Robotic technologies improve fluid dispense applications for manufacturing
Many manufacturing operations rely on manual dispensing of adhesives or other fluids. This dispense method is adequate in some applications; however, it has a number of drawbacks. In manual dispensing, the quality of dispense is only as high as the quality of the operator’s work. Dispense accuracy is therefore often highly varied, even when comparing different products produced by the same operator in a single day. Poor dispense accuracy can result in a great deal of waste and rework, leading to higher manufacturing costs.
Companies looking to improve dispense quality and ensure operator-independent product quality can benefit from investing in semi-automated robot dispensing technology, such as is offered by Amada Miyachi Europe. With robot dispensing, product quality is always the same, as long the adhesives being used are within specifications. Robot dispensing results in higher productivity, less waste and rework, and better overall product quality; as a result, though companies must invest in it up front, it often has a rapid ROI and eventually reduces manufacturing costs.
Robot dispensing systems are best able to deliver these benefits of improved product quality and reduced costs when designed by industry experts with a great deal of experience. The expert robotic dispense technology team at Amada Miyachi Europe, a leader in the dispense market for over 40 years, designs robotic dispense solutions to meet each customer’s needs. The Amada Miyachi team then tests these solutions, working with samples of customers’ products to provide the most accurate and reliable robotic dispense technology possible.
The resulting robot dispensing solution delivers high quality products, low assembly costs, and a clean and LEAN manufacturing environment. The benefits of these robotic dispense solutions are widely applicable, as the solutions are ideal for adhesives and bonding in the electronics, industrial assembly, displays, sensors, aerospace, lighting, medical, and automotive industries.
Enrico Klein of Amada Miyachi Europe, a recognized industry leader in the manufacturing of equipment and systems for Laser Welding, Laser Marking, Laser Cutting, Resistance Welding, Micro Arc Welding, Hermetic Sealing and Hot Bar Reflow Soldering & Bonding.
Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.