AUTOMATIK 2018, the smart Danish outlook
Smart factory systems can learn and adapt in near real time, thus making factories far more flexible than they were the past. Two companies representative of the Danish drive, Danfoss and LINAK, are well-aware of the importance of redefining efficiency in modern factories. They shared their advances in this area at AUTOMATIK, the biennal international exhibition on smart automation and robotics that takes place in Brøndby (Denmark).
Relying on visibility, connectivity and autonomy
A smart factory is a highly digitized and connected production facility. It makes use of technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics, analytics, big data and the Internet of Things (IoT), it can run mostly on its own, and it has the ability to self-correct. The defining characteristics of the smart factory are visibility, connectivity and autonomy. Factories have long relied on automation, but smart factories take this concept a step further and are able to run with little human intervention.
AUTOMATIK 2018 gathered some of the main players in the smart automation and robotics industry and offered the perfect framework for exchanging knowledge on the topic. Held from the 11th to the 13th of September, it featured more than 180 exhibitors displaying their latest technologies and services, including global suppliers of robotics, motion control, motors, vision systems, metrology, software and system integration services for both large and small enterprises. The international exhibition revealed multiple innovations for leading a connected life with an extensive use of IoT, sensors and devices intended to connect machines and enable visibility in factory processes.
It is expected that by 2020 the vast majority of the new electronic products will have connectivity. In fact, the global volume of the IoT market will grow at a rate of 35 % per year. Business benefits are what drives the majority of organizations to experiment with IoT and invest in large-scale initiatives.
Danfoss presented its power solutions to improve energy efficiency
Extensive use of IoT sensors and devices will connect machines and enable visibility into their condition as well as into factory processes. Increasingly sophisticated analytics and applications based on artificial intelligence and machine learning will progressively handle routine work, freeing up people to focus on handling exceptions and making higher-level decisions. Thus, robots are expected to populate smart factories for routine tasks, working alongside people.
For Danfoss—a manufacturer of products and a provider of services for infrastructure, food supply, energy efficiency and climate-friendly solutions—the future of the smart factory is just around the corner. Their technology projects are opening the way for interconnected facilities, and they are already implementing new ways of assembling and also using collaborative robots for daily work at their plants across Denmark, Finland and the US. For them, it is not only about technology, but also about finding new ways of working.
At AUTOMATIK, they presented their power solutions to improve energy efficiency. As they like to say, the right technology can keep the world cool, hot and powered up with the least amount of energy. In order to make that happen, they are dealing with more and more heat to manage in increasingly reduced spaces, due to the market expectation of yearly cost reduction for control electronics.
The future of the smart factory is just around the corner.
It is not only about technology, but also new ways of working.
Linak showed its IC and BUS actuators for industrial processes
LINAK, world leader in the manufacture of advanced electric linear actuator systems and solutions, was another representative of the Danish automation industry at AUTOMATIK. They are creating their own Blue Ocean with a new series of actuators that gather data thanks to their bus communications and IC solutions for modern industrial automation. An increased awareness regarding the possibilities of digitization and automation means that there is a whole new market for LINAK’s technical solutions, and building and thoroughly testing a complete solution capable of data collection for their customers has become one of the main goals of the company.
Electric linear actuators by LINAK can be found everywhere in Denmark, their home country. At AUTOMATIK 2018, the company presented their actuators with bus communications to address the demand for more complex solutions for monitoring industrial processes.
Building and thoroughly testing a complete solution capable of data collection for their customers has become a main goal for LINAK.
Automatik 2018, inspiration and momentum
The trade-show brought together over 3,600 attendees, with a vast majority participating in exciting and interactive conference sessions on topics such as digital management, industry 4.0, smart maintenance, machine security, and robotics in production. Participants had the chance to discover new developments from industry experts, and, to exhibitors, the trade-show was an opportunity to meet customers—coming mostly from Denmark and Sweden—face to face, share knowledge, and explore new horizons in automation.
To summarize, in the words of Georg Sørensen, Managing Director of MCH A/S, the company which organizes AUTOMATIK, ‘the many positive statements from the industry confirm that exhibitors and the qualified conference program have created synergy and combined professionalism, knowledge sharing and personal presence. I am pleased that the whole industry is protecting the value of the personal meeting, and there is a big thank you to exhibitors, guests and partners for contributing to creating three days of presence, time and confidence’.