Exact position of tools in the screw process can be determined with sensors / new quality assurance component for IPM PG corresponds to the Industry 4.0 concept.
Großköllnbach, 29 July 2015. A module for position detection is now available for the worker guidance IPM PG. It allows confirming in production that a screwing tool is exactly located at the right position where screwing must be performed. With this module the manufacturer CSP GmbH & Co KG expands the range of its Poka-Yoke elements in IPM PG making the production process especially safe according to the zero-error principle. The employee at the workstation is directed visually on the screen. The sequence of steps is already defined here, for example, when five screws for a part shall be tightened in a particular order. Together with a positioning system, the correct position of the tool is detected in addition. Only then is the screwdriver released for screwing and the worker can perform the current step. The tool is locked again when the position is left. An individual tolerance window for the position can be defined for each step of the operation and each workplace. Depending on the number of sensors, both two and three-dimensional spaces can be defined and measured. This new intelligent function for more quality in the production process meets the current need of producing companies and corresponds also to the requirements of the hi-tech strategy “Industry 4.0”.
Such a form of process monitoring is required wherever safety-relevant processes take place – for example, in the automotive industry where life and health depend on screw joints: “In production, safety is a top priority especially for A-classified screw joints and processing points. Amongst others, the sequence of the joints can be critical for the usability of a component. This new module allows safeguarding the operating steps even more. The correct sequence can be monitored by software. With position detection another quality assurance component is added to the process. Employees without special training can thus perform no-fault work at any time, even when new versions are manufactured,” emphasises CSP Managing Director Mario Täuber the benefit of the add-on module. Different devices can be managed and applied with position detection. CSP offers a turnkey module for the automotive industry jointly with a cooperation partner. The solution is a safe investment because the integration of other tools, devices and machines will be possible as well in the future. Thus, CSP applies the principle of brand-independence used consistently for software here as well.
IPM PG is a worker guidance tool (worker guidance), directing employees at workstations through visual support. A worker is shown on the monitor who and at which location a step has to be performed. The concept saves elaborate training according to the Industry 4.0 approach and ensures no-fault production. The software interlocks work processes until the necessary individual steps have been performed flawlessly.
Author: Leonie Walter, Walter Visuelle PR GmbH