From left: Christian Thönes, CEO DMG Mori AG; Ralf W. Dieter, CEO Dürr AG; Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO Software AG; Thomas Spitzenpfeil, CFO/CIO Carl Zeiss AG
Through the joint venture ADAMOS (ADAptive Manufacturing Open Solutions), DMG MORI, Dürr, Software AG, and ZEISS as well as ASM PT are establishing a strategic alliance for the future topics of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Germany’s first alliance of well-known industrial and software companies wants to establish ADAMOS as global standard for the industry and attract other machine builders to become partners. ADAMOS is customized to meet the specific needs of machine and plant builders and their customers.
The open IIoT platform ADAMOS is non-proprietary and brings together the most up-to-date IT technology and industry knowledge. It enables engineering companies to offer tried and tested solutions for digitally networked production to their customers with little effort. Machine tool builders as well as their suppliers and customers will benefit from this as ADAMOS is a platform service that offers data autonomy and access to leading software solutions. The jointly developed ADAMOS platform will be available worldwide as of October 1, 2017.
“Regarding digitization the machine and plant building industry has to set its own standards and drive development. This can only work with strong partners. That is why we are offering an open network with ADAMOS together with leading machine building, production, and software/IT know-how – from machine builders for machine builders, their suppliers and customers,” comments Christian Thönes, CEO, DMG MORI Aktiengesellschaft.
“As a machine builder, we know our customers’ requirements and know what is important. In the ADAMOS App Factory we bring industry knowledge for intuitively operated applications together with the design of digital marketplaces. The ADAMOS App Factory is a cooperation between machine builders and software companies that is closely linked with the partners,” says Ralf W. Dieter, CEO, Dürr AG.
“Software AG’s technology leadership and digital expertise is based on a total investment of more than one billion euros. Our industry neutrality and global presence combined with the know-how of leading machine and plant builders worldwide form the foundation of ADAMOS,” notes Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO, Software AG.
“With ADAMOS strong partners are working together equally on pushing digital connectivity. Together we are developing technologies for the factory of the future. Companies that use the IIoT applications from ADAMOS, will be making use of innovative services and thus increase the efficiency, transparency, reliability, and availability of their systems significantly,” says Thomas Spitzenpfeil, member of the Executive Board (CFO/CIO) of Carl Zeiss AG.
“The growing interconnectivity of production means that not only our customers, but also we ourselves have to change our thinking. We create the conditions for this at ASM PT with innovative solutions for various line and factory workflows for electronic manufacturing – while complying with the highest IT security standards. Through ADAMOS we are combining this knowledge with leading machine building, production and software know-how,” according to Günter Lauber, CEO of the SMT Solutions Segment of ASM PT.
Industry 4.0 and IIoT enable interconnectivity and communication between machines as well as the comprehensive acquisition and use of real-time data. This provides the basis for employing digital services and new business models, and optimizing production with the aid of big data analyses. Customers can identify maintenance requirements at an early stage, for instance, and can plan production or can source spare parts automatically.
The most important drivers of growth, innovation, and productivity at present for machine building are Industry 4.0 and IIoT. The race to gain data sovereignty demands a fast pace of innovation. At the same time, the Internet of Things demands a high-level of investment, excellent specialists, and the command of new technologies. This is where the cross-sectoral cooperation takes hold and offers the machine building industry many advantages:
- ADAMOS focuses on close cooperation and the exchange of know-how and reduces effort and cost by making centrally developed solutions and services available to all participants.
- As a driver of innovation, ADAMOS will constantly be developing new IIoT applications.
- There is no dependency on external software providers with ADAMOS. Machine building customers obtain machines and IIoT/software solutions from the same source and have sovereignty over their data. This secures the leading position of machine building companies in the digital era.
- ADAMOS offers a digital portfolio with applications specific to machine building as well as domain- and industry-specific applications.
- ADAMOS can be deployed internationally, can be quickly implemented and is available as a cloud or “on premise” solution via stationary servers.
- ADAMOS uses standard solutions and interfaces and is therefore operationally reliable.
- As a “white label” solution ADAMOS allows participating machine builders to have their own individual IIoT presence. This means that the partners use the central ADAMOS platform but the front-end the customer sees can be designed with the partners’ own “look & feel.”
- The ADAMOS App Factory concentrates the technological know-how and the industry knowledge of the partners for a quick and joint development of Apps. More comprehensive applications regarding the topics planning, predictive maintenance, machine cockpit/dashboarding and maintaining assistance shall be made available in the cloud from the beginning of 2018. The ADAMOS IIoT platform will sustainably benefit from this – as well as the partners and customer network.
ADAMOS GmbH and ADAMOS App Factory launch October 1, 2017, with about 200 experts. DMG MORI, Dürr, Software AG, and ZEISS as well as ASM PT are equal participants in ADAMOS GmbH registered in Darmstadt. In addition, other machine and plant builders can take advantage of ADAMOS’s range of services as partners. Each partner markets the ADAMOS range independently. ADAMOS GmbH operates as a platform service and thus makes leading IIoT tools and functions available to all the platform users. Marketing of individual IIoT solutions is carried out by the participating partners.
Haas Automation Inc. will once again open its doors for a massive 4-day open house at its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California. HaasTec 2017, scheduled for October 10-13, 2017, from 8am to 5pm daily, will include machine demos, factory tours, a catered lunch, and more. The previous HaasTec in 2015 drew nearly 3300 attendees from 48 countries, and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better.
Visitors to HaasTec 2017 will see the latest Haas CNC technology up close and in detail, with 20 machines on display, including the soon-to-be released UMC 1000 universal machining center, the CL-1 compact lathe, and the re-engineered EC-400 HMC. There also will be extensive tours of Haas Automation’s 1-million-square-foot facility – both above and on the production floor – to see how Haas machines are built.
More than 36 exhibitors from major tooling, workholding, and CAD/CAM manufacturers will be on hand to share their insight and show their products.
Attendees will also see first-hand one of Haas F1 Team’s racecars from their 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship debut, and Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet that was driven to victory by Kurt Busch in the NASCAR Cup Series.
toii – IIoT spelled backwards, the abbreviation for Industrial Internet of Things – is pronounced like the word toy, an indication of how the new platform makes linking heterogeneous machines to existing IT structures child’s play.
toii, an in-house development that connects machines of different makes and generations, was developed completely in-house by company software engineering experts and tailored to the specific requirements of Materials Services. Thanks to toii all machines can communicate with each other. Due to predictive maintenance the platform is also supposed to forecast the necessity of machine services in the future.
One platform for each and everything
The machinery belonging to the business area, which focuses on global materials distribution and processing services, is highly diverse: The machines perform a wide range of tasks, were made by various manufacturers and differ in age. Now toii makes it possible to connect bandsaws and bending machines, mobile objects like cranes and forklifts and even complex production facilities such as slitting and cut to length lines and sophisticated processing solutions through milling machines and laser systems digitally in line with the Industrial Internet of Things. The digital platform allows the machines to share data and communicate with one another and with the IT systems. Processes can be planned and coordinated optimally and flexibly – across locations, worldwide. As a further major benefit, the platform simplifies data analysis. Which product has been produced when and in what quantities? Which machine needs maintenance? What could be developing into a problem? What additional materials need to be delivered? The system answers all of these questions and many more by gathering and analyzing data. The results are just a mouse click away – clearly structured and easy to understand.
“We’ve created an end-to-end solution that is tailored specifically to our needs. It will enable us to accelerate the automation of our production operations and make our processes much more efficient,” says Hans-Josef Hoß from the board of thyssenkrupp Materials Services. “We are now taking the digital transformation to the core areas of our business: our production shops, our machinery and equipment, and our materials. Our customers will feel the benefit – and so will we.”
Close teamwork of man and machine
toii has already successfully proven its worth in several pilot projects. For example, at Materials Processing Europe in Mannheim, a new, highly complex cut to length line that cuts sheet from coil was fully connected with the platform. The result: toii transfers work orders directly and in real time from the SAP system to the machine and controls its settings from sizes and weights to volumes. The platform also automatically retrieves the machine information required by SAP. As a result, the status of production and the finished products can be viewed at any time. Other machines have also already been digitally connected and automated using toii, for example measuring the thickness of metal strips for effective quality control and automatic blanking. In the latter case, the platform even made it possible to fully integrate the blanking operation into a production line.
The platform is an in-house development, highly scalable, and can integrate up to several hundred machines a year. An international Materials Services team of IT professionals from Germany, India, and the USA worked together to develop toii. Alongside various projects in Germany, there are already plans to deploy the system in the UK and the US. All data are currently hosted on a central server in Germany. But to be able to comply with all data protection law requirements, local servers will also be created in the UK and US as part of the further roll-out.
thyssenkrupp Materials Services is systematically driving the digital transformation of the business area throughout the entire value chain. In many areas, connected collaboration and interactive processes are already well established – from logistics, warehousing and line utilization to purchasing and administration. The focus is on customers and their individual requirements. The aim: to continuously develop and implement made-to-measure digital solutions that allow for smarter and more effective collaboration and open up completely new possibilities.
For the first half of 2017, records were set in the areas of robotics, machine vision, motion control, and motor technology, according results from the Association for Advancing Automation’s (A3) results of research on robotics and automation trends, sales, and growth. A3 provides quarterly statistical reports to its members for benchmarking and business intelligence purposes.
The North American robotics market had its best opening half ever to begin 2017, setting new records in all four statistical categories (order units, order revenue, shipment units, and shipment revenue). In total, 19,331 robots valued at approximately $1.031 billion were sold in North America during the first half of 2017, which is the highest level ever recorded to begin a year. These figures represent growth of 33% in units and 26% in dollars over 2016. Automotive related orders grew substantially in that time, increasing 39% in units and 37% in dollars, while non-automotive orders also grew 21% in units and 10% in dollars over the first half of 2016.
Motion control & motors
For the first half of 2017, orders for motion control and motor products amounted to $1.622 billion, up 14% over the first six months of 2016. Shipments totaled $1.757 billion, up 10% over the first half of 2016, and the fastest growing categories in that timeframe, in terms of shipments, were motion controllers (21% to $97 million), sensors & feedback devices (20% to $76 million), actuators & mechanical systems (17% to $318 million), and AC drives (17% to $199 million).
Vision & imaging
In 2017, the machine vision market in North America also posted its best first half performance compared to any other year. A total of $1.241 billion was sold in the first six months of the year, with an increase of 11% over the same period in 2016. Machine vision component markets were up 11% in total to $177 million and systems increased 10% to $1.058 billion. Some notable growth rates were: lighting (20% to $35 million), smart cameras (16% to $183 million), and optics (16% to $20 million).
Experts expect software to trend up, cameras, lighting, and imaging boards to be flat, and optics to trend down over the next six months. Additionally, expectations are for application specific machine vision (ASMV) systems to increase and smart cameras to remain flat in the next two quarters.
A longtime advocate for and supporter of the robotics, machine vision, motion control and motor markets, A3 is comprised of three sister associations: the Robotic Industries Association (RIA); the Advancing Vision + Imaging Association (AIA); and the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA).