Today the industry needs an automation with many aspects which are useful to them in various ways such as compatibility to Industry 4.0 concept, faster and easier communication and common platform protocols.
Also, it is equally important for the industry to have technology and products which should be having possibility to connect through digital platforms.
Need Of Digitalisation in Industry
We are living in a time when a simple idea can change virtually everything. Entire markets are being revolutionised by the need for perfect fit of mechanical, electrical systems along with artificial intelligence. With Industry 4.0, people, machines, and industrial processes are networked on the basis of cyber-physical systems using state-of-the-art information and communication technology. The intelligent exchange and interpretation of data determine the entire life cycle of a product from the idea to development, production, use, maintenance, and recycling.
Extensive use of digitalised platforms has made possible to work seamlessly without human interference. However, many jobs in production at factories are location bound but the basic principles of Industry 4.0 will make mobile working possible in industrial production of the future. The Pandemic has enhanced the need for digitalisation worldwide.
Many companies suddenly faced a different market behaviour. Large volumes, changing demands and time bound delivery commitments have made companies to review their production processes and make it more flexible and productive. Here, digitalisation automation technology provides the remedy. Components that are intelligently networked independently, self-configuring and thus plug and produce capable, enable the systems to meet changing requirements faster.
Digitalisation at Festo:
Sighting the need for digitalisation, Festo launched its digital programme in 2016 the concentration was on digital developments such as cloud computing, analytics and artificial intelligence for the evaluation of large amounts of data. IT security plays a central role in all of this.
As part of the digitalisation process, Festo is directing its products and services towards the smart production of the future 'Going digital'.
Therefore, we at Festo provide products, technologies and services which can partner with our customers and industries and provide a collaboration for digital platform.
Products such as digitally intelligent sensors and valve terminals provide the bases to the automation technology, where it works on the IO-LINK platform and provide all important data to be transfered to the network of automation.
Electrical actuators such as Simplified Motion
Series (SMS) are the solution which has integrated actuator Motor and controller which supports IO-LINK and can provide a complete actuation solution at field level. This is easy to commission, reduce operating costs and provides cost effective solution.
Digitised Pneumatics: Festo Motion Terminal
The Motion Terminal VTEM is opening up radical new dimensions in the world of automation, as it is the world’s first valve to be controlled by apps. The first product to truly earn the label 'Digitised Pneumatics'. For a multitude of functions that currently require more than 50 components. Festo Motion Terminal provides excellent programability and precise function to field level objectives with high level of functional flexibility in the module and compatible communication possibility to clouds to upload and transfer the data though IOT gateways.
AI is the key to the Industry world of tomorrow
Artificial Intelligence is changing the face of production processes and will enhance in future. It will enable the production processes to work efficiently, predict the functionalities of the field components, forecast the failure and thus by predictive maintanance, reduce the downtimes to increase the productivity drastically.
Making good use of AI, Festo is currently focusing above all on AI assessments 'on edge', in other words directly on the component, or on location within a production network. This saves costs, ensures real-time assessments and avoids latencies.
With the Festo IoT Gateway and Festo AX, existing production plants can be made AI-capable without major intervention. Algorithms and models can be updated directly on a device without modifying the PLC, independently of the computer capacity or the free resources of the PLC.
Festo makes customers ready for Energy-efficient production:
Reducing carbon footprint of a production processes and energy saving have become need of an hour for the industry. Today industry needs technologies and products which not only saves cost of energy but also provide smart maintenance possiblities which further enhances the productivity of the process. Digitalisation is an important pioneer in the transformation of industrial production to be climate-neutral.
Digitisation product like Festo Motion terminal and Festo E2M helps increasing the energy efficiency. Festo Energy efficiency module (E2M), for example, is a combination of maintenance device, sensor technology and field bus communication. It automatically detects leaks and automatically monitors and controls compressed air consumption.
Smartenance : Keeps Maintenance Simple
Digital Maintenance Management
Production managers can monitor all systems centrally on a dashboard and can see at a glance what tasks need to be completed urgently or what feedback colleagues provided on the maintenance tasks
Smartenance is the new way of managing preventive maintenance which is otherwise time consuming. The digital app which is used through smartphone mobile or tablet can be able to provide you all the data and status of your production line on your screen. This makes maintenance faster, easier and more reliable.
Production managers can monitor all systems centrally on a dashboard and can see at a glance what tasks need to be completed urgently or what feedback colleagues provided on the maintenance tasks.
The ability to integrate shifts improves planning and makes it more flexible.
Existing maintenance tasks can be easily suspended during holidays or shutdown periods. Reminders, feedback and documentation at once on your device.
Hence, the products and technologies in field level components such as sensors, electrical actuators, Festo Motion Terminals, IOT Gate ways, E2M type of energy saving modules and digital smartenance will enable to communicate all the data and information to clouds for processing and provide smart way of producing and proactively maintaining the production lines.