Italian ancillary equipment firm Piovan is investing heavily in Industry 4.0, taking what can be described as a two-stage approach that recognises that processors are unlikely to be able to make an overnight conversion to fully smart production.
Marketing Director Giorgio Santella says the company has many customers that want to move to smart manufacturing but have a big existing investment in plant. Santella says Piovan’s solution for these customers is its Winfactory 4.0 production supervision system, which is designed to allow processors with existing equipment to make the move into an Industry 4.0 environment without the need to reinvest. It uses OPC UA interfacing to allow connection between Piovan and third party equipment, whether it be a moulding machine, robot or a smartphone.
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