In the march toward Industry 4.0, the 4th Industrial Revolution, PC-based control technology provides a toolbox to implement the leading automation concepts. These include the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, highly centralized automation systems, and ever-more connected devices with industrial Ethernet and OPC UA.
This CNC platform is suitable for all industries, manufacturing facilities, and machine kinematics. The CNC solution is scalable and modular, meeting the requirements of flexible and multifunctional machine concepts.
Another development involves the use of Google Glass as a new concept for machine operation in an Industry 4.0 framework. The ‘augmented reality glasses’ integrate a heads-up display for information and a digital camera, among other features. For example, Google Glass allows access to status and dialogue messages, or additional information such as documentation, web pages, or videos. The service technician can access the properties, history, or current status of the sensor or actuator by reading a QR code on a motor or limit switch. The Google glasses represent a good example of the fusion of Internet technology and automation technology within the framework of Industry 4.0.”
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