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26 May 2016

Smart Automation by Murrelektronik

As machines and systems become more intensively networked, creating transparency across the entire product life cycle becomes a key challenge for the future. The 'smart factory' concept offers great opportunities. At Murrelektronik we are pursuing this path with our customers. Our products and solutions are aligned with our 'Smart Automation by Murrelektronik' principle and form the basis of revolutionary installation concepts.

We supply modern components equipped with innovative functions and high-performance interfaces to enhance production modularization and flexibility. We always focus on our customers' needs: reliable user-friendly installation, straightforward commissioning (ease of use), reducing downtimes, end-to-end controlling in the field…

Practical examples from the Murrelektronik world include predictive maintenance products and solutions. Products reaching the end of their life cycle can be replaced just-in-time, avoiding downtime. Devices aren’t exchanged too early which makes the most of the device's service life: the device's life cycle has been used to the limit.

A fascinating research project involves the development of intelligent cables using smart core technology. They indicate when a cable has completed 80 percent of its typical number of bending cycles. Then it is time replace it during a regularly scheduled service interval. Several parameters are monitored at the same time in ower supplies: interior temperature, load situation during operation, number of start processes and component service life. Here too, warnings are issued at the right time so the part can be replaced duly during the next routine maintenance, with no unplanned stoppages.

A particularly smart feature is the IODD on board integrated in the MVK Metal and Impact fieldbuses to quickly set-up of IO-Link devices. The data required for the sensors and actuators is directly embedded in the GSDML file. Slaves can be easily connected and operated – plug & play at its finest!