Automation specialist Fanuc has developed a new open
industrial IoT platform called the ‘FIELD system’ for users to be able to
evaluate data from machines and systems centrally.
Fanuc’s FIELD system can connect production machines
of all manufacturers by means of a local network topology, enabling
comprehensive data analysis of the entire process chain. In this
infrastructure, apps from Fanuc and also from third-party suppliers are used. The
motion plastics specialist igus has now developed a smart plastics app for the
new system. The app can be used by maintenance personnel to monitor the
condition of their igus components, for example, energy chains and cables, and
plan all their maintenance work in good time.
Networking is the current buzzword where predictive
maintenance and Industry 4.0 are concerned. In addition, industrial IoT
platforms are used. The Fanuc Intelligent Edge Link & Drive system (FIELD)
was presented by the company for the first time in Europe at the EMO. With the
FIELD system, production machines can be networked with each other. It can work
‘on premise’ or, in future, with a Cloud link. The system collects and analyses
the machine data on site. The operating data and sensor data of the machines
can, therefore, be gathered centrally via only one server and viewed whenever
necessary. Efficiency is easy to monitor, production processes can be
accelerated and maintenance work can be planned.
Due to the openness of the platform, all machines can
be connected to the system. Apps for the system are provided by Fanuc as well
as by third-party suppliers. Once the smart plastics app developed by igus and
made available to the FIELD system, has been integrated, users can monitor the
condition of their energy chains and cables at any time and can also plan
maintenance work well in advance. In future, the condition of slewing rings,
linear and plain bearings will also be monitored with the app.
via icom.plus in a secure environment
Under the name isense, igus carries sensors of various
kinds that detect the condition of igus components. They measure, among other
things, the wear during operation and alert the user early enough to plan
repair or replacement. The icom.plus communication module provides the igus
data via an integrated OPC-UA server. This data is then fed into the platform
by means of the Fanuc Converter.
“Due to the openness of the FIELD system, the
customer can now use the data and service life statements of all igus products
in a protected local network environment,” explains Richard Habering, head
of the smart plastics business unit at igus GmbH.
“The igus smart plastics app tells the
maintenance technician when they should carry out the next maintenance.
Unscheduled machine downtime can be avoided.”
The FIELD system apps, like the igus smart plastics
app, can be downloaded by the user from the FIELD system app store.