“Industrie 4.0” and the Starrag Integrated Production System (IPS)
The internally developed IPS from Starrag offers customers a modular system of solutions tailored to their needs within the context of “Industrie 4.0”
Customers receive networked manufacturing solutions that are completely tailored to their needs using customer-specific modular systems, living up to the claim “Engineering precisely what you value”. The impressive results include increased profitability, improved safety and higher growth.
But what exactly does “Industrie 4.0” mean? We have moved through “Industrie 1.0” (mechanisation), 2.0 (mass production) and 3.0 (automation), and we are now on our way to “Industrie 4.0”. This new stage of development will shape the future of industry like never before. Ultimately, it is about forming an integral link throughout the entire value chain, from developing initial ideas right up to final recycling, including the customer services that are connected to each stage of this process.
On linked large machines, sheet metal forming tools can be completely machined in one clamping operation. The result is a 31 % reduction in processing time.
“The unique selling point and basis for reliable production planning is the cell controller technology that Starrag has developed in house, and that is used to control manufacturing systems and lines with maximum process reliability.”
By developing IPS, Starrag has made a crucial contribution towards achieving this aim. It allows customers to gradually automate their production processes so that they can ultimately take full advantage of all the options provided by the system. This begins with individual machines with add-on functions and moves on to flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) and even entire production lines. At each stage of expansion, modules are available that are adapted for the respective specialised task.
The unique selling point and basis for reliable production planning is the cell controller technology that Starrag has developed in house, and that is used to control manufacturing systems and lines with maximum process reliability. The cell controller monitors all the processes, thus ensuring digital transparency. It manages all the information relating to the production system centrally and passes this on, if necessary, to higher-level data processing systems via standard interfaces.
Maximum cutting performance when processing high-strength aircraft-grade aluminium – the linked ECOSPEED F provide a significant increase in productivity.
If a customer operates at the final stage of expansion, all they need to do is feed the parts for processing into a material accumulator. The rest happens fully automatically: from loading and storing the raw material, to various machining steps and, finally, to unloading the finished workpieces. All the data and resources are managed by the cell controller, which receives the orders directly from the end customer’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system.
Communication between the individual components provides invaluable benefits. For example, it can safeguard production reliability by monitoring the condition of machines, greatly reducing costs relating to maintenance and downtime. It also provides an opportunity to monitor and control energy requirements and consumption throughout the manufacturing process, optimising energy management. By better utilising their capacities and controlling production, companies can greatly increase their profitability or generate growth.
The components in the Starrag IPS system also address issues like mobility by making information available on mobile end devices or state-of-the-art humanmachine interfaces such as “smart operation”. Humans play a central role when it comes to “Industrie 4.0”. They are, after all, the ones who ultimately monitor and take over responsibility for the production.
The “Integrated Production System” is a crucial contribution towards achieving the aim of digitalisation, as it provides a platform for meeting the upcoming challenges. It offers support for users and operators of Starrag production systems and machines as they carry out the complex task of using data in a way that adds value in a networked world of production. Starrag IPS allows customers to gradually automate their production process so that they can ultimately take full advantage of all the options provided.