KUKA SmartProduction

KUKA SmartProduction makes your production line ready for the future. By intelligently and securely connecting all manufacturing machines to the cloud, we increase your production efficiency and process quality in a sustainable manner.

KUKA SmartProduction as a software for intelligent networking

Production lines consist of numerous sensors, actuators, network components, and lots more. Virtually all these integrated “things” are potentially valuable information providers, since processes depend on the interaction of various components and peripheral properties. If the aim is to use data not only to optimize individual components, but also to increase process quality, they must be intelligently processed and visualized together. KUKA SmartProduction gives system operators access to the information of process-relevant machines for evaluation – in compliance, of course, with the highest security standards and clear data association.

The cloud as a central storage

KUKA SmartProduction ensures easy, seamless, and manufacturer-independent cross-sector linkage of all production machines in the cloud. Designed for maximum freedom, KUKA SmartProduction can be deployed across different hardware and software landscapes. KUKA solution’s standardized interfaces and future-proof architecture make it the ideal IoT platform for enterprises in all markets and sectors.

KUKA SmartProduction lets you easily digitize your processes and make them accesible via the cloud.

A new level of digitization

KUKA SmartProduction enables all enterprises to consistently digitize whole cells and production lines. It creates an interoperable network, in which micro services and Big Data analyses can be used to analyze and lastingly improve manufacturing efficiency, quality, and flexibility. With our open platform we offer component manufacturers, system integrators, and machine operators an additional channel for value-added services and applications for the manufacturing industry.

Connecting and digitizing processes sustainably increases your production efficiency and quality.

SmartProduction Cell with IIoT Platform

With a fully automated and networked robotic cell with two integrated Heller machining centers, KUKA connects the analog and digital world of smart production.

KR 500 L480-3MT robot picks up cast components using pneumatic grippers and presents them to one of the Heller machining centers. After the components have been drilled and milled, they are deburred in the outer position by the robot and subsequently unloaded. To enable it to feed parts to both machining centers from a total of four supply stations, the robot is installed on the KL 1500-3 linear unit.

The connection to the digital world is established through the networking of all relevant components with each other and with the KUKA Cloud. This means that not just KUKA products are integrated into the SmartProduction environment, but also all other active components of the cell. The data are collected in the KUKA Connectivity Box and forwarded to the cloud.

The cloud was developed by KUKA subsidiary connyun. Services such as authentication, data processing, predictive maintenance and evaluation of events are performed in the cloud. The interactive illustration below shows how all data from the machines, machining spindles, robots and tools are displayed in clearly structured dashboards. In this way, operators, maintenance personnel and management have a complete overview of the production process as well as full control – at any time and from any location.

  • SmartProduction View

    The SmartProduction dashboard gives an overview of connected assets and their real-time conditions. It shows the cell mode (producing, seek advise, stopped), the target and the produced units so far.

    The floor plan of the cell shows the location and status of each asset.

    The asset explorer helps to get an overview of the health status of all assets of the cell.

    The performance tile provides insights about the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) parameters and historical data. The OEE is calculated through quality, availability and performance.

  • Gripper

    The status tile provides the health status and general information about your asset.

    The service life tile gives an overview about the services status and precise maintenance information for all grippers.

    The preventive maintenance tool counts the exact cycles for each gripper.

    The maintenance tool shows runtime services refering to the technical manual.

  • Brownfield Sensor Addition

    The status tile provides the health status and general information about your asset.

    The process configuration tile gives an overview of the temperature and critical parameters.

    The production influence tile helps to detect anomalies based on the temperature and timeframes. It can check what happened in the past.

    The condition monitoring shows parameters refering to the Heller machine.

  • Motor Spindle

    The status tile provides the health status and general information about your asset.

    The service life tile gives an overview about the services status and precise maintenance information for all the tools.

    The preventive maintenance tool counts the exact cycles for each tool.

    The maintenance tool shows runtime services refering to the technical manual.

  • Machining / Material Handling

    The status tile provides the health status and general information about your asset.

    The raw/finished parts tile gives an overview of the numbers of the raw and finished parts of each turntable.

    The floor plan of the cell shows the location and status of each turntable.

工业 4.0 - 结构

在将生产单元与 Heller 公司的数控机床(“Heller 单元”)联网时,KUKA 采用了先进的工业 4.0 架构。在简略示意图中,这一架构可通过四个层面进行描述:生产组件(系统)、边界控制器、工业物联网平台和用户界面。

工业 4.0 架构


第一层 - 生产组件

该层描述了用于生产并与云端应用联网的实际的机器和传感器。对于“Heller 单元”,这里所指的是 Heller 机械制造有限公司、KUKA 股份公司、Zimmer 集团和 altran 集团的机器。

第二层 - 边界控制器

该层构成了生产单元和工业物联网平台之间的安全信息枢纽。一方面,KUKA 边界控制器能够根据即插即用原理通过 OPC/UA 或 MQTT 等现代标准协议与设备进行通信;另一方面,由于边界控制器可通过个性化协议进行模块化扩展,因此还可以用来连接“棕色地带”设备。

第三层 - 工业物联网平台

KUKA 工业物联网平台提供了大量工业常用的工业物联网应用和服务。其中,应用包括资产管理、状态监控和预防性维护等。工业物联网服务则是用于构建工业物联网解决方案的即用模块,例如:生产机器学习、生产分析/大数据、规则引擎、事件管理和创建工作流。

第四层 - 符合人体工学的界面

通过在网页浏览器上登录,最终用户可以访问用户界面。由此可方便用户使用数据。对于 Heller 单元,则是通过一个概览页面进入。之后用户便可导航至相应设备。除了设备状态的概览外,在此还提供了一系列功能,如工厂或各生产单元的 KPI。可根据客户的具体需求灵活调整用户界面。

At the end of the day, the question remains: what does the future hold for medium-sized engineering enterprises? With KUKA SmartProduction, KUKA paves the way for enterprises across all sectors to position themselves in the digital world. The challenge and chance for those enterprises is to seize the opportunities while not losing touch with own core competencies.

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