Consistent virtual engineering is essential for Industrie 4.0: at the Hannover Messe 2015, Eplan, Rittal, and Phoenix Contact will jointly present the complete vertical integration of data in the engineering and production process.
Visitors to the trade fair can find out first-hand how product data is generated, used for the creation of virtual prototypes, and forwarded to the production stage via standardized interfaces.
“From the Top Floor to the Shop Floor” – this slogan sums up the joint commitment of Eplan, Rittal, and Phoenix Contact, three leading solution providers in the field of engineering, in control cabinet system and automation technology. At their booth in Hall 8, the “Smart Engineering and Production 4.0” technology network will demonstrate the consistent automated process that leads from the digital item through engineering to production. Using the example of a control cabinet, visitors to the trade fair will find out first-hand how the data from a complete, virtual product description flows from the development stage to the manufacturing process via standardized interfaces. The digital product description can be used further during startup, system operation, and maintenance throughout the entire product lifecycle.
“Based on a virtual prototype and consistent digital description of all components, we create the conditions for the manufacture of individual industrial products. This is geared to production batch 1 and takes into account the principles of Industrie 4.0,” explains Maximilian Brandl, Chairman of the Executive Board at Eplan. Dr. Thomas Steffen, Executive Vice President for Research and Development at Rittal, adds: “In order to achieve more efficient value-added processes in industry today, the availability of high-quality technical product data and consistent, standardized engineering processes is essential.” Roland Bent, Executive Vice President at Phoenix Contact, concludes by summarizing their shared commitment: “We use the example of a real, highly automated manufacturing process for production batch 1 to illustrate the concrete potential of consistent digitalization as well as the complete integration of data across areas and systems. We want users to understand the future of development and manufacturing.”