Germany: Networking machine tool industry

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Hungry for more and more data

But of course the massive amount of data has to be processed and handled. Big Data analyses are hungry for more and more data from the metal-cutting process, says Prof. Jivka Ovtcharova from the Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie (KIT). The graduate engineer with two doctorates in mechanical engineering and computer science is head of the Institut für Informationsmanagement im Ingenieurwesen (IMI).

"In the metalworking industry, in the near future it will be exactly like in many other Industry 4.0 sectors," she says. "By means of a virtual image, it will be possible to validate operational concepts in the value creation process for a machine tool in real time. An example is the manual and automatic operation and the configuration of the machine tool via intuitive human-machine interfaces such as web surfaces or haptic interaction devices. Comprehensive simulation of the actual movement of the machine tool will make it possible to create the virtual 3D machine tool model via the control system software. Furthermore, it will be possible to carry out a final validation before the machining, which will enormously reduce the time required for the trial runs on the real machine tool."

Join us at AMB to find out whether will we see machine tools or computers with spindles on show at AMB in Stuttgart.

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