Fagor Automation is introducing new integrated automation solutions including CNCs, which are well prepared for Industry 4.0. These CNCs are in charge of compiling data from the various sensors, either inside the CNC and drives or outside, such as, accelerometers, power or energy meters, etc, transforming all the data received to be processed later, sending the data to the plant servers or to the cloud and receiving instructions, programs and algorithms from the servers. Utilising the enhanced power of CNCs, an OEM or user can develop new Industry 4.0 features to increase the added value of their machines. Some possibilities that can be implemented are maintenance, troubleshooting, control and monitoring of energy consumption and human-machine-interface.
Condition-based maintenance uses all the information of the sensors to suggest that a component needs to be replaced. In addition, since the CNC is an active system, periodic tests can be programmed to run machine test programs and collect information on power, alignments, accuracy, acceleration, vibration, etc. This concept can be extended with the new communication possibilities that allow the safe transmission of test data to the cloud.
In the event that the machine experiences a fault, all data previously provided by the machine, along with the last events recorded before the fault, is useful in resolving the fault, thus reducing both the diagnostic and the machine downtime. Additionally, the combined experience of similar machines or components available on the web can guide the operators in resolving the incident. This data may help in determining the type of diagnosis to run, provide solution to the problem or a direct contact to technical support.
Energy control from the CNC can be achieved by communicating with the PLC and optimising the operation of various machine components based on the experience of other similar machines. The updated energy policies can be downloaded and integrated in to the PLC routines. Advent of powerful smartphones and tablets allows access to information at all times. CNC 8065 with its widely open configuration can easily interact with such devices, hence information flow becomes seamless.