Last month, EPLAN, PILZ, Rittal and WAGO, four companies dedicated to automation and advanced manufacturing, based in Canada with their headquarters in Germany, hosted Canada’s inaugural German Technology Days.
The one-day event was held in Mississauga, ON, and repeated in Kitchener, ON. Each company shared its latest industry-leading, energy-efficient solutions, through seminars and a demonstration area.
Roland Younk, president, EPLAN Canada, demonstrated how the digital twin helps in the digital production process and how today’s panel shops work mostly manually in preparing and assembling the panels. “Industry 4.0 shows us how we can handle the machining, the assembly and the wire processing in a smart digital environment in an automatic way,” he stated. “This can reduce typical production time from 58 hours (manual process) to a less than 34 hours (semi-automatic or fully automatic process).” Younk likens what is called Connected Manufacturing to what he calls Production 4.0.
Rittal demonstrated in hygienic design enclosure system for the food and beverage industry. The IP 66/69K, NEMA 13, 4X, 3R cabinet sports a 30-degree sloping roof and blue gasket technology to ensure maximum cleanliness.
In his seminar, Joao Paulo Vaz, Machinery Safety Consultant, Pilz Automation Safety Canada, showcased a system that allows not only machine access permission but also a safe operation mode selection with the help of one compact unit. This system also has an Industry 4.0 gateway to allow remote monitoring of various functions and modes.
Gurvinder Chopra, VP, Standards & Regulations at Electro-Federation Canada presented the luncheon keynote: The Synergy between Innovation and Standardization.
WAGO presented Industrial IoT Cloud access with Ignition SCADA, Sparkplug Protocol and Docker Platform.