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Interaction between Sensor Technology and the Data Cloud3D-Scan and production in lot size one with Connected Customisation

At the Pepperl+Fuchs stand, visitors to Hannover Messe can view their likeness as a digital image and experience production in lot size one. Visitors can scan themselves in 3-D and have the image printed on the front page of a trade fair magazine.

With the help of a digital twin, the production process on a sheet metal bending machine will be simulated and the results used live for optimisation in response to the differing properties of various raw materials.

As part of its “Solutions Park”, Pepperl+Fuchs is presenting two new exhibits at the trade fair, in which integrated processes in line with Industry 4.0 standards will be demonstrated in real time.

With the company's “Connected Customisation” concept, production in lot size one can be experienced at first hand: Visitors at the trade fair will be scanned in 3-D from head to toe by six 2-D LiDAR sensors from the R2000 series.

The contour data will then be available in a standard data format for further processing across the world on the NeoNeon cloud run by Neoception, a subsidiary of Pepperl+Fuchs. At the show, the data will be converted into an image and printed onto the cover of a personalised trade fair magazine, but it can also be used as the basis for producing a 3-D image anywhere in the world.

With the “Digital Twin” concept, visitors to the stand can configure their chosen product from a piece of sheet metal. As part of the demonstration, the data will be transferred to one of Austrian manufacturer Salvagnini's sheet metal bending machines, which will immediately start production of the individual product.

To make this possible in lot size one without bending tests, the process must be optimised for each batch of material since the bending properties of sheet metal can vary significantly. To do this, the behaviour of the actual metal sheet is analysed at the beginning of the bending process and aligned with a digital twin of the metal and the bending machine developed by the Linz Center of Manufacturing (LCM). The adjustment parameters are then calculated and transferred to the machine during the on-going bending process.

The machine is equipped with inductive positioning systems and ultrasonic sensors made by Pepperl+Fuchs. For quality control purposes, the contour of the finished product is checked with a light section sensor from the SmartRunner Matcher series.

Pepperl+Fuchs is one of the world´s leading providers of industrial sensors and explosion protection. Based on an intense dialogue with our customers for more than 70 years we continue to develop new components and solutions, which support their applications the best way possible.

For the landmark topic Industrie 4.0 (Industrial Internet of Things) we develop innovative technologies that pave the way to the digital networked production and to data transfer across all hierarchy levels – even beyond companies´ boundaries.

Industrial sensors: focus on the market

Market-specific solutions dominate an extensive portfolio of industrial sensors that covers all applications the market requires from today´s automation technology. From the inductive and capacitive to the photoelectrical and highly precise ultrasonic sensors, identification systems and many more Pepperl+Fuchs offers all current operating principles in a broad variety.

Sensorik4.0® provides sensor technology for Industrie 4.0. Our technologies enable sensors without difficulty to communicate horizontally within the production process and to exchange data vertically – even into higher-level information systems such as MES or ERP.

Process interfaces: secure applications

Components and technologies for use in hazardous areas are designed to fit the most specific requirements in the industries we serve. They guarantee maximum availability at maximum safety. Isolated barriers, signal isolators, remote I/O or fieldbus systems, HMIs and many other technologies offer solutions for a wide range of applications including certified packaged solutions and all types of explosion protection.

Ex-Protection4.0 brings digital networked Industrie 4.0-production structures to process industries. With concept studies like Ethernet for Process Automation integrated communication throughout all levels of an automation system via Ethernet becomes feasible – for the first time ever even down to the filed level.

Pepperl+Fuchs Ltd
77 Ripponden Road
Oldham, Lancashire OL1 4EL
Phone: +44 161 622 6308
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Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH
Lilienthalstraße 200
D-68307 Mannheim, Germany
Telefon: +49 621 776-1111
Fax: +49 621 776 -271111
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Irmtraud SCHMITT
Phone: +49 621 776-1215
Fax: +49 621 776-2505
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