Never Too Late to Upgrade
We know you know IoT is vital to manufacturing's future, but changing out your machinery is often difficult and expensive. By retrofitting one of founder Robert Bosch's old workbenches with an IoT device, though, Bosch Rexroth has proved you can teach an old lathe new tricks.
A sensor attached to the pedal-powered workbench from 1887, which had been collecting dust in a museum, now gathers RPM data and sends it to the IoT Gateway. The information helps the operator know to speed up or slow down, or if the belt is starting to slip.
Connect All the Things!
Harting Technology Group
Harting Technology Group has released the IIC MICA (Modular Industry Computing Architecture) to allow plant engineers to immediately connect to machinery and equipment to to temporarily save, evaluate and process data.
Virtual containers are created by the virtual industry computing technology to multiple applications can run in parallel while remaining isolated and secure from each other.
It's Always Sunny in Hannover
These sunglasses created by researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) -- not to be confused with K.I.T.T., the best friend of mythical German folk hero David Hasselhoff -- harvest solar energy via transparent organic solar cells.
While these sunglasses make you nearly as cool as Herr Hasselhoff, the man who brought down the Berlin Wall with rock and roll, they can power low-powered devices, such as hearing aids. And many Germans do, as they spent the last three decades listening to David Hasselhoff music. The technology could someday be used to create solar windows.
4. Animal Instincts
“We are sure that there are millions of solutions for unsolved technical problems,” says Elias Knubben, head of Festo corporate bionics projects. “There are many fascinating principles worth doing research on even if we don’t have an application in mind already.”
Humans & Robots: BFFs
Maybe Festo realizes how people might be afraid of alien tentacle robots, so they also are demonstrating the lightweight BionicCobot.
This "sensitive helper for human-robot collaboration" has seven degrees of freedom and is based on the human arm, not a monster of the deep. It's great for giving high fives and helping you complete jobs faster.
The super-safe, torque-controlled Frank Emika collaboritve robot also has seven degrees of freedom and can work around humans with no problem. The big difference is this new robot is projected to cost around $10,000.
The designer Sami Haddidan is so confident in the pressure sensing he equips the bot with a knife and has it jab him. The advanced sensor stops immediately when touching his flesh.
Solving the Smart Factory Puzzle
KUKA's Hannover Messe booth demo allows visitors to supply an image, which is quickly cut into a custom jigsaw puzzle. First the robot arm grabs materials from storage, the image is printed, and the puzzle pieces are cut by a laser. Finally, the image is glued onto a folder.
The SynQ software platform controls and monitors the steps in the process, from placement to delivery. The robots, cells and logistics in the smart factory are linked via KUKA Connect. --Steve Minter