Finding the right drive for a machine still represents a big challenge to many machine manufacturers. If the drive is too small that will come back to roost at the latest in the case of a possible machine extension. If the drive is too big, that causes costs that could have been avoided. Until now, manufacturers have relied on the knowledge of the experts from the drive suppliers. The planned machine was analysed and the appropriate drive recommended.

, from Dr. Georg Wünsch, machineering

Three steps to an ergonomic workplace

Optimised working environments are very important for man and machine. The optimum design of the workplace and processes as well as their holistic classification in the work system are the bases of efficient work processes. Modern visualisation systems can be very helpful in supporting process, machines and the ergonomics of the workstations in advance. The industrialPhysics software, for example, can be used for the simple design of workplaces so as to make trouble-free working possible at all...

, from Beate Maria Freyer, machineering

An oracle for production – how predictive maintenance can be implemented

Until now a production plant had to fail before it was repaired or defective parts were replaced. Today a fault can be predicted before it even occurs. Predictive maintenance is the new catchphrase that saves an enormous amount of money and can open up new business models.

, from Claudia Zeitler, Text & PR

Interview with Dr. Wünsch on the subject of virtual commissioning

There is a lot of potential in virtual commissioning, for example the virtual verification of complex mechatronic systems within the development of the product or plant – in other words before the construction of the real plant has even begun. That saves a great deal of effort in the real commissioning, which is naturally reflected in the costs. Today's virtual commissioning needs to be "thought" further however. It's no longer sufficient to end the verification process with the start of...

, from Florian Wegmann

The digital twin – hype or real added value?

Everybody's talking about the digital twin. Everybody wants it, everybody needs it, everybody should get it. But why? Does the digital twin offer genuine added value or is it all just hype that will soon fizzle out? We've taken a closer look:

, from Tobias Kern, machineering

The new view in engineering with augmented reality (AR)

A monitor screen alone is sufficient to look at the design of the plant from all sides. But in order to really dive into the plant and to walk through it, many companies are following the trend of using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in the engineering.

, from Beate Freyer, machineering

New approach: Continuous Commissioning in engineering

When you start planning a new machine or plant, the design begins directly with the first drawings. A little later in the process the Electronics Division adds switching models, cables and other connections in the form of CAD data. Right at the end come the plans for the automation and it is at this moment that the team is very often faced with the problem that the various plans don't fit together and cannot be implemented as such. The necessary new or re-planning costs a lot of time and money...

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