The Transfer Factory was developed to teach students about mechatronics and automation technology. It features individual cells that can be configured for a wide range of production scenarios. The version being exhibited at the Hanover Trade Fair will focus on the following:
- Energy monitoring using the latest wireless sensors
- Robot diagnostics via smartphone
- Integrated spare parts ordering by the machine
- RFID: the workpiece carries a record of its production history
- Asset management: QR code links components with their service information
The MPS® Transfer Factory can be reconfigured in minutes as required for the learning situation, making it a convertible factory. The cells in the Transfer Factory can be used individually or in combination without any additional expense thanks to the patented passive workpiece carrier diverter, the only solution of its kind on the market.
The double-sided construction of the cells enables different scenarios for group work, with students able to work independently on both sides of each belt section. All the cells in the learning factory are on rollers, which enables them to be freely positioned in the laboratory without tools or pallet trucks. The cells are supplied by a special system cable. Rewiring, fitting new tubing or additional installations are not required when changing the layout. This saves valuable training time and the laboratory remains free of additional supply ducts and trip hazards.
The cells and functional modules in the MPS® Transfer Factory are equipped with the very latest industrial technology. The Festo Didactic project consultants carry out a competent needs analysis, which is followed up with customised solutions for training courses in production and automation technology, robotics, and mechatronics. Experienced technicians and engineers from Festo design learning factories precisely tailored to the customers' needs using PLC and robot programming systems, simulation systems, CAD and EPLAN. Festo Didactic cooperates with a number of notable partners in the manufacture of the MPS® Transfer Factory. Festo is a Siemens Automation solution partner.
Festo Didactic also offers individual training courses in connection with the MPS® Transfer Factory: communication, robotics, simulation, image processing, PLC programming, fieldbus, RFID technology, plant simulation, troubleshooting
Festo Didactic is the world-leading equipment and solution provider for industrial education. We design and implement learning laboratories, educational equipment and programs that train people to perform in highly dynamic and complex industrial environments. Our goal is to maximize the learning success in educational institutions and industrial companies around the globe.