industrie 4.0. Visitors could explore the expanded Industrie 4.0 forum at the company booth. Spanning 1,000 square metres, the booth demonstrated basic technologies and ready-to-use products for the smart factory. As part of the booth for the ‘it’s OWL’ technology network, there was a demonstration of the current state of ‘Scientific Automation’ and ‘eXtreme Fast Automation’, both of which are BMBF-funded leading-edge cluster research projects. All applications with Beckhoff PC control technology are essentially ready for Industrie 4.0 today. The complete process control mappings, which can be generated from the control technology makes it easy for the user to assess the various machines and systems. Extensive Industrie 4.0 features are available at the click of a button. All of this is made possible by a variety of new products. TwinCAT Analytics provides the foundation for predictive maintenance and machine optimisation.
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