Industry 4.0 is about making your machines totally connected so that all sensors share all data constantly to optimize and improve production.
The technology of Industry 4.0 can harness all information from existing component sensors by acting as a hub for data gathering. This allows predictive maintenance and machine optimization. Data can also be analyzed to improve the design of future machines.
GLOBAL Automation Technologies, LLC works closely with it’s clients to make sure that we provide the most optimized and connected robotic system possible. By delivering a fully integrated product, GAT ensures clients can rest easy knowing they will have easy access to the data provided by the sensors.
History of Industrial Revolutions
Mechanization, steam, and water power.
Mass production and electricity
Electronic, IT Systems, and Automation
Cyber Physical Systems
Industry 4.0 Robotic Technologies
FANUC Corporation has been working with various technology companies on the development and deployment of the FANUC Intelligent Edge Link and Drive (FIELD) system, a platform that connects not only Computer Numerical Control machines (CNCs) and robots, but also peripheral devices and sensors – to deliver analytics that optimize manufacturing production.
The FIELD system will be a platform for the delivery of advanced analytics for FANUC CNCs, robots, peripheral devices and sensors used in automation systems. It will drive improved machine reliability, quality, flexibility and speed – elevating the Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) and increasing manufacturing profitability. It will also provide advanced machine learning and deep learning capabilities. By working with Cisco, Rockwell Automation and Preferred Networks – FANUC will offer a complete solution including network and compute infrastructure, applications and an enabling middleware platform. With this open platform — application developers, sensor and peripheral device makers, system integrators and others can build solutions that improve equipment efficiency, manufacturing output and quality.
With FANUC’s FIELD system, manufacturers can connect ALL of their automation equipment (not just FANUC equipment) to a FIELD system Server and shop the FIELD Store for applications designed to decrease equipment downtime while improving operational efficiency, product quality, and more. Since FIELD is a truly open platform, manufacturers have the freedom to develop and implement their own FIELD Apps tailored to their specific needs. Users can also purchase FIELD Apps written by device manufacturers (robots, machines, PLCs, sensors, etc.) to deliver advanced functionality for their equipment, or purchase FIELD Apps written by third party software developers with contextual experience and resources to deliver game changing innovative solutions.
FIELD system can be linked to higher level in-plant systems such as ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), SCM (Supply Chain Management) and MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems). FIELD can even be extended to interface with popular cloud-based platforms such as Siemens Mindsphere. Finally, FIELD system is backed by FANUC’s world class service department and FANUC’s “service for life” guarantee, making FIELD system the perfect choice as the backbone of your smart manufacturing strategy.
ZDT ‑ Protect your investment with FANUC’s proven IoT solution FANUC’s Zero Down Time application (ZDT) is designed to eliminate down time and enhance overall robot performance. While FANUC robots are highly reliable, manufacturers still need a solution to maximize uptime. Multiple ZDT Analytics verify the health of each connected robot: ZDT continuously collects and analyzes data to track each robot’s overall health and maintenance requirements while running production. ZDT will notify you if action is required to prevent unexpected downtime so you are free to focus on other responsibilities. Maintenance Reminders: ZDT analyzes robot data to identify required maintenance tasks based on actual robot usage. You can use this information to optimize your overall maintenance costs and schedule the most critical tasks during planned maintenance windows. Customer specific ZDT Web Portal: Use your own dedicated ZDT Web Portal to access information about your ZDT protected robots from anywhere in the world. You can see robot details at each of your locations, view analytic results, check robot health, maintenance status, and more. Partnered with Cisco® to protect ZDT data: Cisco® is a trusted industry leader when it comes to Internet security. FANUC partnered with Cisco to ensure that all data collected from our robots is kept secure in transmission and at rest.
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