Into the cloud with KUKA SmartConnect.frictionwelding
KUKA SmartConnect.frictionwelding is a cloud-based software application used by the Genius friction welding machine from KUKA Industries to integrate itself into KUKA SmartProduction alongside other cloud solutions already implemented by connyun. All machine, production and process data can be retrieved via a secure Internet connection and automatically analyzed – worldwide – via PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The friction welding machine communicates with the cloud via the Industrie 4.0 standard OPC UA and the KUKA Remote Service Client, a local edge gateway that handles the control functions and data communication with the cloud. In this way, important status data can be viewed from anywhere, welding processes can be monitored live, and problems can be detected and eliminated in good time.
“With the condition-based maintenance feature, the actual condition of machine components is factored into the calculation of maintenance intervals for the first time using sensor data. In this way, maintenance expenditure can be reduced by up to 75%. It is also possible to link and analyze important process variables with Expert Analytics and send messages, e.g. to the maintenance technician’s smartphone, for rapid troubleshooting. This all ultimately leads to increased uptime and even greater productivity of the friction welding machines,” says Product Manager Till Maier, summarizing the advantages.