Efficiency, full utilization of machines, reduced-personnel manufacturing – these goals can only be achieved through the comprehensive automation of manufacturing processes. Tebis 4.1 provides the foundations with process libraries that have been extended to include the clamping device library, intelligent collision avoidance strategies, process-integrated measurement and ProLeiS MES. In this interview you’ll learn:
Why manufacturing processes should be automated to the greatest extent.
Mr. Schmid, everyone’s talking about automation. You say that Tebis 4.1 is the platform for automating customer processes. What exactly does that mean?
Automation isn’t an end in itself. Manufacturing companies invest a lot in high-performance machinery. If they want to produce cost-effectively over the long term, the machines must run nonstop, 24/7 if possible. Without automation, there are too many obstacles in the way.
Do you mean examples like machine damage from collisions that could have been avoided by automation?
Of course, machine damage is the most obvious worst-case scenario. Incidents like this cost significant time and money. Fortunately, this rarely happens.. However, this example very clearly demonstrates why automation is so important, even if the worst doesn’t happen right away. For relatively simple machines, an attentive machine operator might still be able to visually detect potential collisions and press the emergency stop button in time. But the movements in modern high-performance machines like turning/milling centers and simultaneous 5-axis machines are so fast and so complex that it´s nearly impossible to stop the machine manually. That's why most of these machines have integrated protection mechanisms. The machine stops automatically as soon as there’s a risk of collision.
Then it takes time for the error to be corrected and the machine to be restarted.
That's the first point. Secondly, this requires experienced specialists who know exactly what to do. Third, the correction also must be fed back into the CAM program. Because the error shouldn’t cause downtime again during the next run. Waiting to collision-check the machining operation before it reaches the machine makes it nearly impossible to manufacture with reduced personnel and essentially "around the clock."