Advanced big data analysis tools for improved productivity is the next step for piCOMPACT®.
Taby, Sweden – With the fourth industrial revolution looming, Piab is seeking to boost their vacuum technology solutions further by providing smart sensor data to cloud-based big data tools for predictive analysis and simulation. Such highly interconnected services will form the basis for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) that will underpin the smart factories of Industry 4.0. Resting on four core principles – interoperability, information transparency, technical assistance and decentralised decisions – Industry 4.0 is expected to optimise energy-efficiency and productivity.
Piab's premium all-in-one vacuum ejectors piCOMPACT®23 and piCOMPACT®10X are already enabling on-board intelligence with self-optimising features. Available with the generic and fieldbus-independent input/output technology IO-Link, the vacuum ejector offers sensor data output and actuator communication for real-time distributed control systems.
”But it is time to take things to the next level. Communication links, fieldbuses and PLCs (programmable logic controllers) represent the basic process control level. Just as with IoT (Internet of Things) for smart consumer products, we need to add another service level of sensor data to support the big data tools. Scalable data and analysis systems allow the swift and effective management of big data to create smart data,” says Josef Karbassi, Vice President of Piab's Automation Division.
A separate communication layer, directly from sensors and components such as piCOMPACT®, is needed to offer a link to the ”cloud”, providing on-demand access to huge amounts of valuable data, and piCOMPACT® is being prepared for this. The smart output data will assist operators and can be used to automate or accelerate decisions regarding maintenance, performance adjustments and quality, and to fine-tune autonomous functions on components such as Piab's piCOMPACT®.
Established in 1951, Piab designs innovative vacuum solutions that improve the energy-efficiency, productivity, and working environments of vacuum users around the world. As a reliable partner to many of the world's largest manufacturers, Piab develops and manufactures a complete line of vacuum pumps, vacuum accessories, vacuum conveyors and suction cups for a variety of automated material handling and factory automation processes. Piab utilizes COAX®, a completely new dimension in vacuum technology, in many of its original products and solutions. COAX® cartridges are smaller, more energy efficient and more reliable than conventional ejectors, and can be integrated directly into machinery. This allows for the design of a flexible, modular vacuum system. In 2016, Piab completed two strategically important acquisitions, Kenos® and Vaculex. Piab is a worldwide organization with subsidiaries and distributors in almost 70 countries. Its headquarters are in Sweden.
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