Eislingen, September 6th, 2023. Automotive and supplier industry, rail transport, aerospace – in these and many other industries, production processes are changing rapidly and from scratch. In the spotlight: digital technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence – they are shaping industrial manufacturing more and more and make sure that physical and virtual processes are closely intertwined. High-quality machine tools and processing centers in combination with data competence and simulation expertise are in demand.
- Digital technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence are shaping industrial manufacturing
- Digital planning tools provide maximum flexibility, low cost per part, and optimized efficiency
- FFG pioneers the realization of energy-saving solutions
3D simulations for more efficient production lines
At the FFG Group booth B68 in Hall 12, visitors of EMO Hanover can experience live at numerous exhibits how mechanical engineering and digital know-how can be combined to create measurable added value: maximum flexibility, low costs per part, and optimal efficiency, as well as energy and resource savings on the way to climate-neutral manufacturing. "To find the most effective and economical arrangement of workstations, machines and robots, we use 3D simulations. With these planning tools, we can plan assembly and production lines both efficiently and realistically,„ says Dr. Sebastian Schoening, CEO of FFG Europe & Americas. As a so-called process twin, the three-dimensional representation delivers accurate and reliable results and makes production processes and customer-specific details transparent. A digital product twin is also created on the basis of the 3D design data - it visualizes the technical specifications as well as the design of the individual machines.
A virtual immersion in production planning
The intelligent combination of these two information streams leads to a digital plant twin: It represents the overall system, which can be used to implement all planning, changes and inputs for virtual testing before commissioning. FFG's experts literally immerse themselves into production and material flow planning and can run through a variety of what-if scenarios. This opens up deep insights into processes, minimizes investment risks and saves costs. For new product launches, connected and integrated production systems ensure manufacturing excellence from day one.
Smart controls reduce CO₂ emissions per part
The energy consumption of machines and systems can also be calculated precisely for different production environments. There are numerous starting points to reduce the energy requirements of machine tools. "When it comes to implementing energy-saving solutions, we see ourselves as frontrunners. Above all, intelligent software control helps to keep the CO₂ footprint per part produced low and makes the operation of entire manufacturing systems sustainable," says Sebastian Schoening.
At the booth of FFG Group, visitors can conveniently access all detailed information on exhibits, machines and complete turnkey solutions directly via their mobile devices using a QR code. Experts will be available for personal discussions on more in-depth topics such as digital factory planning and process engineering as well as virtual commissioning.