Whether you’re a machine builder, systems integrator or an OEM engineering professional keen to automate, this is a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with largest array of machine building technical experts ever assembled in one place at one time in the UK. They are here to offer insight, expertise and experience that could prove invaluable as you design and manufacture the machines and systems that help keep the UK so competitive. This is a one-day only event that uses a unique format to provide you with maximum information in the minimum of time. You can get here easily, park at zero cost right outside the entrance, get in, get round, get all the answers you seek and get back to work in short order - and you can also take in the superb National Motorcycle Museum collection too, with a free pass otherwise valued at £15!


The UK’s only event staged exclusively for machine builders, systems integrators and OEMs keen to automate presents over 1,000 brand new products – many being shown for the first time in the UK – from more than 100 exhibitors. All that, and a full workshop programme for those who want to better understand some of the more critical aspects of machine safety and design.

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We’d like to welcome you to MachineBuilding.Live, the UK’s only event staged exclusively for machine builders, systems integrators and OEMs. Well over 100 exhibitors, all leaders in their particular fields are here to bring you a comprehensive overview of all aspects of our industry. While the enduring appeal of exhibitions has always lain in their ability to show us new products and to provide opportunities to discuss real-world applications with industry experts, the years through the various lockdowns have shown us something more: while we all went through a steep learning curve with video communications to keep in touch with colleagues, it also showed us how it is all-too- easy to fall into a trap of narrow thinking that can be driven by isolation. It’s one thing to be able to keep up with trends; but to help shape those trends or to innovate within them, there is no substitute for face-to- face conversations with like-minded professionals, sharing ideas and experiences, and exploring challenges together. It’s a truism, as well, that we are all busier than we have ever been. And that, too, will prove another good reason for your visit to MachineBuilding.Live. When we say “All the answers in one day”, we really do mean that this is an event where you can get a maximum return on your time investment: get different viewpoints on specific issues, uncover new ideas for your business, discover new products and services, evaluate a range of different solutions, and keep yourself ahead of the curve. We’ve also put together a world-class programme of workshops that address real-world engineering challenges and explore today’s most pressing automation and safety concerns. It’s going to be a fantastic day, and we look forward to seeing you.


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Camozzi Automation

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Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

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IP Enclosures UK


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IXON Cloud

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Mclennan Servo Supplies


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The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

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Top Hex Ltd

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Torus Modular Frameworks

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Turck Banner Ltd Universal Robots


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Keep up to date with the latest developments in selected key sectors. We recommend that you register for your chosen workshops at the earliest opportunity as places are strictly limited.

The economic success of machine builders is increasingly determined by their ability to differentiate themselves through additional digital offerings and new business models. But how can SMEs in particular benefit from the digital transformation at machine and plant level despite high costs, pressure to innovate and three major ‘construction sites’ – demographics, digitalisation and decarbonisation? The answer, explains Lenze product manager Annekatrin Konermann lies in sustainable connection of IT and OT as well as in tools that make IT easily manageable for the mechanical engineering industry. The machinery safety landscape is ever evolving, bringing with it a raft of changes to current legislation to cope with issues such as increasing digitisation and flexibility requirements. Pilz safety specialist Jason Reed will summarise the changes – covering the migration of the Machinery Directive to the Machinery Regulation plus standards such as ISO 13849, IEC 62061 and ISO 14119 – and will explain what these mean in practical terms to machine builders and end-users alike. RBTX is a new platform to configure and cost a full automation system or robot using parts from many industrial companies. Guaranteed compatibility and fixed cost, all production and factory engineers should know about this latest technology. Igus managing director Matthew Igus will highlight the main different types of robots, explore how to configure a robot using, and provide a glimpse into the future – starting with the application, not the product.

Machine builders are shifting their focus from machine sales to service sales. This requires them to think beyond the traditional product offering and get into the customer’s shoes. Ixon UK and Ireland country manager Daniel Phillips-Fern explores how IIoT enables machine builders to provide best-in-class service and upsell additional service models to boost customer satisfaction and create highly profitable, recurring revenue streams, long after the warranty period is over.

With manufacturers producing an ever-increasing number of SKUs, the demand for faster, more efficient changeover processes has never been greater. Omron marketing manager Stuart Coulton explains what machine builders can do to optimise their machines to ensure a smooth transition between products in their complex manufacturing processes.

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What are the drivers behind adaptive manufacturing? See B&R on stand 2

Pilz shows how to guarantee Machinery Safety in the digitised world See Pilz on Stand 41

Guaranteeing employee protection against machine hazards, maintaining productivity and shield control systems from unauthorised internal or external manipulation are all hot topics in industry, especially in the face of increasing digitisation.

To succeed in a world of mass customisation, e-commerce, direct- to-consumer and omnichannel strategies, you need to design machinery that’s built to adapt. Today’s consumers expect to get the products they want, when they want them, and personalised to their preferences. To meet this challenge, machine builders are designing machinery that adapts to the products being made and packaged, rather than forcing products to conform to a rigidly sequential process. B&R enables machine builders to realise innovative designs through track-based and planar product transport systems integrated with robotics, machine vision, and digital twins and controlled with our core automation platform of hardware and software. The processing and packaging machine designs of the future will enable changeover on the fly, will be ready for unforeseen products, will offer high performance over a smaller footprint and will enable profitable personalisation. Independently controlled shuttles allow the adaptive machine to change product format on-the-fly with no lost productivity. Changeovers are pushbutton fast and fully automated, with no tools, change parts or human intervention. A production line can even be readily reconfigured to run new products, thanks to a modular design and simulating the new operations. Flexible track layouts, load-balanced parallel processing, full-speed merging, and dividing of product flow, perfectly synchronized robots: the adaptive machine handles higher volumes of shorter runs with gre ater product variability. There’s no need for queuing or buffers, for an even smaller footprint. Digital twin optimises designs upfront and allows easy adaptation to future requirements. With the adaptive machine, there’s no compromise between flexibility and performance. Tight synchronisation of independently controlled shuttles leads to higher throughput and greater productivity. Replace rigidly timed sequential processes with dynamic, responsive solutions – and discover new dimensions of efficiency and productivity. The adaptive machine supports digital business strategies with the ability to deliver cost-effective, automated, make-to-order mass customisation. Manufacturers can now offer personalised, even batch-size-one order fulfilment directly from the production line to the consumer.

Visitors to MachineBuilding.Live will be able to discuss these topics and their individual Machinery Safety issues and solutions with Pilz in- house safety experts. Alongside modular control and safe sensor technology, key product innovations demonstrated will include ‘Identification and Access Management’ solutions. These offer functionality such as user authentication, safe operating mode selection, data and network security and access management, thereby guaranteeing employee protection against hazards and shielding control systems from unauthorised manipulation. The Company will also be showcasing its comprehensive portfolio of Consultancy Services – supporting machine builders and end-users alike in their safety compliance journey – including demonstrations of the ‘Puwer Assessment Tool’ which allows end-users to benefit from a tried and tested app to complete in-house PUWER Assessments. Those wishing to develop their own competence in machinery safety can find details of the latest in the Pilz programme of certified training courses, including the updated ‘CMSE – Certified Machinery Safety Expert’, ‘CEFS – Certified Expert in Functional Safety’ and ‘CESA – Certified Expert for Security in Automation’. Pilz safety experts will be sharing their knowledge and thoughts regarding safety compliance in the modern landscape as part of the event workshop programme with their presentation ‘Machinery safety legislation – recent changes and what they mean’.

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Another product on show is Stober’s single cable solution that connects motors and drive controllers up to 100 metres apart using future-proof Heidenhain Endat 3, for maximum quality transmission, diagnosis, safety and performance. Features include: automatic system installation with electronic nameplate; digital transmission of position values and sensor datal low cabling effort; shortened installation time; and reduced material and operating costs. Stober will also be showing some of its integrated geared servo motors – demonstrating this integrated technology saves space, time and cost, whilst providing higher performance. You will also see various gear technologies, including planetary inline and planetary P pange, right angle

Experience Stober’s motion control technology at MachineBuilding.Live, including live demonstrations. You’ll be able to see the SI6 single or twin axis modular system combined with Stober’s extensive geared servo motor range, or the super-slim, space-saving SC6 that gives you more space in cabinet. Features include PROFINET, PROFIsafe, PROFIdrive EtherCAT, FSoE and CiA402. Also on show will be the LeanMotor. Lighter, smaller and with its IE5 classification, Stober says the LeanMotor is more energy-efficient than an asynchronous motor while delivering the same power. Also, it is said to be cheaper and more rugged than a conventional servo motor. The LeanMotor eliminates the need for encoder when combined with the SI/SC6 controllers. Fan- and blower-free, it is a compact design. And with no electronics located in motor it is suited for use in challenging environments. It offers dynamic regulation of speed and torque at low speed. Positional accuracy is specified to ±1%, and speed deviation is less than 1%.

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Changing the game for HMLV manufacturers See Abssac on Stand 5

In recent years, the manufacturing industry has undergone a significant transformation, driven in part by advances in high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) manufacturing. This trend has impacted the entire supply chain operation, from procurement to sales. HMLV manufacturing involves producing a variety of products in small quantities. This approach allows manufacturers to cater to individual customer needs and preferences while minimising inventory costs.

The beating heart of the machine See Phoenix Contact on Stand 16

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Encoder solutions for machine builders and systems integrators

Machine building is a global and highly dynamic market. The competition that providers face is tough. It is important to meet customers’ requirements and develop a range of products and services that allows machine builders to remain competitive for the long term. The focus is on the cost-effectiveness, quality, flexibility, and performance of the machines. Phoenix Contact offers a comprehensive range of products and services – making a significant contribution to competitiveness. Phoenix Contact has close ties with the machine building industry. Its in-house machine building department, with 180 employees, provides support for all developmental and manufacturing business units worldwide. Therefore, the company is very familiar with machine builders’ daily challenges. The service portfolio ranges from creating manually operated equipment to complex production systems. Together, Phoenix Contact develops high-quality production resources, innovative solutions, and modern production technologies. As the heart of a machine, a suitable control cabinet supplies, controls, protects, and monitors all applications at all times. To build up all necessary applications in machine building so that they are holistic and coordinated with each other, COMPLETE line provides a broad product portfolio. For this purpose, not only are numerous solutions for use in the control cabinet available, but also devices and components with IP67

Heidenhain will be showcasing its extensive range products for

machine builders and systems integrators. Leading in measurement, control and drive system technology, Heidenhain, together with AMO, Etel, Numerik Jena, Renco and RSF, provides products that enable technological advances in the most innovative global industries: machine tools, automation, semiconductors, electronics, metrology, robotics, drive systems, medical technology, elevators, printing machines and telescopes. In addition to its current range of encoder products, new variants of our familiar inductive robotics rotary encoders are on show. The KCI 120 Dplus dual encoder with motor position and joint position measurement in a single device is available in three sizes. The centrally positioned scanning unit and two separate disk/hub assemblies are designed for different hollow shaft diameters and installation sizes, giving the Heidenhain KCI 120 Dplus compact dimensions and easy integration with identical functionality. The purely serial EnDat 2.2 interface with functional safety can also be used in safety-critical applications such as human-robot collaboration. Designers can significantly improve the absolute position accuracy of their robots by employing an additional high-accuracy encoder at each robot axis. Installed downstream from the gearbox, these secondary encoders measure the actual position of every robot joint. AMO offers the WMRA angle encoder as a secondary encoder. Modularly designed with a scale drum, measuring ring and separate scanning unit, it is ideal for large shaft diameters and difficult installation spaces. Developed and ready for the future of digitalisation, the EnDat interface from Heidenhain makes the process of integrating encoders into systems easy and reliable. This reduces cabling while providing functional safety and extensive diagnostic possibilities. EnDat 3 is the optimal encoder interface for high system integration and for meeting the requirements of the digital future at reduced system costs and with flexible machine architectures.

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The future of safe automation Pilz CEO Thomas Pilz discusses the developments and issues impacting on the machinery safety landscape, and what they mean for the future of safe automation.

T he standards and laws for safety in an industrial environment are currently facing upheaval. This is being driven by the issues of security and Artificial Intelligence (AI). For industry in general and for mechanical engineering, there are three new or upcoming legal requirements for security that are relevant: EU Directive NIS 2, the new Machinery Regulation and the Cyber Resilience Act. NIS (Network and Information Security) is a European Union Directive aimed at strengthening cybersecurity. This directive has been in existence since 2016 and, so far, has applied to critical infrastructure providers, including energy, traffic, banks and finances, health, supply and distribution of drinking water and digital infrastructure. Providers in these sectors have had to implement “appropriate security safeguards” and report any serious cybersecurity incidents. The successor is NIS 2, which came into force at the beginning of 2023 and must be adopted into national law by EU member states by autumn 2024. Now, the directive also applies within the engineering and automotive sectors, among others, for companies with over 50 employees or an annual turnover of more than 10 million Euro. According to the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association VDMA, this will affect around 9,000 companies across Europe. In future these companies will need to prove that they have taken technical, operational and organisational measures to protect against security incidents. Firstly this will include a risk analysis of existing systems, including in production environments, in other words OT (Operations Technology). This will be followed by the development and implementation of specific processes and measures such as password protection or encryption, as well as continuing education and training for employees. Cybersecurity incidents must be reported to the relevant authorities within 24 hours. The explicit inclusion of supply chains is also new. To

summarise, NIS 2 now affects more companies, extends the obligations and provides for stricter sanctions. Companies that fail to take measures are threatened with severe penalties. Whole product lifecycle In September 2022, the European Commission submitted a draft for a regulation intended to increase the cybersecurity of products. This Cyber Resilience Act is directed toward manufacturers of products with digital elements. The regulation refers to both consumer products as well as products for industrial applications, such as machine controllers for example. In accordance with the Cyber Resilience Act, only products that guarantee an appropriate level of cybersecurity may be placed on the market. Manufacturers are also obliged to inform customers of security vulnerabilities and close them as quickly as possible. Thus, the regulation applies to the whole of a product’s lifecycle. This means that manufacturers must now offer software updates beyond the usual warranty period, so that future threats are also repelled. We assume that the regulation will be adopted at the end of 2024. Mandatory cybersecurity The third new statutory security requirement is the EU Machinery Regulation. Its publication is imminent. As it is a regulation, it does not have to be converted into national law first. Machine manufacturers have 42 months in which to meet the new requirements. The Machinery Regulation replaces the existing Machinery Directive and, in contrast to its predecessor, makes cybersecurity mandatory. If the Machinery Directive purely examined safety, the Regulation includes the security protection goal in the “Essential health and safety requirements EHSR”, under “Protection against corruption”: The machine’s safety functions must not be compromised by corruption, whether intentional or unintentional. So far it is known that meeting the

requirements of the Cyber Resilience Act leads to presumption of conformity for the Machinery Regulation. In order to import machinery into Europe, machine builders have always had to undergo the conformity assessment procedure, ending with the CE mark. Now, with the new Machinery Regulation, machine builders must prove that their machines are also protected against manipulation. And finally, electrical component manufacturers are subject to the future requirements of the planned Cyber Resilience Act. It is no longer at the company’s discretion whether, and to what extent, it wishes to grapple with security; it is a legal requirement. Companies would be wise to deal with NIS 2 as soon as possible and carry out a holistic security assessment for the company. For example, this includes the development of an Information Security Management System (ISMS), with certification in accordance with the information security standard ISO 27001. In engineering, security in the form of industrial security is not solely a task for IT, but is an integral part of the design and construction. To implement security retrospectively is always complex, and usually means reductions in user friendliness, functionality and productivity. The risk assessment now also includes security as well as safety. No security, no CE mark. And for manufacturers of products with digital elements, the IEC 62443 series of standards provides a good orientation. The subordinate standard IEC 62443-4-1, for example, describes the requirements of a “Secure development lifecycle process”. The EU has been quick off the mark with security legislation; the world’s strictest requirements will apply in Europe. But agreements are already in place with other countries, and such laws will be introduced there too.

See Pilz on Stand 41

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Igus has created a digital parallel universe, the new iguverse, that prepares sales and engineering professionals for how they will work together in the future in the metaverse. exhibition preview Igus brings engineering and sales into virtual reality

T he online game Fortnite shows how powerful a digital parallel universe can become – a computer game that allows people to participate in social events in a 3D simulation. 12.3 million players gathered in virtual space in April 2020 when rapper Travis Scott gave a digital concert with an avatar. A digital parallel universe could become similarly important for industry and business. “We are pursuing the vision of iguverse, a virtual space in which all our products can be experienced as digital twins,” says Igus UK managing director Matthew Aldridge. “In the future, customers from all over the world will have the opportunity in the iguverse to develop machines and systems together with Igus, partner engineers and project managers and to immerse themselves in the projects and applications – saving time and money.” Visitors to the IAA Transportation 2022 trade show in Hanover were given a taste of this future vision. At the Igus stand, visitors were able to put on VR glasses and, together with employees, take a first look at the beginnings of the Igus metaverse. In the future, they will be able to see 3D models of products such as energy chains in a 360-degree panoramic view from all sides. People will experience the infrastructure of Igus, like the 3,800m2 test laboratory in Cologne or immerse themselves in multiple applications where Igus components are used. These range from a plastic bicycle to a futuristic

mini-van with iglidur plain bearings, drylin linear guides and e-chains for an oil platform, where the modular energy chain system e-loop is used. These give impressions that cannot be conveyed so impressively, nor with such lifelike realism using classic media such as catalogues, brochures and multimedia presentations, or even videos or 3D renderings. “With iguverse, we are embarking on a new path of presentation, selling and engineering,” emphasises Aldridge. For many, the metaverse is new territory. customers, a path with a lot of potential for business development. For example, sales representatives and customers could put VR glasses on during customer visits and immerse themselves in the iguverse. “Studies show that customers are up to nine times more likely to remember experiences they receive in daily reality and therefore understand them more quickly,” says Aldridge. Igus also wants to learn something new and to explore this path with our Low-friction engineering Digital twins of products and Igus’s facilities are only one expansion stage of iguverse. In the future, customers, engineers and material experts will come together as avatars in a digital space and carry out entire engineering projects, faster and with less friction than is

possible in the physical world. In a further stage, Igus is also considering expanding the iguverse with a B2B platform for other manufacturers. The companies can then present machines and systems in this virtual space, using Igus components. According to US market research company Gartner, by 2025 digital channels will account for 80% of B2B sales interactions between suppliers and buyers. To support this, Igus will create a growing reference database for all motion plastics with its own B2B platform, which will be accessed virtually. In a further development, Igus will rely more on a new form of digital selling and presentation using augmented reality (AR). An example of this is the energy chain of the triflex TRX series. In the past, sales personnel and customers hardly had a chance to look at the detail inside a closed chain. Some mechanical principles, which are particularly relevant in the triflex TRX, were left to the imagination. Here, an AR application assists buyers and engineers. When the employee activates the software on their smartphone via a QR code on the e-chain, the application overlays the product on a screen with an animated virtual twin. This allows a kind of X-ray view of the mechanics inside of the chain. This immediately brings the product to life and helps the design selection process.

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British Encoder Products shows the way to increased productivity See British Encoder Products on Stand 25

EtherCAT or PROFINET-ready – will be on display at MachineBuilding. Live. Encoders are indispensable wherever precise measurement and supervision of speed, the direction of travel, distance travelled, and position of mechanical elements or the number of rotations performed is

British Encoder Products will be highlighting the important role encoders play in automation, increasing the efficiency of systems or installations. With proper knowledge of encoder functionality and the ability to use them, it is possible to increase the company’s productivity – in other words, encoders save time and money and improve results. The encoder enables control of the movement, drive and operation of individual machine components, and then – most importantly from a business perspective – to optimise operations. Encoders are increasingly becoming the basic elements of automation systems due to their wide applicability but also the effects of their use. British Encoder Products offers a wide range of encoders: the two major types – linear measurement encoders such as the TR1 Tru-Trac or LCX, and rotary encoders like the Model A58HE which is an Exploring the world of aluminium profiles with KJN See KJN on Stand 37 KJN will be showcasing its extensive range of aluminium profiles and components at MachineBuilding.Live. As a trusted supplier, KJN works closely with its own extruders to deliver high-quality aluminium profiles with a flawless anodized finish, all at highly competitive prices.

necessary. In any case, the encoder invariably affects the proper and efficient functioning of machines and systems. It is therefore a small investment in great profits for enterprises.

components readily available. Customers have the opportunity to collaborate with KJN’s CAD design and engineering experts in developing exceptional and tailor-made 2D or 3D CAD concepts, precisely tailored to optimise their business processes and production environments. Whether it involves creating a fully customised design or making modifications to an existing one, KJN’s experienced team is prepared and enthusiastic to assist. With an impressive 26-year track record, they have successfully designed and engineered solutions for a wide range

Established in 1997, KJN quickly emerged as a specialist in precision engineering. Over the years, the company’s dedication has fostered numerous strong connections with customers seeking top- quality aluminium profiles. Today, KJN proudly stands as one of the foremost suppliers of aluminium extrusion, accessories and related products in the UK. Renowned for its exceptional range and expertise in

of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, production and construction, taking projects from concept to realisation. Irrespective of the desired product, whether it be machine enclosures, workbenches, or complete assembly lines, KJN guarantees the provision of accurate and fitting drawings that align perfectly with all customer requirements.

engineering, KJN offers a comprehensive ‘one-stop shop’ service – whether it’s guiding customers from concept to installation or delivering neatly packaged items right to customers doorsteps. KJN’s extensive customer base spans diverse industries, with the company taking pride in fostering valued and long-standing partnerships with their customers. It is committed, too, to customer satisfaction, and has a substantial inventory of aluminium profiles and

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Bridging the gap to digital for machine builders Wouter Meijers of Lenze, a leading provider of machine automation solutions, discusses the benefits of investment in IIoT technologies and the added value that digitalisation of a machine’s information and full digitalisation of existing processes can bring.

requirements is the collation and management of machine data and to do this, digitalisation of machine information is required. The benefits of digitalisation By exploiting the value of the data that is now more accessible than ever before (thanks to increased computing power, greater bandwidth, and open comms standards), as well as staying competitive with other machine builders, OEMs can ensure that their companies are fit for the future. Also, the digitalisation of a machine’s information and full digitalisation of existing processes presents a range of other business opportunities to OEMs, including adding predictive maintenance and condition monitoring to service contracts and the implementation of business models such as pay-per-use. The barrier to entry was previously higher for OEMs more used to OT than IT, but there has never been a better time – or more straightforward way – to begin the digital journey. Many machine builders are still unsure about the best software route to choose to achieve significant improvements in the cost-efficiency, quality, and productivity of their customers’ industrial operations. However, the journey to digitalisation of machine information isn’t as complicated as it might first appear, thanks to the introduction of integrated solutions such as Lenze’s X4 Remote. With the majority of existing machines already containing an advanced PLC, when combined with HMI-panels, sensors and smart inverter drives the foundations for an intelligently controllable machine are already in place. By using a remote access solution, such as Lenze’s X4 Remote, access can then be achieved to the machine for service and maintenance procedures. Interestingly, the X4 Remote ‘out of the box’ solution has been trialled alongside an OEM also designing their own system and has been found to be significantly quicker and cheaper to get up and running. Counting the cost When it comes to embracing digitisation of machines, OEMs are faced with either expanding the team to include those with specific and expensive IT skills, or using cost-

efficient solutions such as X4 Remote, that simplify the digital transition process. Remote access can reduce costs during commissioning and warranty periods using Lenze’s solution, and by monitoring OEE it is possible to better track and compare the productivity of different machines and remotely check any problems using the x500 hardware. As an additional cost-saving benefit, the X4 Remote solution can be used as a cost-effective but highly effective condition monitoring alternative to installing costly sensors; for example, it can be set up to analyse the harmonics in the current of a motor and initiate early warning alerts if there are any subtle changes. An ‘out of the box’ digital solution such as Lenze’s X4 Remote is only as good as its ability to be tailored to suit each machine builder’s needs. Notably, using the X4 Remote platform machine builders can create, brand, and easily customise their own IIoT platform. Importantly the app allows device pages to be customised without any significant programming skills or development costs and everything is at hand to adapt the platform to suit their specific machine requirements. Thanks to the promotion of open standards and compatibility between systems, and supporting a broad range of industry standard protocols, the X4 Remote solution offers engineers and operators even greater machine tailoring flexibility. Also, OEMs can connect the solution to existing customer MRP systems, using an API as a connecting device, and for those going for growth, scalability is only limited by the machine builder’s and customer’s imagination. A machine’s OEE is a key KPI in understanding its output. The PLC in a machine already has all the relevant data in it, with the addition of software to calculate specific OEEs and show them in real-time on any pc, smart phone or tablet. Due to solutions such as X4 Remote, the world of predictive maintenance is opened to both the end customers and OEMs alike. OEMs can offer to monitor and alert their customers as to repair and maintenance issues when key indicator alerts are activated, creating a previously untapped revenue stream.

T here has been a significant move to its Industry 4.0 journey. Not surprisingly, the transition has been quicker amongst larger companies but demand across the spectrum is on an upwards trajectory. As end users seek to improve the output of their machines and look to achieve digital transformation, there is a significant opportunity for OEMs willing to bridge the analogue-to-digital gap. Producing more with less has been the driving force behind manufacturing for many years now. Machine builders are wanting solutions that are reliable, quick to build with fewer resources and deliver the increasing flexibility demanded by their customers. The end user customer is wanting machines that will help them reduce costs and deliver results more quickly, all whilst helping run them with a less skilled workforce. As companies look to progress on their journey from initial digitalisation to industry 4.0, they need to ensure that their machinery makes the most of the data that is already in existence. To do this, machines need to not only invest in IIoT technologies in machines over recent years, as the sector continues be remotely accessible, but give visibility to what is happening when they are running and why this is happening. They also need to deliver sufficient data to show what is limiting productivity to enable the elimination of these factors and to predict what will happen to the machine in the near future. It is no surprise therefore that machine builders are feeling the pressure to deliver in the face of such challenging customer expectations. Increasingly key to meeting these high

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Festo highlights the benefits of standardised hardware

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builders of faster time-to-market, more efficient engineering, more functionality and higher quality. The company has joined forces with other international automation partners and the Industrial Digital Twin Association because standardisation is what machine and system builders expect. The advantages offered by digital twins was very effectively demonstrated by a collaboratively built machine for a labelling application at the Hannover Fair. Digital twins precisely replicate the capabilities of the components – if necessary, down to the physical behaviour. This significantly shortens customers’ project timelines and increases productivity. Even before a machine developer has assembled the machine hardware, they can simulate it, test it, and make adjustments. For example, they can design and program optimum, efficient handling systems using the virtual model. That is how errors can be detected and corrected at an early stage, which significantly contributes to efficient and stable operation later. Digital twins of automation components are much more than just 3D models that move virtually. They are digital representations that provide all kinds of information about the components, including a clear description of their capabilities, the documentation, the behaviour – for example, simulation of their kinematics and kinetics – and the communication with them, including the role they play in the machine.

Festo says its standardised hardware and the ability to work with the industry leading control architectures makes its stepper and servo drives, remote I/O and valve terminals a natural choice for machine manufacturers and end-users. Being able to keep 90% of the field level hardware the same and

either simply select the preferred bus system through software, dip switches or a header plate keeps documentation common, maintenance and commissioning familiar and reduces the variety of ordered or stocked parts to a minimum. Festo is keen to show how easy it is to swap from one PLC manufacturer to another when using the Festo CMMT multi-protocol servo and stepper drives, and the versatile new CPX-API/APA distributed I/O and bus driven valve terminal ranges. Festo is also highlighting how the first of its automation components have got their digital representations, promising benefits for machine

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Discuss your measurement challenges with experts from Micro-Epsilon Micro-Epsilon UK will showcase a range of sensor technologies, including 3D surface snapshot sensors, 2D laser profile sensors, and 1D confocal chromatic displacement sensors, as well as infrared temperature sensors and thermal imaging cameras. Providing 3D snapshots and point clouds, surfaceCONTROL 3D is a range of high precision 3D measurement sensors that are suitable for automated, inline measurement of geometry, shape and surface quality of objects. The sensors offer extremely high resolution and repeatability, as well as a large measuring area. The stand will showcase the surfaceCONTROL 3D SC3510 version for inspecting rivets, beads and part positioning using Micro-Epsilon’s 3D Inspect software. The stand will also feature the scanCONTROL range of 3D laser profile sensors (scanners) with a demonstration on how to build 3D point clouds from 2D profile acquisition. Also on the stand is a demonstration of the new confocalDT 241x range of confocal chromatic measurement systemsn. These compact systems combine both sensor and controller together to save space and simplify installation in production lines and machines, as no fibre

Solutions for the challenges of the smart factory

Machine builders are facing new challenges due to increasing automation and the vision of the smart factory. From individual machine tools to fully networked production systems, flexibility and networking are becoming increasingly important – with the highest safety and quality standards. Leuze’s goal is to ensure customers’ production is even more flexible, efficient and safer through the use of its products and solutions, and at Machine Building Live 2023, the company will show examples of this, from its global sensor range for precise presence detection, to solutions for fast and accurate bar code reading applications, including its new range of Simple Vision products. On the stand will be the RSL 400 safety laser scanners which are characterised by their performance, robustness and easy handling. Thanks to their operating range of 8.25m and a scanning angle of 270°, they can monitor even large areas. Together with two protective functions, one RSL 400 can perform tasks that previously required two scanners. Also present will be the LBK safe 3D radar system, which was developed for the monitoring of hazardous areas in harsh industrial environments. It detects the bodies of people and in doing so monitors the protected area for access and presence. The system consists of sensors und controller, combining up to six sensors in one application.

optic cabling is needed between the sensor and controller. One of the key advantages of confocal technology is its ability to measure on any surface including highly polished and even transparent materials. The stand will also showcase a selection of example sensors and systems, including inductive (LVDT) position sensors and draw-wire position sensors.

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