Sheet Metal Industry 4.0

There’s no need for the sheet metal, pipe and profile processing industries to get involved with the hype surrounding the factory of the future in accordance with Industry 4.0 strategies – this has long since become reality in the networking world of the computer technologies used extensively in this sector! Already today, CAD/CAM for sheet metal is an essential part of everyday life down to the last detail, including data transfer from design engineering via NC programming right on up to consistently implemented, computer-based quality assurance. The same applies in many places with regard to automated raw and finished parts handling – from storage of sheet metal, pipe and profiles in automatic storage systems, order-driven removal from storage and transport to the processing machines, as well as handling of blanks at the brake and die-bending presses, right on up to positioning manipulation for robot welding in production with flexible order quantities.