Industrial manufacturers and producers across industries are implementing smart manufacturing initiatives into their enterprises.
To succeed, they require smart machines that can easily integrate into a facility, provide access to information and be flexible to quickly react to changing market demands.
As a result, end-user companies are challenging machine and equipment builders to deliver custom, smart and innovative machines that meet their specific needs, and can help them compete and supply globally.
However, building customized, modular machines requires more time and resources – both of which are being stretched thin for many OEMs.
Since this is not an optional task for those who want to stay competitive, machine and equipment builders need to find the right balance between designing standard machines for efficiency, and customizing machines to meet specific needs. They also need to select a solution that meets customer requirements and stays within budget.
A solution? OEMs can create standard, scalable building blocks to leverage when designing machines.
By organizing how they build with a small upfront investment of time and resources, OEMs can more efficiently modify existing designs to build customized machines. This will help them save time and resources over the long term.
OEMs don't have to start this process from scratch. Free, online tools available from companies like Rockwell Automation help them create scalable building blocks; select the right, “just-enough” products; and more efficiently develop customized machines based on the standard blocks. The tools cover the four system, life-cycle phases of a machine, allowing OEMs to concentrate on creating more innovative and differentiated intellectual property.
Explore smart machine solutions available from Rockwell Automation at PACK EXPO International, Nov. 6 to 9 in Chicago. And for OEMs exhibiting machines and equipment at interpack 2017 with Rockwell Automation products and solutions, enter to win the Best Future Machine Award by Oct. 31.
In addition, a wide array of accelerator toolkits include pre-configured components, such as sample machine and application code, to significantly reduce development time.
By implementing the preprogrammed, pretested faceplate/AOI sets for devices, such as drives, networks and I/O modules, OEMs can configure devices without writing a single line of code.
Design, selection, commissioning and maintenance tools are part of the commitment from Rockwell Automation to help OEMs reduce their time to design, develop and deliver their machines and speed time-to-market. OEMs can work with Rockwell Automation to determine which tools fit their needs best and will have the biggest impact on their business to stay competitive.
For more information on tools available to OEMs.
Co-authored by Steve Mulder: regional segment manager for packaging, Rockwell Automation
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