Bila Robotic, Microsoft and Arrow ECS with common solution

15-06-2018

During E-18 and R-18 d. 11th to 13th of September, visitors will be able to experience how a scalable platform handles real-time Big Data from a cobot. The data can be used to optimize industrial processes, minimize downtime and support a realistic implementation of other industry 4.0 applications

Of course, there is a great deal of interest in the opportunities offered by the Industry 4.0 concept, and now Bila Robotic, Arrow ECS and Microsoft have succeeded in making a common standard solution that can be quickly deployed on specific industrial production lines.

– The prerequisite for introducing a realistic implementation of Industry 4.0 solutions is that you have a scalable and manageable platform for handling the very large amounts of data that Industry 4.0 entails. Many companies can easily see it technically and economically sound in introducing customer-driven one-off production volumes in a volume production – without disturbing the overall production flow – but data volumes are becoming too insurmountable to make it possible, Henrik Christensen, There is a product manager at Bila Robotic, who is Universal Robot’s distributor of collaborative robots in Denmark.

Henrik Christensen himself has not as far past as factory manager, where he has been offered several solutions that should be “Industry 4.0” on paper, but where the practical results have not lived up to the hopes. The big groups themselves have the potential to create viable solutions, usually parallel to existing production lines, but for the small and medium-sized enterprises, the concrete results are difficult to achieve.

– Some simple solutions are needed, so that small and medium-sized production companies can get a tool for an easy interpretation of production data. A solution will typically be scalable and capable of providing a simple and graphical interpretation of the large amounts of data that robots and production machines collect. If you can read data in simple images targeted at a given production, it will be considerably easier to access its production site from any location on the globe. The many data can be used continuously for optimization of processes, better planning of maintenance and control of spare parts purchases, better dissemination of information to customers for the products produced and ultimately the opportunities industry 4.0 promises in production technology, Henrik Christensen says.

Demo from E-18 and R-18 will be permanent
The current 15-man-sized company, Bila Robotic, has sales office in Silkeborg and a demorum in Randers, which will be home to the practical application after 13 September, which will be debut on the E-18 and R-18 shows.

According to Henrik Christensen, Bila Robotic has developed the application in collaboration with Arrow ECS Computer Division and Microsoft, where the latter’s Azure cloud platform is vital for handling and interpreting the Big Data that comes from the application.

– In the show’s robot area we set up a cobot arm from Universal Robots. In principle, the robot can perform any industrial process, but it is essential that during its operations it collects a variety of data for temperature, pressure forces on / off the subjects as well as many other factors that may be relevant to process in a process or automation environment. The loads to which the robot is exposed is also important for the factory people responsible for the production line, as this data will tell you how much the robot is worn and when it needs service. In the E-18 electronics hall you will be able to see how these data are processed and converted into easily understandable interpretations of the large amounts of data, explains Henrik Christensen.

It is Arrow ECS engineers who, along with cloud specialists from the Microsoft Azure division, have developed the algorithms that process the collected data from the robot. The purpose of the application is to show that it is actually possible to produce a platform that will easily meet the production needs of all types of industries. The platform solution is independent of the task itself, where it is the interpretation of data that is interesting in the application.

Reading and interpretation allow for effective management
The purpose of Bila Robotics, Arrow ECS and Microsoft’s concept is to give visitors to the show the experience that the same solution can easily be implemented in many types of production lines.

– The set-up of robots and automated production systems must be easy, obvious and effective if we are to get smaller Danish manufacturing companies to use robots more actively than today. With the offer of Danish, affordable cobot solutions, the hardware is in place, but now it’s about showing how easy you can access their production data in real-time anywhere in the world. You will be able to respond immediately to customer demand for throughput, as well as planning your maintenance very efficiently. And ultimately, one will quickly change and change its production if a customer order requires a change of specific processes, “concludes Henrik Christensen.

In the long term, one can imagine that online access customers will be able to request customized products that could be produced rationally without the intervention of the manufacturer. The prerequisite is that a given production company can understand and apply its own data from the production lines. This problem has been resolved by Bila Robotic, Arrow ECS and Microsoft – and you can take a careful look at the E-18 and R-18 in Odense.

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