piSMART® vacuum technology will offer simulation software and real-time adjustments.
Taby, Sweden – In a bid to make vacuum technology ready for the smart future of Industry 4.0, Piab is including new simulation and settings tools in new piSMART® products. Pre-set settings will allow for real-time adjustments, and customised software will enable simulation of new production components such as, for instance, new suction cups.
Piab's piSMART® vacuum technology products will enable a new level of digital communication and internet connectivity. This makes it possible for producers to store specific production data or "recipes" that include exactly the right operational settings for a variety of equipment and machinery. This will in turn guarantee sustained maximised productivity following stops for maintenance or exchange of machine parts. Re-runs can also be made using exactly the same settings as during the first run. The ability to use such accurate pre-set settings provides an excellent opportunity for real-time adjustments of single or multiple settings without a major reset of the entire system.
The inclusion of the generic and fieldbus-independent input/output technology IO-Link, already offered in Piab's premium all-in-one vacuum ejector series piCOMPACT®, and Bluetooth will also facilitate software-based simulation of new components or procedures. Such simulations can increase the efficiency of, for instance, vacuum pumps and it is estimated that a 5 to 20 percent more efficient pump would result in a productivity gain of up to 10 percent.
To make it as easy as possible for customers to apply this new technology Piab is working with third party apps for platforms offering open, cloud-based IoT operating systems that enables the connection of machines and physical infrastructure to the digital world.
With piSMART®, Piab continues to build on a commitment to Industry 4.0, getting an increasing number of its most advanced vacuum technology products equipped for the smart factories of the future.
Piab provides smart solutions for the automated world, helping thousands of end users and machine producers in e-commerce logistics, food, pharma, automotive and other manufacturing industries to improve energy-efficiency, productivity and working environments. With 430 employees and SEK 1bn in sales 2017, Piab is a global organization, serving customers in almost 70 countries from a network of subsidiaries and distributors. By leveraging the ongoing technological development in automation and robotics, and targeting high-growth segments and geographies, Piab's vision is to become the global leader in gripping and moving solutions.
Häla El Sheemy Washbrook, Vice President Marketing and Communications Manager
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