Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Smart Manual Workstations Deliver More Flexible Production

04.04.2017
  • The SmartFactoryKL Industrie 4.0 production plant demonstrates closer interaction between operators, manual workstations, and production modules
  • Smart manual workstations offer improved operator-assistance via Plug & Playproduction

The Industrie 4.0 production plant on display by the SmartFactoryKL partner consortium shows a manual workstation with improved Human-Machine Interaction at the Hannover Messe 2017. This interaction is achieved with an IT structure more closely integrated with the production plant.


A manual workstation in the Industrie 4.0 production plant of the SmartFactoryKL partner consortium demonstrates improved Human-Machine Interaction. This allows for a more flexible production set-up

©SmartFactoryKL / C. Arnoldi

Furthermore, the manual workstation features an assistance system with intuitive controls. The Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) will present this advanced development project in cooperation with 18 contributing partner companies at the Hannover Messe from April 24 to 28, 2017, in Hall 8 / Booth D20.

The manual workstation is an advanced version that has been closely integrated with the assembly plant to enable flexible production of a customized product; in this case, a business card holder. Similar to the automated production modules, the manual workstation also communicates via OPC UA. Consequently, the production modules can be directly linked to the manual workstation.

They are physically connected by an autonomous guided vehicle (AGV) that transports the product being manufactured back and forth between the manual workstation and the various machines. The destination of a part is automatically selected according to its production plan and machine availability.

Assistance system with intuitive user interface

An operator at the manual workstation receives order summaries on a display with an easy-to-operate user interface (UI). The UI has been redesigned to enable the "docking" of the AGV to the manual workstation.

The operator confirms delivery of a product from the AGV and can even request a product from the AGV on the UI. This enables the operator to actively influence the processing order. The new design provides the great benefit of a flexible and requirements-based production: fully automated, semi-automated/partially manual, or fully manual.  

Easy control of the manual workstation using Plug & Play

Various parts for the customized business card holder, such as the different covers or clips, are stored in assigned containers at the manual workstation, where the operator picks and assembles them into the individual product. The container system is mounted on load cells equipped with a cyber-physical system (CPS) that automatically calculates the current fill level of each container based on weight.

The data generated in this way, for example, facilitates inventory warehousing or can give evidence of wrong material use or even theft. Additionally, each container is outfitted with an RFID chip for identification.

In the next development step of the manual workstation, the "Plug & Play" concept will be implemented on the load cell level. Thus, when a container is placed on the load cell, the system will automatically recognize it thanks to its RFID chip and adjust the production process accordingly.

Further development of assembly assistance systems promises great opportunities for the operator as the installation of manual workstations becomes increasingly simple. The aim is to provide intuitive user assistance systems that do not require any special IT skills. The necessary IT structures run completely in the background and remain invisible to the operator. The use of modern technology enables the operator to easily control and adapt the plant during operations. This results in flexible production, curtesy of the intuitive control of the assembly assistance system.

"Successful Human-Machine Interaction reflects the basic concepts of Industrie 4.0: flexible, fast, and simple adjustment of the production plant to quickly accommodate individual customer requirements," said Professor Dr.-Ing. Detlef Zuehlke, Chairman of the Board of Management of SmartFactoryKL and Director of the Research Department Innovative Factory Systems at DFKI.

Partners in the SmartFactoryKL Industrie 4.0 production plant network are: Belden/Hirschmann, Bosch Rexroth, CISCO, EPLAN Software & Service, Festo, HARTING, IBM, iTAC, LAPP KABEL, METTLER TOLEDO, MiniTec, PHOENIX CONTACT, Pilz, proALPHA, TE Connectivity, TÜV SÜD, Weidmüller, and Wibu-Systems.

Press Contact:

Dr. Haike Frank
Head of Public Relations
Technology Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V.
Trippstadter Straße 122
67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
+49 631/20575-3406
frank@smartfactory.de

Christian Heyer
DFKI Corporate Communications Kaiserslautern
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Trippstadter Straße 122
67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
uk-kl@dfki.de


About the Technology Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V.

The Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V., founded in 2005 as a non-profit association, is an Industrie 4.0 network of industrial and research partners who jointly carry out projects regarding the factory of the future. SmartFactoryKL is a manufacturer-independent demonstration and research platform which is unique in the world. Here, innovative information and communications technologies and their application are tested and developed in a realistic, industrial production environment. The technology initiative, supported by the active participation of its members, has already established pragmatic solutions, first products and common standards. SmartFactoryKL intensively cooperates with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern and was appointed Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Kaiserslautern (SME 4.0 Competence Center) by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in 2016.

Weitere Informationen:

http://www.smartfactory.de
http://www.dfki.de

Udo Urban | Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, DFKI

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht NASA CubeSat to test miniaturized weather satellite technology
10.11.2017 | NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

nachricht New approach uses light instead of robots to assemble electronic components
08.11.2017 | The Optical Society

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Nanoparticles help with malaria diagnosis – new rapid test in development

The WHO reports an estimated 429,000 malaria deaths each year. The disease mostly affects tropical and subtropical regions and in particular the African continent. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC teamed up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and the Institute of Tropical Medicine at the University of Tübingen for a new test method to detect malaria parasites in blood. The idea of the research project “NanoFRET” is to develop a highly sensitive and reliable rapid diagnostic test so that patient treatment can begin as early as possible.

Malaria is caused by parasites transmitted by mosquito bite. The most dangerous form of malaria is malaria tropica. Left untreated, it is fatal in most cases....

Im Focus: A “cosmic snake” reveals the structure of remote galaxies

The formation of stars in distant galaxies is still largely unexplored. For the first time, astron-omers at the University of Geneva have now been able to closely observe a star system six billion light-years away. In doing so, they are confirming earlier simulations made by the University of Zurich. One special effect is made possible by the multiple reflections of images that run through the cosmos like a snake.

Today, astronomers have a pretty accurate idea of how stars were formed in the recent cosmic past. But do these laws also apply to older galaxies? For around a...

Im Focus: Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Just because someone is smart and well-motivated doesn't mean he or she can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face matching.

That is the implication of a new study which shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people's visual ability and that these...

Im Focus: Novel Nano-CT device creates high-resolution 3D-X-rays of tiny velvet worm legs

Computer Tomography (CT) is a standard procedure in hospitals, but so far, the technology has not been suitable for imaging extremely small objects. In PNAS, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) describes a Nano-CT device that creates three-dimensional x-ray images at resolutions up to 100 nanometers. The first test application: Together with colleagues from the University of Kassel and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht the researchers analyzed the locomotory system of a velvet worm.

During a CT analysis, the object under investigation is x-rayed and a detector measures the respective amount of radiation absorbed from various angles....

Im Focus: Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer

The quantum world is fragile; error correction codes are needed to protect the information stored in a quantum object from the deteriorating effects of noise. Quantum physicists in Innsbruck have developed a protocol to pass quantum information between differently encoded building blocks of a future quantum computer, such as processors and memories. Scientists may use this protocol in the future to build a data bus for quantum computers. The researchers have published their work in the journal Nature Communications.

Future quantum computers will be able to solve problems where conventional computers fail today. We are still far away from any large-scale implementation,...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Ecology Across Borders: International conference brings together 1,500 ecologists

15.11.2017 | Event News

Road into laboratory: Users discuss biaxial fatigue-testing for car and truck wheel

15.11.2017 | Event News

#Berlin5GWeek: The right network for Industry 4.0

30.10.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Previous evidence of water on mars now identified as grainflows

21.11.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope completes final cryogenic testing

21.11.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

New catalyst controls activation of a carbon-hydrogen bond

21.11.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>