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Scharnhausen Technology Plant: Automated and adaptable

01 Valves are automatically assembled

in the production cells of the large modu-

lar lines

02 An employee works with the

assembly robot in an intuitive and risk-

free manner.


Everything can be tracked

Right from the planning stage, the experts

ensured a high energy-efficiency level on

the assembly lines. The energy consump-

tion can now be individually determined

for each unit today. Possible leaks are auto-

matically detected, whilst pressure and

flow rate are continually monitored. Locally

employed valve terminals reduce the con-

sumption of compressed air on the ma‑

chines considerably. Thanks to cameras and

laser sensors, each separate assembly

step is inspected without delay. Barcodes

and RFID chips (radio frequency identifica-

tion) are used across the entire production

process and beyond, from the supplier to

the customer, to record batch data, process

parameters and all test results. Unfavoura-

ble trends in production can thus be identi-

fied early on, and waste or reworks avoided.

Human-robot cooperation

The adaptability of the automation process

combined with an intuitive human-machine

interface and the qualification of employ-

ees make up key aspects of the production

of tomorrow. Special machines or a robot

thus take over pre-assembly jobs, which are

ergonomically one-sided for people or have

a very short cycle. The robot grips a hous-

ing, joins cartridges and frame together and

ultimately passes the component on to the

worker for further processing. Such team-

work poses no risk for the person. Sensors

monitor all the robot’s actions. As soon as

an employee comes too close to it, the

robot slows down or just stops. Thanks to

safety mechanisms, the robot does not

have to be behind bars: a successful exam-

ple for the future-oriented and competitive

partnership between man and machine.