This year's partnership between Japan and CeBIT as a "Global Event for Digital Business" brings several new faces to the fore. One is technology group and global player Yaskawa, which is showcasing links to the IT world for the first time with its trade fair première in Hannover.
From the virtual simulation of plants and processes right through to the automated manufacturing of an individual product to custom requirements, all the key Industry 4.0 advances call for standardized interfaces. As one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial robots, drive solutions and control technology, Yaskawa delivers intelligent control and software concepts that fit the bill perfectly. To name one example, the GA700 generation of frequency inverters on show at CeBIT in Hannover already offers intuitive PC tools, smartphone apps and cloud services for parameter management and backup. Meanwhile, the compact and exceptionally fast VIPA MICRO PLC compact controller communicates as standard via Ethernet TCP/IP. What's more, an optional Bluetooth adapter ensures both detailed diagnosis and easy access to visualization and operation options via commercially available smartphones and tablets using the new free VIPA app.
Alongside these concept-based approaches, Yaskawa is also hosting impressive live demonstrations of solutions, including the trailblazing Motoman HC10 - a robot arm designed to collaborate with its environment with exceptional flexibility. As a further highlight, a demo cell developed as a concept study at the Yaskawa Innovation Center will be demonstrating the potential of individualized (build-to-order) production, with diligent mini robots assembling model cars in real-time at the stand. Visitors will see the automated production process for their car start while they are still adding the finishing touches to their designs on a tablet. The "customers" can then monitor the current status of all components and sensors within the production line in real time.