June 22, 2022

Smart Connected Assembly – Powered by Data – Metrology and Quality News

Atlas Copco takes its vision of the smart factory to the next level. Called “Smart Connected Assembly – Powered by data”, it addresses the challenges faced by manufacturing companies as to how best to use collected data in their production. The concept shows how to drive value using the data created by Atlas Copco’s smart tools and solutions at every phase of a customer’s process – from design, to prototype and assembly.

The main challenges of Industry 4.0 are:

Higher product mix: The demand for customization of consumer end products will increase. The vision of Industry 4.0 in batch size is to have the same cost for one or one million units produced. This will require new levels of flexibility in production.

System complexity: Production systems will become more and more complex and more and more critical production operations will depend on networked systems. The importance of configuration management, software versioning, and access control will be vital to maintaining quality control and production availability.

Human factors: Human factors will play an important role for the future. Assembly operators must embrace the new technologies available to exploit the potential. To achieve this, the systems must be user-friendly and the large amount of data created in the assembly process must be processed with the most important information presented to the operator.

Sustainability: The focus on sustainability will be taken to a new level with plants powered by wind and solar energy. Environmental awareness will be higher and regulations enforced globally

What does “Smart Connected Assembly – Powered by data” mean?

Imagine, a technology that collects and analyzes tightening data throughout the life cycle of a product program, and thus can predict tool failures, recommend an optimal maintenance plan and reduce production costs. A technology that provides valuable information about previous production programs in the data it generates.

Design / prototype phase Design: Real-time analysis of the behavior of similar components used in today’s manufactured products. Prototype: technology that learns the behavior of the joint, detects its possible relaxation, sets up the process. Technology that stores information in a common database for use in later stages of the process.

Body assembly: Technology that imports analyzed data into the design and prototype phases. This analyzes quality issues, identifies savings in different areas, and signals when to perform maintenance.

Final assembly: A technology that allows centralized production management and can implement standardized processes anywhere in the world. Technology that provides quality risk alerts, reducing warranty costs and recall risk.

Stage of the life cycle: A technology capable of understanding the use of the tool thanks to its capacity to collect and analyze the results of tightening and to compare with the specification of the tool by having a 360° analysis. In order to predict tool failures in advance and suggest the best maintenance plan, minimizing unexpected tool failures and reducing production costs.

Smart Connected Assembly helps Industry 4.0 become reality. A reality where technology is easy to use and quickly delivers value.

For more information: www.atlascopco.com

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