Intelligent Automation Links up Production Partners
Together with the A+W software firm, the French machine and robot manufacturer Tecauma formulated strategies that make it possible to do glazing without glass buffers. FENSTERBAU demonstrated live how robot glazing could be done directly from the transportation rack.
But, glazing from the rack can only function if the Tecauma glass robot knows the precise order of the glass sheets called for. Therefore, the window manufacturer transmits this sequence to its insulated glass partner with the glass order. Ideally, this works with a Tecauma packaging robot at the end of the line, sort of like the glazing robot’s big brother.
The A+W Rack Optimizer software arranges the production of the ISO manufacturer so that the sheets at the end of the insulated glass line can be packed in the order required. This means without manual handling, time-consuming commissioning or any hazard of damage.
Furthermore, the packaging robot is “fed” through an interface with the data from the A+W Rack Optimizer that gently places the sheets on the transportation rack. Here, the order of placing corresponds to the reverse removal order of the window manufacturer. And, if there are technical restrictions (such as poor order of large or small sheets) preventing the desired sequence on the rack, it can be packed on two or more racks that the window manufacturer glazes.
The glazing robot is driven reliably with the construction element manufacturer using the data of the A+W Rack Optimizer. This is implemented with a software handshake between the insulated glass supplier and construction element manufacturer. It also includes any changes needed in the sequence that are automatically transmitted to the glazing robot. If there are changes in the sequence only with the window manufacturer such as glass breakage or rush orders, the robot also takes the changed situation into account so that it can continue to glaze without losing any time.
Klaus Mühlhans from A+W Software GmbH in Pohlheim, Germany has this to say: “Intelligent interfaces between the manufacturer, supplier and their machines are the secret stars in the world of Industry 4.0. The A+W Rack Optimizer and the interfaces they are based on are constantly giving machine/robot suppliers greater opportunities for automation that the glass industry is dependent upon.”