Seven Siemens S5 PLCs monitor all activities within Muller Weingarten's transfer press. This information comes from the system's many data-gathering components. For example, Mannesmann Rexroth's HED 8 series of pressure switches, which operates in five ranges up to a maximum pressure of 650 bar, monitors hydraulic pressure. VADM and VADMI vacuum suction nozzles and solenoid valves from Festo AG transport freshly minted car body parts from one press station to the next--free from the risk of nicks, bending, or scratches. Non-contacting inductive proximity sensors from Balluff Inc. notify the vacuum system of a part's presence. All told,the Jumbo transfer press employs more than 6,000 actuators and sensors.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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