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“Smart” machines pave the way for collaborative manufacturing

“Smart” machines pave the way for collaborative manufacturing

  • Posted by Eleonora Bongiovanni
  • On November 19, 2020

During the 57th edition of Smau, the digital software and services integrated with the SCM machines won the “SMAU Innovation” Prize. The topic of the event, held at the Fieramilanocity on 20 and 21 October, was: “Interconnection of integrated and digital production systems and processes: the factory turns smart”.
The prize is an important acknowledgement of the high innovative value offered by the SCM and CMS industrial machines, complete with digital services and Internet of Things – IoT systems that make the end customers’ factories (from the furniture industry to construction, from automotive to aerospace, from nautical to plastic materials) better performing in terms of efficiency and productivity.

The case of Scm Group’s excellence illustrated and awarded at Smau is an example of how the industrial machines are increasingly becoming more “intelligent” and smart, connected and integrated into the entire factory, in line with the needs of Industry 4.0. In particular, once the sensors have acquired all the data and information on how the machine is functioning, this is transmitted and integrated onto the web and converted into high added value services for the end customer.
These are only a few examples of the services: constant monitoring and analysis of the machine’s state of repair and performance, anywhere and at any time; instant interaction and sharing of information between the customer and technical service provided, even remotely; a significant reduction in time and cost when resolving technical problems, thanks to the possibility of identifying them in real time and even preventing them by using the “performance monitoring” data acquired. All this is made possible by SCM’s “Maestro connect” IoT and CMS’ “CMS connect” platforms that allow the end customer to constantly work as efficiently and productively as possible.

The digital services listed above are probably only the first step towards an even broader concept of the furniture production cycle. The future goal is to make possible (and easy) to connect the machines with external platforms, designed to manage furniture design, material supply and distribution logistics. In other words, “smart” machines will make the production process more collaborative, as they will be able to receive inputs from a wide variety of sources/platforms, even managed by people who don’t really own (and know) the machines.