March 24, 2023
On February 20, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) revealed details of the “Future Production Line” project it is conducting with DMG MORI and FANUC. Under this project, the two companies have established a dynamic production pilot line at DMG MORI’s Nara Product Development Center that can be flexibly and quickly reconfigured and controlled by building a “local 5G” communication environment, a regional high-speed communication standard.
This pilot line consists of a cloud-based wireless communication platform that transmits and receives data between existing production equipment and automated guided vehicles (AGVs), as well as a “Machining Assist Module,” which is software that assists the AGVs with appropriate machining based on the machining conditions, and more. If production equipment fails, the AGVs automatically pick up replacement equipment and use the Machining Assist Module to make program corrections so that production can continue. Supply chain disruptions can be avoided by repairing the original equipment while the replacement equipment is running. With the new production line, NEDO and the two companies will have further verification of the application in practice.
NEDO is a national research and development agency that creates innovation by promoting technological development necessary for realization of a sustainable society. The organization acts as an innovation accelerator to contribute to the resolution of social issues by developing and demonstrating high-risk innovative technologies having practical application.
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