SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co. KG is using HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to show that it's thinking ahead in terms of Industry 4.0 and has already found intelligent solutions for the factory of tomorrow. What had until recently just been a fantasy is now set to become a reality - especially in internal logistics, where rigid lines are being replaced by flexible, intelligent and mobile solutions. For years, the automotive industry has been at the forefront of new production and assembly processes, quickly adapting and implementing new processes as digitization progresses - thus changing the face of production. Perfectly designed, modular process modules - networked using mobile transportation and assistance systems - lay the foundations for the adaptable production of tomorrow and help deliver the best possible performance thanks to intelligent cooperation between humans and technology, supporting automation and newly designed, future-proof material flow and logistics concepts. SEW EURODRIVE is showcasing its smart approaches to the intelligent automobile factory of the future based on the production line of the e.GO electric vehicle as an example.
The design and automation of the e.GO production site in Aachen, in which SEW EURODRIVE is currently heavily involved as part of a joint project, is based on the comprehensive SEW modular product and technology system. This modular system offers drive, control and safety technology, along with software and visualization – all from a single source. Mobile logistics and assembly assistants, configured from the SEW modular system, are designed to carry out logistics tasks autonomously and cooperatively or to support ergonomic working practices as a mobile, intelligent workbench. What’s more, smart factory services such as augmented reality applications are designed to make processes even safer and more efficient through the needs-based provision of helpful information. Each individual component - each system - also makes data available in the cloud. SEW EURODRIVE solutions are said to be the easiest way of achieving this, as functions and interfaces are taken directly into account in the MOVI C modular automation system. The data provided is evaluated using algorithms from SEW EURODRIVE, interpreted by experts where necessary, and reissued to the user via user-friendly software interfaces. This results in a holistic, digital map of the system and components, which makes it possible to gain insights into drive components, system solutions and processes. In other words, the system describes how it feels, making it easier to forecast possible failures and derive appropriate recommendations on how to tackle them. SEW EURODRIVE is therefore using the example of the e.GO production line at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to demonstrate how its solutions for hardware, software and IoT services can be used to increase the overall system availability of a production site.