For many production planners, “Industry 4.0” is the vision that helps guide them: machines forming an integrated system that is monitored, controlled and evaluated from a central location by production planners. An impressive production solution at MAT Machining Europe GmbH in Immenhausen, Germany, shows that this approach is no longer the stuff of dreams. The automotive supplier makes complex differential gear housings on fully automated EMAG production lines – a process that includes capturing and evaluating large amounts of machine data.
The goal: significantly increasing the output of the lines and improving the process reliability. The overall system is already firmly integrated into the workflow.