Smart automation solutions for machine tools enable increased productivity

In an increasingly competitive marketplace smarter machine tools can offer big advantages to production facilities such as increased flexibility, efficiency gains and reduced down-time. At EMO 2019 Mitsubishi Electric will be showing how these goals can be met with connected production systems, intelligent control systems, Edge Computing and partner solutions.

  • Intelligent Control Systems

    Faster time to market and increased production flexibility can be achieved using Mitsubishi Electric’s M8 Series CNC controllers with Direct Robot Control (DRC) functionality.

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  • Predictive Maintenance

    Preventing unscheduled downtime is one of the most effective cost reduction measures in any production environment. Mitsubishi Electric is offering practical solutions for both machine tools and robots.

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  • Connectivity

    The implementation of umati (universal machine tool interface), which enables machine tools to exchange and share information efficiently, has tremendous potential for optimising production.

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Experience it at the EMO 2019

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Plug & Play robots for machine tools increase competitiveness

Robots

Faster time to market and increased production flexibility can be achieved using Mitsubishi Electric’s M8 Series CNC controllers with Direct Robot Control (DRC) functionality. Both the large touchscreen M800 and the M80 models offer DRC as standard. It allows machine tool operators to program and use robots quickly, direct from the CNC panel without specialist robot programming expertise.

The easy integration of robots for loading and unloading, or secondary operations such as marking parts has the potential to deliver significant benefits to commercial machining operations. Mitsubishi Electric robots and models from KUKA will work seamlessly with DRC enabled controllers from Mitsubishi Electric. The CNC controller and robot are connected using high-speed Ethernet, which allows fast, convenient Plug & Play integration.

The other major benefits of on-CNC robot control are cost savings; a separate robot control unit no longer has to be purchased for example. Furthermore, robot specialists aren’t needed to alter less complex actions, as the operators can make changes to robot functions themselves by programming in G-code via the CNC.

Mitsubishi Electric is one of the top three CNC manufacturers, serving many of the world’s most successful machine tool companies, so these solutions are likely to appear soon on many shop floors. Manufacturers and machine tool operators will both benefit from robots being used for repetitive tasks on shorter production runs. More flexible operation and higher production volumes lead to improved competitiveness and the opportunity for increased profit.

Predictive maintenance solutions for machine tools reduce cost the Smart way

Robots

Preventing unscheduled downtime is one of the most effective cost reduction measures in any production environment. Mitsubishi Electric is offering practical solutions for both machine tools and robots. At EMO 2019, Mitsubishi Electric will be demonstrating two of its predictive maintenance solutions available to customers.

Mitsubishi Electric and its e-F@ctory Alliance partner Lenord + Bauer have developed an advanced condition monitoring system for machine tools. It utilises smart encoders and a direct communication interface within Mitsubishi Electric machine controllers, such as CNCs, for accurate status information that is easy to access.

Operating hours are recorded and monitored along with temperature, speed and position by the Lenord + Bauer MiniCODER range. These parameters are then used to help schedule maintenance activities by providing an early warning message when component servicing or replacement are required. The ferromagnetic measuring gear and scanning unit can record speeds of up to 100,000 revolutions per minute, making the system ideal for feedback on machine tool spindles and positioning systems.

The second solution on the stand uses AI to increase the effectiveness of predictive maintenance. The cloud-based solution using the AI platform within IBM Watson analyses operational data and can optimise maintenance regimes based on actual usage and wear characteristics. It can be applied to robots and other equipment such as machine tools.

Both smart solutions demonstrate how predictive maintenance for machine tools and robots can reduce operational costs, increase asset productivity and improve process efficiency. Visitors to the stand can speak to Mitsubishi Electric’s engineers to learn about additional predictive maintenance solutions that may also be appropriate for their applications.


Easy IT connectivity for machine tools
Mitsubishi Electric CNCs demonstrate support for umati machine tool networking technology at EMO 2019.

Connectivity

The implementation of umati (universal machine tool interface), which enables machine tools to exchange and share information efficiently, has tremendous potential for optimising production. Mitsubishi Electric, together with more than 50 machine tool manufacturers, is helping to show how the digitalisation of production can be achieved in a joint live umati demonstration during the EMO 2019 exhibition.

The networking of machines, systems and software is described as “one of the most important trends in manufacturing” by the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW). The organisation also states that “today's customers expect to be able to integrate new machines into their own IT ecosystems with no difficulty” and that umati is designed to achieve this “easily, quickly and securely”.

Using umati can help machines and devices to communicate efficiently through a one language. It offers a common interface using the international interoperability standard OPC UA. The VDW is describing umati as representing "a quantum leap in the implementation of Industry 4.0 in production."

Frederik Gesthuysen, Marketing Manager CNC, Factory Automation EMEA, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., confirms “We are supporting umati, as we believe it is an important technology and one of the key tools for realising the digitalisation of machine tools in manufacturing industry.”

M800 / M80 Series

MitsubiSHI CNC
M800/M80 Series

  • Highest productivity, ease of use and flexibility through breakthrough performance
  • Maximum ease of operation thanks to extended dialog-oriented operating aids
  • Intuitive touch operation like on a smartphone
  • Real-Time Tuning optimizes the accuracy of your machine by automatic control amplification

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