hali receives international mechatronics award 2015
industry 4.0 has been the buzzword on everyone’s lips for quite some time now and has been covered many times in the media. at hali’s premises in eferding, the “total artwork” of a smart factory has already been implemented after a construction period of four years; it offers all the advantages of fully automated industrial production on the basis of a batch size of one. hali has therefore assumed a pioneering role in the implementation of industry 4.0 standards and demonstrated visionary far-sightedness. this has enabled hali to make the transition from technology leader to market leader and is now supporting the company as it seeks to become the most sustainable office furniture manufacturer in austria.
during an official award giving ceremony at the siemens forum in linz, hali received the international mechatronics award 2015 as a result of its industry 4.0-based development. the company received the coveted award in the category “outstanding achievements in the implementation of industry 4.0 measures”. the award is presented annually by the industrial association of upper austria, the mechatronics cluster, the linz center of mechatronics gmbh (LCM) and the austrian association of engineers and architects, which is part of the federal state group of upper austria.
photocredit: industriellenvereinigung oö
iv oö president dr. axel greiner, hali ceo mag. christoph königslehner und Economic County Council
dr. michael strugl
the unique advantages of the hali manufacturing plant are summarised here for all technology fans and anyone interested in learning more:
the entire system – from planning through to finished product – follows a continuous process. the data sets from planning are fed directly into the machine and trigger an automatic material order. the ordered material is then completely randomly placed in the machine’s own store, which can house up to 4,000 panels. once the actual production has started, which always takes into account the fifteen-day production time, each part is assigned a virtual identification, which it keeps throughout the production process. this software solution completely eliminates the usual labelling of workpieces. the highlight of the system is that it has the shortest set-up time in the world, because no matter which part format enters the machine, all the units have a maximum set-up time of 1.5 seconds. the component storage system integrated into the system is also impressive; it has a capacity of 6,000 parts spread over a total area of 6km2 and is used for buffering and picking the parts for final assembly. in a nutshell, this production plant makes it possible to rule out production-related sources of error. at the same time, a capacity increase of 30% has been achieved with the same staff levels.
in addition, the production system’s performance is the basis for the fantastic hali formula (48+15)m = 48 million product variants, manufactured with down-to-the-millimetre precision to meet customer specifications in 15 days.