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.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.