Seeing Is Believing: Advantech’s Simple Solution for the Process Visualization of an Automotive Production Line
Advantech’s WebAccess/CNC technology provides enhanced production line efficiency through seamless data acquisition and visualization. The production lines of parts manufacturers for major automotive brands require cutting-edge precision and coordination. Timing is critical to maximizing their productivity, and maintaining quality control relies on a complex chain of robotic arms, sensors, and other instruments working seamlessly.
One parts manufacturer in Japan recently faced a specific problem hindering the coordination of their production lines; namely, the inability to efficiently collect and visualize data from their FUNAC CNC machines. The company needed a means of easily collecting and displaying data on power and air consumption as well as grinding wheel wear, which were to be used for machine analysis. However, the manufacturer’s in-house operations and IT engineers lacked the time and knowledge to establish an effective strategy.
WebAccess/CNC: A Solution for Seamless Integration
Advantech’s WebAccess/CNC is a software solution for the networking of CNC machines. In the case of this parts manufacturer, WebAccess/CNC allowed for the integration of the manufacturer’s entire data acquisition solution into a single package. WebAccess/CNC provides major CNC and I/O device monitoring capabilities as well as support for a range of protocols that enable the connection of common industrial devices and PLCs.
Advantech provided an end-to-end solution that included WebAccess/CNC, an UNO-2483G high-performance automation computer, an EKI-5528 8FE unmanaged Ethernet switch, ADAM-4000 series I/O modules, and an FPM-7151W industrial monitor, thus delivering a complete package that enabled the manufacturer to realize real-time information management and status virtualization from any of its FANUC CNC machines, QR code readers, and related sensors. This resulted in a more streamlined and extensive process control.
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Advantech: Simple Solutions for Complex Problems
In summary, production lines involve complex interactions among sophisticated machinery and technology; while such systems are necessarily complex, the solutions to problems involving production lines do not need to be. By providing the manufacturer with a fully integrated software/hardware package, Advantech quickly solved their data acquisition and visualization problems, enhancing their productivity by simplifying their CNC machine engineering and maintenance needs.