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.
A new fixings and fastening system for assembling structural, load-bearing composite components promises 54% better adhesion, plus less weight and better mechanical performance than current composite fixing designs.
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