Bila Robotic, Microsoft, and Arrow ECS’s common solution
At Denmark's largest electronics expo in Odense, from 11 to 13 September, visitors will be able to see how a scalable platform processes real-time big data from a cobot. The data can be used for optimising industrial processes, minimising downtime, and supporting a realistic implementation of other Industry 4.0 applications.
Naturally, there is a lot of interest in the possibilities that lie in the Industry 4.0 concept. Now, Bila Robotic, Arrow ECS, and Microsoft have successfully created a standard solution that can be quickly implemented on real industrial production lines.
"To be able to go through with a realistic Industry 4.0 solution implementation, you need to have a scalable, manageable platform that can process the large quantities of data that are part of Industry 4.0. Of course, many businesses can see the technical and economic advantages of adding customer-driven, one-off production runs in a volume production situation — without disrupting the general production flow — but the amount of data involved quickly becomes so unmanageable as to make this impossible," explains Henrik Christensen, product manager for Bila Robotic, the distributor of Universal Robots' collaborative robots in Denmark.
Henrik Christensen himself has a not-too-distant past as a factory manager, where he was presented with various solutions that were ostensibly "Industry 4.0" on paper, but whose real-world results didn't live up to expectations. Large businesses often have the possibility to create usable solutions themselves — as a rule, in parallel with existing production lines — but for small and medium businesses, real results are difficult to achieve.