To succeed in a world of mass customization, e-commerce, direct-to-consumer and omnichannel strategies, you need machinery that's built to adapt. Today's consumers expect to get the products they want, when they want them – personalized to their individual tastes and preferences. To meet this challenge, progressive machine builders are delivering machinery that adapts to the products being made and packaged, rather than forcing products to conform to a rigidly sequential process.
B&R enables adaptive manufacturing through intelligent track technology integrated with robotics, machine vision, and digital twins and controlled with our core automation platform.
What are the challenges faced by end-user manufacturers?
Independently controlled shuttles allow the adaptive machine to change product format on-the-fly with no lost productivity. Changeovers are pushbutton fast and fully automated, with no tools, change parts or human intervention.
A production line can even be readily reconfigured to run new products, thanks to a modular design and the use of a digital twin to simulate the new operations.
Flexible track layouts, load-balanced parallel processing, full-speed merging, and dividing of product flow, perfectly synchronized robots: The adaptive machine handles higher volumes of shorter runs with greater product variability.
There's no need for queuing or buffers, for an even smaller footprint. Digital twin optimizes configuration upfront and allows easy adaptation to future requirements.
With the adaptive machine, there's no compromise between flexibility and performance. Tight synchronization of independently controlled shuttles leads to higher throughput and greater productivity.
Replace rigidly timed sequential processes with dynamic, responsive solutions – and discover new dimensions of efficiency and productivity.
The adaptive machine supports digital business strategies with the ability to deliver cost-effective, automated, make-to-order mass customization for the first time ever. Manufacturers can now offer personalized, even batch-size-one order fulfillment directly from the production line to the consumer.