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PC Control Combines PLC with CNC

Technology Category
  • Automation & Control - Automation & Process Control Systems
Applicable Industries
  • Equipment & Machinery
Applicable Functions
  • Discrete Manufacturing
The Challenge

Kraft Maschinenbau produces highly customized doors, requiring very flexible, mixed production of a large variety of components and products, down to batch size 1. This includes variations in frame size, materials, décors, seal types, and fittings.

About The Customer
Kraft Maschinenbau manufactures specialized machines for a wide range of industries.
The Customer
Kraft Maschinenbau
The Solution

Kraft uses PC-based control and drive technology from Beckhoff, with multi-core support from TwinCAT 3 in order to run PLC, NC, CNC, and visualization separately on dedicated processor cores. The EtherCAT I/O and drive bus is used widely, including by numerous third-party suppliers, enabling rapid integration.

Data Collected
Expected Setup Time, Installation Diagnostics, Operating Time, Operation Performance, Production Efficiency
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Production Flexibility]
    Batch size 1 production is enabled through a custom designed line layout as well as integrated control and drive technology.
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Time To Market]
    Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened during the introduction of new products.
  • [Process Optimization - Real Time Asset Tracking]
    The location of work in progress can be identified in near real-time.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Production cycle time was reduced to 20 seconds, enabling production of 3 door frames per minute.

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