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02 December 2017

Standardised, modular automation solutions drive by DMG Mori joint venture

DMG Mori: automation drive Standardised, modular automation solutions drive by DMG Mori joint venture
German-Japanese machine tool firm DMG Mori has upped its automation game by founding a new joint venture company with German company Heitec AG, DMG Mori Heitec GmbH, with this representing an extension to two companies’ collaboration over recent years.

One in four new machines from DMG Mori is already supplied with an automation solution. In future, every machine will be fitted with automation on the basis of a modular system. Through these modular-based compatible solutions, DMG Mori Heitec will supply small- and medium-sized companies with an integrated automation concept.

Based in Erlangen, Bavaria, DMG Mori Heitec, based in Erlangen, is aiming to reduce both project lead times and system commissioning by use of digital twins. Project lead times can be cut by around 20%, and commissioning on site by up to 80%, while future additions or changes can be planned and tested using the digital twin prior to implementation.

Says Christian Thönes, chairman of the executive board of DMG Mori AG (the German side of the business): “We are strengthening our automation expertise as two equal partners in a joint venture. Thus, the development of the digital twin is of key importance: it speeds up and stabilises all the customer processes – from development and setting up right through to service – and ensures flexible, steady procedures.

Adds Richard Heindl, chairman of the executive board of Heitec: “Through automation and digitalisation, we are making a significant contribution towards increasing productivity and efficiency. Supported by digital engineering, we are achieving a considerably higher quality with shorter through-put times in development and commissioning.”

Also planned are automation standards for a broad range of customer sectors and the realisation of customised projects specifically for medium-sized companies, that is, the German ‘Mittelstand’.

Pictured/video: Robo2Go is a mobile robotic cell that loads raw billets from a tray and unloads machined components automatically. The unit can be relocated easily by pallet truck to serve up to four different lathes sequentially on a shopfloor.

Andrew Allcock

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