IMTS 2016: GF Machining Solutions Showcases Tomorrow’s Smart Factories


At IMTS 2016, GF Machining Solutions will showcase new strategies implemented to advance the development of Industry 4.0 – a growing, worldwide movement to create smart factories that incorporate machine intelligence, modern automation, data exchange and the latest manufacturing technologies.

One such technological advancement and an important step toward the establishment of a smart factory is GF Machining Solutions’ rConnect central communications platform. The rConnect platform offers the industry’s most indepth remote machine tool analysis and its first phase is Live Remote Assistance (LRA). LRA allows customer-authorized remote assistance via the connection of
machines to a GF Machining Solutions local diagnostics center and the company’s plants in real time. With LRA, either the manufacturer using the system or a GF Machining Solutions technician can conduct remote diagnostics and inspections.

GF Machining Solutions’ goal is to provide its customers with a seamless, connected factory where cyber-physical systems can communicate and collaborate. To do so, it has partnered with CIMFORCE, a company experienced in the development of bridges between sophisticated, diverse software products used in advanced manufacturing. This joint venture will foster the complex software and hardware integration to merge all elements in the manufacturing process – from the shop floor to logistics and human resource management systems. Every facet of the integrated factory will contribute to the optimization of the factory as a whole.

At IMTS, GF Machining Solutions will showcase several other technologies with important Industry 4.0 capabilities. These include its True Response to User Expectation (T.R.U.E.) and Integrated Vision Units (IVUs).

The T.R.U.E solution uses CAD/CAM software to secure digital data utilization through an interrupted workflow for highest accuracy and consistency, while IVUs are non-contact, vision-based measurement systems that deliver in-process part measurement and error compensation to improve productivity, accuracy and cost-efficiency. GF Machining Solutions’ machines are also compatible with other measurement technologies.


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