• Aixemtec, Germany: Accelerating  high-precision assembly of micro-optics

    Aixemtec, Germany: Accelerating high-precision assembly of micro-optics

    Aixemtec GmbH in Herzogenrath, Germany, develops automated solutions for the precision assembly of electro-optical systems. The high-tech company offers customized solutions based on a modular system. PC-based control from Beckhoff, including TwinCAT Vision software, ensures both accurate and rapid process workflows.
  • measX and STIHL, Germany: Test rig enables control programs for endurance testing

    measX and STIHL, Germany: Test rig enables control programs for endurance testing

    Measurement technology specialist measX has developed a flexible, universal automation solution for the heterogeneous endurance testing environment of world-leading power tool manufacturer STIHL. The solution enables the fast implementation of variable, high-quality test plans. Efficient interaction between the Beckhoff TwinCAT automation software and LabVIEW™ plays a crucial role in the success of the solution.
  • IEH at KIT, Germany: Grid-friendly control methods for the power grid of the future

    IEH at KIT, Germany: Grid-friendly control methods for the power grid of the future

    The Institute of Electrical Energy Systems and High Voltage Technology (IEH) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany is researching ways to ensure system stability in the transmission grids that are changing as a result of the transition to renewable energy. In addition to simulative investigations, the behavior of power plants and inverter-based generation systems is being emulated in an island grid used as a dedicated test environment. Here, researchers are implementing innovative new control methods on Beckhoff Embedded PCs running TwinCAT to validate their application in realistic scenarios.
  • cms@wind, Germany: Seamlessly integrated precision measurement and control technology provide mobile early fault detection

    cms@wind, Germany: Seamlessly integrated precision measurement and control technology provide mobile early fault detection

    The cms@wind GmbH specializes in monitoring slow-turning drive components in complex environments and develops mobile systems for condition monitoring (CM) based on structure-borne sound. With regard to data acquisition, the ELM3602 EtherCAT Terminal made it possible to replace the previous measurement hardware with precision measurement technology integrated directly with standard control technology.
  • Aigre Tech and China Railway, China: Improved rail and track quality with PC-based control technology

    Aigre Tech and China Railway, China: Improved rail and track quality with PC-based control technology

    When it comes to producing high-quality railroad tracks, two Chinese specialists rely on the performance of PC-based control technology from Beckhoff: Chengdu Aigre Technology Co., Ltd. applies it with a rail-straightening machine to create seamless tracks, as does China Railway Chengdu Group Co., Ltd. with a tandem crane lifting system made up of four overhead cranes.
  • Haeusler, Switzerland: PC control guides precise shaping of the heaviest steel plates

    Haeusler, Switzerland: PC control guides precise shaping of the heaviest steel plates

    Haeusler AG is a leading specialist in large-scale facilities for forming metal plates. At the end of 2020, a giant 1,245-ton straightening machine was delivered to one of the largest shipyards in China. The company explains that this plant, the largest of its kind in the world, is used in the production of oil tanker hulls. In this context, PC-based control technology from Beckhoff ensures that the enormous forces for precisely forming steel parts are guided in the right direction.
  • Glidewell Dental, USA: Cloud-connected IPC helps enable lot-size-1 dental manufacturing

    Glidewell Dental, USA: Cloud-connected IPC helps enable lot-size-1 dental manufacturing

    Following dentistry’s CAD revolution in the early 2000s, U.S. dental prosthesis manufacturer Glidewell Dental evolved quickly to reach its current highly automated production. Flexible automation solutions from Beckhoff have helped modernize a prosthetic tooth factory. Here, the C6015 ultra-compact IPC serves as an IoT gateway, delivering patient-specific NC programs from the cloud and transmitting production data from a total of 40 mills every 2 seconds for analysis.
  • Brenton, USA: Pizza case packer with XTS replaces three machines and conventional product transport technology

    Brenton, USA: Pizza case packer with XTS replaces three machines and conventional product transport technology

    Amid rapid change in the food and beverage industries, consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers, contract packagers and their suppliers have to dramatically increase their agility to meet an exponential surge in demand. This prompted U.S. OEM Brenton to equip their side load case packer machine with the XTS. Now, the linear transport system enhances flexibility in product infeed and makes changeovers faster.
  • HP Indigo, Israel: Highly flexible digital printing leverages precise synchronization and distributed servo drive technology

    HP Indigo, Israel: Highly flexible digital printing leverages precise synchronization and distributed servo drive technology

    Shorter product life cycles and increasing customization are changing many areas of life, and the packaging market is no exception. Accordingly, manufacturers must adapt the shape as well as the look of their products to their customers’ requirements even as quantities decline to levels as low as one unit. Israel-based printing specialist HP Indigo accommodates these changes with its new V12 digital printing press, in which roughly 100 axes are synchronized and controlled with PC-based control technology, EtherCAT and compact, integrated AMI812x servo drives from Beckhoff.
  • Refine Finishing, Denmark: Faster and more flexible digital printing with reduced press proof waste

    Refine Finishing, Denmark: Faster and more flexible digital printing with reduced press proof waste

    In just a few years, Danish machine builder Refine Finishing has created a secure position among the world’s leading suppliers of machines that convert digitally printed labels. Equipped with PC-based control from Beckhoff, in particular TwinCAT Vision and TwinCAT IoT, the machines raise the benchmark for speed, precision and sustainability to a new level. Now even the smallest batches of multilayer labels can be produced on demand.
  • ESN Group, Italy: Modular and open control technology increases efficiency and flexibility in machine development

    ESN Group, Italy: Modular and open control technology increases efficiency and flexibility in machine development

    The Italian ESN Group specializes in integrated solutions for the automation of packaging lines. The company relies on control and drive technology from Beckhoff at every stage, confident that it is the ideal choice for meeting the requirements of modern modular machine building on account of its openness, flexibility and high-quality standards. It also values the close cooperation that has been established with Beckhoff since the very first project.
  • medPhoton, Austria: Compact drive technology makes high-tech CT unit mobile

    medPhoton, Austria: Compact drive technology makes high-tech CT unit mobile

    Austrian medical technology company medPhoton presented its imaging solution for radiation therapy for the first time back in 2014. This Imaging Ring is now also available in a mobile version, which makes it possible to view the inside of the body on surgical wards before, after and even during an operation. PC- and EtherCAT-based control and drive technology from Beckhoff is used to achieve the desired viewing angles and millimeter-precise alignment of the X-ray source to the patient.
  • Danfoss Editron, Finland and Sweden: Compact and modular control technology simplifies project planning for ship technology

    Danfoss Editron, Finland and Sweden: Compact and modular control technology simplifies project planning for ship technology

    Tellus, Sweden’s largest hybrid ferry, can safely transport up to 297 passengers and 80 cars per trip on the roughly 2 km long Gullmarsleden link between the towns of Uddevalla and Lysekil. Two specialist companies have now joined forces to ensure that the ship continues to offer quick and reliable transportation: Danfoss Editron, the Finnish supplier to shipbuilders that specializes in electric drive solutions, and Beckhoff, which supplies PC-based controls for the automation and monitoring of the hybrid diesel/electric drive system.
  • Müpa, Hungary: Festival theater modernized with advanced stage and acoustic technology

    Müpa, Hungary: Festival theater modernized with advanced stage and acoustic technology

    Müpa Budapest provides space for three expressive arts: music, fine art and theater. The festival hall boasts a multifunctional theater with what the operator claims to be one of the world’s leading acoustic designs. Hungarian company Színpad Automatika Kft. was commissioned with modernizing and further developing the stage and acoustic technology in the festival theater in 2019 and relied on PC-based control technology from Beckhoff in the process..
  • Grazmec, Brazil: IoT concept simplifies operation and increases machine flexibility

    Grazmec, Brazil: IoT concept simplifies operation and increases machine flexibility

    Headquartered in Não-Me-Toque in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, Grazmec consistently relies on new technologies for its seed treatment machines. The latest developments from the machine builder have relied on PC-based control technology from Beckhoff as an innovation factor. In particular, it has helped to open up the Internet of Things (IoT) for use in the food industry.