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PC Control Combines PLC with CNC

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 PC Control Combines PLC with CNC - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Automation & Control - Automation & Process Control Systems
Applicable Industries
  • Equipment & Machinery
Applicable Functions
  • Discrete Manufacturing
The Customer
Kraft Maschinenbau
About The Customer
Kraft Maschinenbau manufactures specialized machines for a wide range of industries.
The Challenge

Kraft Maschinenbau produces highly customized doors, requiring very flexible, mixed production of a large variety of components and products, down to batch size 1. This includes variations in frame size, materials, décors, seal types, and fittings.

The Solution

Kraft uses PC-based control and drive technology from Beckhoff, with multi-core support from TwinCAT 3 in order to run PLC, NC, CNC, and visualization separately on dedicated processor cores. The EtherCAT I/O and drive bus is used widely, including by numerous third-party suppliers, enabling rapid integration.

Data Collected
Expected Setup Time, Installation Diagnostics, Operating Time, Operation Performance, Production Efficiency
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Production Flexibility]
    Batch size 1 production is enabled through a custom designed line layout as well as integrated control and drive technology.
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Time To Market]
    Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened during the introduction of new products.
  • [Process Optimization - Real Time Asset Tracking]
    The location of work in progress can be identified in near real-time.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Production cycle time was reduced to 20 seconds, enabling production of 3 door frames per minute.

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