Embracing Industry 4.0
Revolutionising Manufacturing and Beyond
Amplifying Industry 4.0 Experience for Precise, Profitable Solutions
This compelling case study delves into the journey of revamping a high-profile distribution centre nestled in North Rocks, Sydney, that resulted from a collaboration between Open IIoT member Harry Mulder of Beckhoff Automation and Lucky Thommadura, Managing Director of Layer Seven Automation.
The COVID-19 pandemic was a major disruptor across all industries — with manufacturing as no exception. Worldwide shutdowns and key transport hub bottlenecks made it clear that Australia needed to place increased emphasis on local rather than global supply chains in order to reinforce our sovereign manufacturing capabilities.
One way to collect IoT data with an edge gateway is by using the existing Ethernet infrastructure. With most devices already communicating on an industrial Ethernet protocol, an edge gateway can gather the data on the same physical Ethernet port, but at a separate software-defined number associated to a network protocol communication.
Beckhoff’s TwinCAT Chat Client, for the TwinCAT XAE engineering environment, makes it possible to use Large Language Models (LLMs), such as ChatGPT from OpenAI, conveniently in the development of TwinCAT projects for increased productivity in control programming.
The modular, twin station high-performance fold wrapping machine for chewing gum and chocolate multipacks runs at a cycle rate of 200 pcs./minute to box and then tightly wrap with cellophane small rectangular candies such as chocolate bars and chewing gum sticks. An IO-Link equipped, modular, automatic stacker ensures reliable and efficient delivery of the cardboard packaging.
Australia has set the goal for 70% of plastic packaging to be recycled or composted by 2025, and for unnecessary single-use plastic packaging to be phased out. To help meet this target within this tight deadline, the Australian Government has introduced a grant to support the construction of large-scale plastic recycling projects.
We’re all privy to talks about smart manufacturing, smart factory, machine learning, IIOT, ITOT convergence, and so on, and many manufacturers have already embarked on their smart manufacturing journeys. Let’s take a pause and really think about it… Is it really important or is it a fad? If it is important, then why?
Predictive maintenance — to catch equipment breakdowns before they appear and reduce downtime — is becoming a priority for manufacturers. As evidence of this, Balluff was recently asked by a Melbourne manufacturer to deliver a solution that proactively manages maintenance on press tools.