• Empa, Switzerland

    Empa, Switzerland: TwinCAT OPC UA connects research and innovation infrastructure on Empa campus

    Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research) conducts interdisciplinary energy research in the building and mobility sectors inside an actively used living and working environment on its campus. Empa relies on the OPC UA communication standard to interconnect its research infrastructure – three large-scale projects named “NEST,” “ehub” and “move” plus all components involved in producing, storing, transporting and converting energy.
  • IWS, Germany

    IWS, Germany: Productivity increase for laser material machining applications

    The Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik (IWS) Dresden (Fraunhofer Institute of Material and Beam Technology) carries out research and development work in the fields of laser and surface technologies. In one application for high-speed laser material machining, the process was optimized using technologies from Beckhoff. Moreover, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden has developed its own EtherCAT module.
  • Fortna and Journeys, USA

    Fortna and Journeys, USA: Fortna expands warehouse capabilities in logistics center with PC-based control

    To keep up with the continuing rise in online sales, retailers must design better websites, expand their shipping capacities and optimize their logistics processes. This challenge is very familiar to U.S.-based retailer Journeys, which specializes in footwear from brands that are popular with young adults, such as Adidas, Fila, Converse and Vans. Together with its partner Fortna, Journeys recently upgraded its distribution center with PC-based control technology.
  • ETNZ, New Zealand

    ETNZ, New Zealand: Emirates Team New Zealand relies on PC-based control and EtherCAT in America’s Cup contest

    PC- and EtherCAT-based control technology on the ETNZ boat proved to be a crucial aid for fast, precise trimming – the process of tuning the hydrofoils and the wing sail’s position and profile to suit the wind, course and swell. Beckhoff is now on board as an official supplier for the team’s title defense bid.
  • Ecmec, Sweden

    Ecmec, Sweden: TwinCAT 3 controls highly efficient machine for processing of die-cast automotive parts

    Swedish equipment manufacturer Ecmec AB has developed a high-tech machine for a supplier to the automobile industry that can complete several process steps simultaneously without having to remount the part being worked on. The machining center is designed for high-volume production of up to 200,000 parts per year and performs its functions and processing steps simultaneously within the same cycle. The machine reduces the previous processing and conversion times by more than one third, while requiring less of the valuable shop floor space with its reduced footprint.
  • IMT, France

    IMT, France: 3D printing – making an architect’s dreams come true

    A wide variety of different research projects are being carried out in partnership with industry at the Institute Mines Télécom (IMT) Lille-Douai. The university is currently researching the use of 3D printing for the construction industry and is taking a decisive step towards the introduction of Industrie 4.0 into the construction sector. The aim is to produce components of any shape according to digital construction plans in 3D printing. The additive production not only enables economical production in lot size 1, it is also fast and saves valuable resources.