PC-based control: the universal control platform for woodworking
Beckhoff Italia presents a cycle of “journeys” into the world of automation to learn about PC-based technologies and solutions applied in different fields of the manufacturing industry.
The first tour will take place on October 7 at 10.00 a.m., an hour in which Daniele Bernini, Area Sales Manager at Beckhoff Italia, will talk about the convergence between IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) as an essential requirement of Smart Manufacturing and in particular of the wood industry.
This session presents an overview of Beckhoff Automation’s universal technologies applied to woodworking and PC-based control solutions in the context of Industry 4.0.
The topic of automation has been a central focus of the woodworking industry for years, becoming the core between production efficiency and the integration of machinery in the context of Industry 4.0: the concepts of “Smart Factory” and “networked production” refer to intelligent, networked production systems that provide innovative solutions for the entire production chain in the woodworking industry.
With PC-based control, Beckhoff provides the core technology to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0.
In the wood industry, customer demands in terms of colours, shapes, haptic properties and materials are becoming more and more individual. This presents major challenges for manufacturers, particularly in high-wage countries: the growing product variety, small batch sizes and short lead times have to be managed competitively, i.e. at costs that are comparable to mass production and with rapid availability, while at the same time focusing on optimized resource and energy efficiency.
The solution is provided by networked, intelligent production systems with a high degree of automation, i.e. a control concept that leverages the increasing convergence of information and automation technology and enables seamless communication. The solution is possible with the use of intelligent, networked production systems with a high degree of automation, i.e. a control concept that takes advantage of the increasing convergence of information technology and automation and enables seamless communication.
Industry 4.0 increases the flexibility, efficiency, and sustainability of production through the networking of products, production resources and facilities along the global value creation chain. Here, PC-based control technology from Beckhoff is a key enabler: The PC as a control platform with open communication interfaces provides the prerequisites for an optimal implementation of the vertical and horizontal integration required for Industry 4.0 and the networked production.
With PC-based control, it is already possible to seamlessly integrate production systems and modules into existing and new production systems, and to communicate with these and with higher-level production planning and control levels on secure channels. In this way, it is possible to adapt ongoing operations to changes in order planning or the production process. TwinCAT 3 automation software provides the required modularity, object orientation and integrated engineering throughout the whole product lifecycle.
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Every step in the woodworking process can be controlled using PC-based control technology from Beckhoff.