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Exchangeable modules ‘the future of factories’

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MAXOLUTION solutions are fully integrated and customised technologies that automate, integrate, upgrade and streamline existing production processes while still allowing for future technology to be incorporated.

That’s according to Dylan Enslin, Maxolution Engineer with SEW-Eurodrive, who said, “The technologies behind our Maxolution systems are extremely advanced and take into consideration that industry and its processes are constantly evolving, recognising the requirement for future upgrades and adjustments.

“Whether a customer is needing to source or enhance automated guided vehicles (AGVs), electrified mono systems (EMS) or replace or upgrade motors and gear boxes we can guide them from the project planning stage through to installation.”

Enslin said the company believes that exchangeable modules are the future of factories. Against this background, he added, Maxolution systems enable the customer to react swiftly to changes in market requirements as their factory has now evolved into a “smart factory” with a new, flexible and adaptable modular structure where components and machines are added, duplicated or removed.

“This provides greater flexibility for production processes to be adjusted when needed and in the most efficient way possible.”

SEW-Eurodrive was recently commissioned to develop a machine automation project with a customised Maxolution software solution. The pre-project assessment included motor and motor size requirements, gear box configurations, what electronic capability was needed to drive the specified motors and synchronised motor capability, critical factors that all needed to be featured into the design phase of the automation project.

The company also implemented the Maxolution concept for torque testing machinery in the mining sector, as well as in the automotive manufacturing sector for an engine line where travel axis/hoist axis, gearbox sizing, variable speed drive requirements, motor positioning and electronic communications were specified for the implementation of an EMS system.

“Many global companies represented in South Africa, for example in the automotive sector, have successfully utilised Maxolution systems at their European head office, and have directed their local offices to implement the system due to its effectiveness and superior technology offering.”

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