The automotive industry is the most highly automated manufacturing industry. Given that a myriad of robotics,MESSUNG MACHINE AUTOMATION FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR Articles programmable controllers and drive systems work in a real-time process environment, automotive manufacturing systems needto be highly accurate, efficient and reliable.
Machines used in automotive manufacturing rely on some of the most complex automation platforms, employing advanced and powerful PLC systems to precisely control multi-axis interpolated motion sequences. There is an ongoing effort to streamline the programming of these systems so that they are more “open” and easier to use. These efforts are also being done to add more functionality to machine tools, such as more user-friendly operator interfaces (HMIs), visualization capabilities and real-time data capturing capabilities. Industry code programming standards such as IEC61131 have helped improve machine automation programming tremendously.
Whether it is machines used by automotive manufacturers such as press lines, welding lines, painting lines, engine assembly and chassis assembly lines; or machines used by Tier 1 manufacturerswho produce ancillaries such as brakes, connecting rods, pistons, clutches,transmission components like steering and axles, differential gear boxes, etc. -automationin machine tools helps manufacturers meet their production targets.
MESSUNG AND THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR
To help automobile manufacturers and suppliers handle constantly rising productivity and quality demands, Messung provides automation solutions for optimising all production processes. The range of industrial automation applications covers the Press shop, Body shop, Assembly shop and Paint shop, as well as the intricate network of conveyors running through the factory.
Whether it is special purpose machines or pick-and-place systems, hydraulic/mechanical presses or overhead conveyors, milling, grinding & turning or aluminum diecasting and forging – Messung provides IoT-enabled automotive automation and control for machines and linked plants, they optimise every process stage and ensure greater reliability.
Messung solutions also facilitate the “Andon” system, the “Poka Yoke” system and the “Pica Pica” system that help automobile manufacturers to create an error free assembly process for the Engine assembly line and the Chassis assembly line. These systems help prevent errors, eliminate waste and streamline processes.
In addition to turnkey system solutions, Messung supplies standard Automation products, which allow machine manufacturers to configure controllers that are individually tailored to their applications. The control platform is based on industry and IT standards, and supports the implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts for machine-to-machine communication and for data processing and analysis in the cloud (OPC-UA and MQTT).
COMPLETE AUTOMATION SOLUTION FROM MESSUNG
Messung provides the complete machine/manufacturing automation solution including:
Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Messung offers a complete range of Programmable Logic Controllers in India, from the large modular Nx-Era Premium to the Nx-Era Xpress, the leading micro PLC in India. Messung’sNx-Era Xpress compact PLC for machine tools is big in features and performance. It offers quick and multiprotocol communication and gateway to Industry 4.0 to access the advantages of the IoT universe. Conformal coating ensures integrity and high performance even in harsh industrial environments. It can withstand extreme temperatures with resistance to vibration and impact.
Remote I/Os Messung’sXM-PRO Series of Remote I/O modules are indigenously manufactured by Messung under its ‘Navonmesh’ Make in India initiative. The Series is CE marked and certified for usage in harsh industrial environments.
Remote I/O modules enable users to greatly increase the capacity of the automation solutions enabling connections to electro mechanical actuators, sensors, VFDs and Servomotors, which are placed far away from the main control Cabinet. Messung offers a range of Remote I/O modules especially for Modbus, CANopen and Messung’s own “Mesbus”.
Human Machine Interface (HMI) Messung’s HMI helps to control industrial automation equipment. Messung’s cost-effective industrial HMIs combine advanced graphical tools and a selection of highly functional features. They offer a wide range of connectivity options, high-resolution touch-screens and modern design to deliver fast screen changes and program execution in demanding applications.
Variable Frequency Drives Messung offers a wide range of simple and high-performance Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) from Fuji Electric.The VFD Drive range includes standard and specialised models that can maximise performance for each application – from fans& pumps, to specialised applications.
These VFDs have an environmentally-friendly long-life design (10 years), are compliant with RoHS directives. With their built-in customizable logic functions, these VFDs give customers the ability to customize their inverters—from simplelogic functions to full-scale programming.
Servo Motion Controllers & Motors Messung has joined hands with two of the world’s leading brands for Servo & Motion Controls technology: Fuji Electric, Japan and Sigmatek, Austria. Best suited to high-speed and high-performance applications in the Automotive sector, the motion control and servo drive solutions are Industry 4.0 enabled, perfectly coordinated systems with a seamless range of engineering & software tools based on IEC 61131-3 standard. They achieve highly dynamic, precise motion sequences – in real time and from one source.
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Messung provides SCADA solutions to enable faster operations by accessing operating data to control and optimise a system. Businesses depend on the requirement for enhancing return on assets through operational excellence. Staying ahead of the competition means you can find ways to operate leaner and faster.
Since its establishment in 1981 as India’s first indigenous PLC manufacturer, Messung has been closely associated with India’s automobile and automotive industries. Messung has partnered with two-wheeler and four-wheeler manufacturers in their journey towards smart manufacturing, developing solutions for every stage of the vehicle manufacturing process.
With latest features like OPC UA and IoT capability, Messung’s PLC-based solutions enable features like remote and predictive maintenance, just-in-time control and energy managementto optimise productivity, minimise machine downtime and save costs.