Welcome to the May issue of PBSI! Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have been permeating a variety of industries in recent years. However, is the technology of interest to panel builders and what benefits are there to embracing virtual assistance?
Rittal has invested €250 million in a new, state-of-the-art smart factory that is aligned with Industry 4.0 principles. Based in Haiger, 100km north of Frankfurt, the new factory is Rittal’s largest investment in its history and will spearhead the company’s push towards digitalisation.
With a deeper understanding across the manufacturing sector of the benefits of embracing the industrial Internet of Things – coupled with a growing need for Industry 4.0 compliance – panel builders should be fully aware of current innovations in this rapidly evolving landscape.
How can manufacturing efficiency be improved? Any significant optimisation of production lines is getting increasingly difficult to achieve. Bringing smarter automation into the workplace offers an innovative solution, but it all starts with data.
Ypsomed Group, an international medical technology company, has selected HARTING as a collaborative partner in a development project. The project involves retrofitting legacy protocol plastic injection moulding machines with an integrated Industry 4.0 digital control system that is also linked with a factory-wide MES/ERP system.