On 3rd October 2018, Beckhoff Malaysia held a Symposium on the topic of Industrie 4.0 in factory automation and demonstrated the benefits of simple, open, and standardized PC-based control technology for the latest technological advances. An audience of 181 guests, including representatives from Beckhoff and several solution partners, attended the event at the Bangsar Shopping Center venue. In an artful presentation, speakers from Beckhoff Malaysia and the Beckhoff headquarters in Verl, Germany, reflected on the development phases in industrial automation from the very beginning to the present and explained how
state-of-the-art control technology from Beckhoff makes factory automation ready for Industrie 4.0.
An accompanying exhibition showed many advanced products from the comprehensive Beckhoff portfolio, a.o. the new generation of ultra-compact Industrial PCs. These powerful devices are an excellent example of how PC-based control technology is able to combine PLC, motion control and IoT communication in just one platform and to support new applications such as big data, data mining, and condition or power monitoring. Because PC-based control is so open, flexible and equipped with interfaces to support all communication standards, it ensures the simplest possible implementation of future-oriented solutions for Industrie 4.0.
During the Beckhoff Symposium, an XTS demonstrator was proudly unveiled to show the results of a partner project on Industrie 4.0, which was implemented with the partner JKS Engineering. In the demo, an automatic material handling system consisting of an XTS conveyor system and a 6-axis articulated robot was used to process user input entered via a Windows tablet. Depending on which characters were selected by the users, the system picked and placed these characters with high speed and accuracy. All input data was relayed from the tablet to a local database and could be visualised again using other tablets.
The partner companies EPLAN, Iconix and WEG further complemented the event with a presentation of their individual solutions, which have been integrated with Beckhoff products.
A festive programme with many opportunities for discussion, entertainment and relaxation accompanied the informative event.
About Beckhoff Automation
Beckhoff implements open automation systems based on PC Control technology. The product range covers Industrial PCs, I/O and Fieldbus Components, Drive Technology and automation software. Products that can be used as separate components or integrated into a complete and seamless control system are available for all industries. The Beckhoff “New Automation Technology” philosophy represents universal and open control and automation solutions that are used worldwide in a wide variety of different applications, ranging from CNC-controlled machine tools to intelligent building automation.
About JKS Engineering
For more than a decade, JKS Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd has been the surface treatment technology solutions partner to over 100 companies in Asia, Europe, USA and Canada contributing to our core competency in precision cleaning systems. JKS is committed to partner with customers to develop optimal processes, design and build cost efficient batch or conveyor systems, be it in ultrasonic and/or spray cleaning in aqueous or hydrocarbon chemistry. They leverage their extensive expertise for the calculation, design and simulation of components and use state-of-the-art CAD/PLM solutions for that purpose.
EPLAN provides software and service solutions in the fields of electrical, automation and mechatronic engineering. The company develops one of the world’s leading design software solutions for machine and panel builders. Both standardised as well as customised interfaces to ERP and PLM/PDM systems ensure data consistency along the whole value chain. EPLAN was founded in 1984 and is part of the owner-operated Friedhelm Loh Group. For more info please visit www.eplan.com.my.
About Iconix Technology and iolace
With iolace, Iconix enables Industrie 4.0 for everyone, offering the first cloud-based industrial-graded control and monitoring automation system with fastest update rates and also offline capabilities. iolace increases the visibility and control of industrial operations such as aquaculture, wastewater treatment plants, or production lines, at a fraction of cost through real-time cloud automation solution and big data analytics. All iolace data is encrypted before transmission and is securely stored in password-protected datacentres. No major IT security and infrastructure changes are required for users. iolace is fully compatible with PC-based Control from Beckhoff. Users can choose from the full range of Beckhoff I/O terminals to integrate with iolace.
WEG is a global benchmark for electrical machines with a wide range of product lines, and automation is part of the main offering. WEG has continuously focused its business strategy on innovative solutions, always keeping up with market trends and anticipating opportunities to offer customers latest technologies and beneficial to them. WEG puts significant efforts on innovation, moving towards an IoT era. Beckhoff is one of the selected reliable solution partners, our collaboration with Beckhoff is mainly to develop latest products for data collection and storage in the cloud. WEG motor scan, for example, captures motor operation data for future development analysis and troubleshooting.