The new CNC300ECO controller from ProCom is not only smaller, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor, but also easier to operate, and it makes cutting processes fit for Industry 4.0. This solution offers added value for laser, plasma, knife-edge and waterjet cutting. Current and future Industry 4.0 requirements can be met with the integrated OPC-UA interface, the Clouver gateway integrated into the CNC controller, mutual gigabit-LAN interfaces, and EtherCAT communications with sensors, actuators and drives.

Gains in functionality are accompanied by gains in user friendliness. The software solution ergoCAM allows for more intuitive work preparation and enhances quality and productivity while minimizing cutting scrap. Also the usability of the CNC operations and programming by ProCom moved to the next level. To mention just one advantage: For each operational step in ergoCNC, operators see only the views and functions relevant to their current activity. This clarity enables straightforward, intuitive operation even by untrained personnel. Moreover, tight coupling with the Clouver Industry 4.0 solution helps operators recognize relevant operational states faster and diagnose possible faults more easily. Support for touch displays, optional integration of mobile terminals and the associated remote control capability round out the list of features.

Visit ProCom at SPS IPC Drives, 11/27-29/2018 in Nuremberg, Booth 6-150H

The CNC300ECO controller was created within a BMBF sponsored project in which ProCom, another controller vendor, three machine manufacturers and two institutes of the Technical University of Aachen developed “multimodal, task-oriented operating systems for flexible and user-centric human-machine interaction on production machines” (MaxiMMI).

Clouver gives machine manufacturers the chance to offer their customers added value and increase machine availability. The IoT solution for Industry 4.0 implements this by collecting important production data in real time, stores it in the cloud, and makes it available for evaluation. An essential functionality from Clouver for manufacturers is the new Maintenance Monitor. It provides the basis for condition-oriented servicing. By using the operating hours count, the oil level, or other criteria specified by the machine manufacturer, it determines the optimum time for the next service. Servicing and maintenance are therefore easier to plan and more cost-effective to the machine owner than with fixed maintenance intervals. Machine users also benefit from reduced downtimes.

The Maintenance Monitor provides the ability to define warning and alarm thresholds and transmits corresponding information via neat dashboards or through other channels. This creates additional reliability. In addition, machine manufacturers can use Clouver to compare machines of the same type with one another or to monitor prototypes. For detailed analyses, the measurement data from arbitrary sensors can be recorded alongside conventional usage data, for example in order to visualize vibrations, consumption, or wear and tear, as well as to analyze trends.

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ProCom at SPS IPC Drives, 11/27-29/2018 in Nuremberg, Booth 6-150H

For the SPS IPC Drives trade fair, ProCom presents its hardware and software solution for laser, knife-edge, plasma, and waterjet cutting machines. The solution consists of drives, a CNC controller, software, and an IoT component. With this complete package, manufacturers can increase the utility of their machines and provide end customers with additional services such as predictive maintenance, analysis of the machine fleet, and recommendations for measures to increase productivity. Development teams can benefit from the ProCom solution, as the monitoring of prototypes during field testing can be improved and user behavior analyzed in greater detail.

Main components of the solution are the CNC300ECO controller and an intuitive software package optimized for diverse cutting processes, especially laser cutting, and the Clouver cloud-based Industry 4.0 solution. The latter links up the production process with its digital image providing the transparency required for business models such as “pay per use”.
Visitors can experience the interaction of the controller, software, and Clouver at the ProCom stand (Hall 6, Booth 6-150H) while applying their data. Anyone who brings a DXF file can follow via Webcam as a 2D portal machine in Aachen runs through the required movements with a laser pointer. Clouver consecutively evaluates the process and provides key parameters and statistics needed for greater productivity, longer machine service life, and state-based maintenance.

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How productivity can be increased, competitiveness promoted and flexibility increased will be the topic of the “IoT Day” on 16 October 2018 in Kulmbach. The event, which ProCom is organising with the support of Innovation Centre Region Kronach e.V., is aimed at managing directors, production managers and IT managers from the cutting industry and related sectors. The Network Forum focuses on the new opportunities offered by Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.
At the conference, well known speakers from industry and research will present their views and insights on Industry 4.0: Dr. Bastian Halecker, Managing Director and founder of Nestim GmbH, will report on how smart IoT solutions can create new markets. Heinz-Joachim Schulte, founder of the OEE Institute, explains the importance of productivity measurement. Philipp Blanke from the Machine Tool Laboratory at RWTH Aachen University and Josef Klein, Head of the Technology Centre at Hugo Boss, will address various aspects of the application of digital solutions. Özhan Oguz, Principal Business Development at Bosch Rexroth, will round off the conference part with his lecture on the factory of the future. The event will be complemented by afternoon workshops on Industry 4.0, followed by the closing speech by Prof. Dr. Gunther Herr, founder and managing director of the WOIS Institute. He will explain how companies can improve their competitive position through disruptive business models and digitization.

The ProCom IoT Day is an event of ProCom GmbH, supported by the Innovation Centre Region Kronach e.V.

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ProCom at METAV, 20.-24. February 2018 in Düsseldorf, hall 14, booth A107 at the Innovation Park of IndustryArena GmbH

METAV trade fare presents ProCom automation, the new
IoT-solution for industry 4.0 in the cutting industry: Clouver.

Clouver targets both machine manufacturers and producers, who wish to offer their customers surplus value and to assure their future sustainability through developing their industry 4.0 adaptability.

interlinks production with its digital image, creating transparency at all levels of your company. Enabling you to analyze production processes, identify hidden production costs and bottlenecks in advance. With Clouver service of machines and the optimization of running production is made significantly easier. During the cutting process, Clouver collects specific technical as well as economic data in real time, merging it with other applications of customers and compacting it with other relevant data; at any moment in the process each one involved will receive custom-fit information specific to a field of work. In short:

Clouver offers local storage of data as well as the opportunity to file and analyze selected cloud based data through its edge-option. In this way, Clouver-users may at any time determine who can access which data at which time and to which degree of detail.

Enabling Clouver-users to further their own production processes or those of their clients, to offer added value, to develop cloud based business models, yet guaranteeing maximum data security at the same time.

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