Fiere di Parma, 27th – 29th March 2014

Discovering the advantages of the Digital Factory – beyond the automation

The Digital Factory – beyond the automation, hearth of MECSPE 2014, is a project about the digital integration of all the systems and subsystems that compound a modern factory that in this specific case aims at the realization of parts for the Xam 2.0, an electric concept city car that was planned and produced by the Politecnico di Torino with the support of a series of industrial and non-industrial partners.Fig1_Mecspe

Everything that contribute to the realization of some important parts of the Xam 2.0, starting from planning up to production, controlling and testing, will be monitored during the whole production process with the logic of the Product Lifecycle Management and the whole dataflow coming from the different Working Isles will be transported through a WiFi “Factory Net”. This is the reason why the Digital Factory project, presented during this edition, will be developed on different theme areas, which are integrated one into the other and represent a specific production process: planning, production with different functioning machines and automation, control and measurement cells. In the middle of the Digital Factory there will be the end product: the XAM 2.0.

The Digital Factory – beyond the automation won’t be only a demonstration area, but also an area where technologies and solutions are already implementable in every companies, for similarity. The Digital Factory aims at supplying the visitors of MECSPE 2014 with new ideas about the way to improve their own production processes and products, with a perspective of costs control, times reduction and mistakes elimination through innovative solutions. Moreover, the creation of a WiFi factory net aims at the total connection without wiring, assuring the most efficiency and reliability and getting the versatility that a completely wired net will never allow. For example, it will be possible to verify the operation of the machines or control the process through ‘smart’ items, such as tablet or smart phone.

The data moving in this net will be completely “digital” with a “paperless” perspective. In a modern factory that respects the environment, the paper must be reduced to the minimum essential. A further goal of the “Digital Factory” is to show how any kind of data concerning the single product can be managed, changed and filed without using the eco-unfriendly “piece of paper”.

In addition to the areas interconnected to the Digital Factory, there will be a series of WIP Work in Progress Demonstrative Units of Xam 2.1 (the evolution of Xam 2.0), that represent, within the general project, production units displaced and not yet integrated, where the technological innovations implemented on the XAM 2.1 will be showed (these are now in an advanced development phase).

The extreme aim of the partition of the project into Xam 2.0 and Xam 2.1 production chains will be the demonstration of the ‘connectability’ of the Demonstrative Units of a production chain in a medium/long-term project (in 2015 the implementation of XAM 2.1 will be finished). Among the production chains addressed to Xam 2.1 there will be also the machining of plastic materials, composites and rapid manufacturing, in order to offer to the visitors the most complete and exhaustive scene of the technologies dedicated to the automotive sector.

In addition to the demonstration moment of the whole path there will be deepening moments about the involved technologies.

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The partners of the Digital Factory – beyond the automation – Xam 2.0*

Siemens: coordinator and brain of this “Factory” will be the Teamcenter, the solution suggested by Siemens for the integration of the processes. The whole dataflow of the different isles from and to the Teamcenter will be directed through a WiFi “Factory Net”, that was created thanks to products specific for the industry and made available by Siemens The data about the efficiency, productivity and use, but also the whole tools management will be monitored directly on the machines equipped with Sinumerik or through the Teamcenter, thanks to the connection to the “Sinumerik Integrate” platform formerly present on the line of CNC Siemens.

All the CNC, the automation of the machines present in the isles, the CAM and the measurement machines will be completely integrated into the system through “Integrate”, that will acquire all the shopfloor-side information

Autodesk/Prisma Tech: partner of the original project of Xam 2.0 presents, within the trade show project, solutions in the Simulation (Autodesk Simulation Moldflow), Factory Layout (Autodesk Factory Design Suite), Concept Design (Autodesk Alias) and Visualisation (Autodesk VRed) areas

Open Mind Technologies Italia: present in the planning area with the CAM hyperMILL for the creation of the hub holder

Yamazaki Mazak Italia/Bap: present within a production chain, in the workshop area, with a 5-axis machining centre for the creation of a mould

Samu/Tac: present within a production chain, in the workshop area, with a 4-axis machining centre for the creation of a mechanic item

Vimacchine: present within a production chain, in the workshop area, with a lathe with counter-mandrel + Y axis

Emco Famup: present within a production chain, in the workshop area, with a 5-axis machining centre for the creation of the hub holder

Hoffmann Italia: present in the tools supply for different machines in the workshop area

Vega International Tools: present in the tools supply for different machines in the workshop area Speroni: present as pre-setting tools for Hoffmann and Vega International

Kuka Roboter Italia: deals with the automation and handling part of the pieces in the workshop area

Heidenhain: present with a CNC for the machining of the hub holder in the workshop area

Hexagon Metrology: present in the control area for the testing and the measuring of different pieces.


The Partners of the WIP

Work in Progress production chains Xam 2.1*

Delcam Italia: present as CAD CAM supplier in the chain for the machining of composites and moulds realization + moulding

DPTechnology Italy/Esprit by DP Technology: present as CAM supplier for the chain for the hub machining

Missler Software Italia: present as CAM supplier for the rim machining

Arburg: supplies the moulding press for the aerodynamic tab

Tecnostampi dei f.lli Pelizzari: supplies the mould for the production of the aerodynamic tab

Index/Synergon: machining of a piece that must be still defined

Hardinge/Sunnen Italia: present with a very high precision lathe for the hub machining

IMT intermato: present with a vertical lathe for the rim machining

CMS Industries: present with a machine for the trimming of the “cofango” (Italian word for hood + mudguard) made of composites

Comau Robotics: supplies the automation in different isles

Ridix: present for the development of parts in the rapid manufacturing

Eos: hub holder and triangle synterization

Renishaw: supplies the tray of the aspiration system in the Additive Manufacturing

Automator International: present with the marking technology in different production chains

*update of the partners list: 15th January


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