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Taking assembly into the connected future

Today’s manufacturing production increasingly requires greater versatility to handle a higher product mix and additional variants on the assembly line. As manufacturing becomes more complex, human intervention has also become increasingly important, making user-friendly assembly systems essential. Sustainability is also in sharp focus, placing further demands on manufacturers in regard to compliance with CO2 emission legislation, environmental quality standards and ensuring that production processes are energy efficient.

September 24, 2021

Atlas Copco Tools and Industrial Assembly Solutions is very well positioned to help manufacturers solve these challenges. Its state-of-the-art connected tools and data driven software provides a holistic Smart Connected Ecosystem which uses data to maximise uptime and quality, whilst minimising production costs and errors.  The Power Focus controller platform lies at the heart of the Smart Connected Ecosystem and is the next level of Atlas Copco’s concept for equipping the smart factory of the future.

Central to Atlas Copco’s Power Focus solution is the Power Focus 6000 controller, which provides the interface between the production line and the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software that controls the assembly process.  In addition, Atlas Copco’s open protocol software is designed to easily interact with MES software, allowing tools to be added quickly and cost-effectively.

A single controller provides power and communication for up to six tools from 12 different tool families, via a common controller platform.  This helps manufacturers remove cost and complexity by requiring just one power drop cable, ethernet connection and a single IP address for each controller and workstation, resulting in lower power consumption and improved floor space utilisation.

Each Power Focus 6000 controller is equipped with the Power Focus Intelligent Application Module (IAM). The IAM acts as a data storage unit within the controller and features dual partitioning and dedicated memory for upgrade, backup and restore purposes. This enables communication with tools to be easily achieved through a Virtual Station, which acts as a digital version of the controller. The Virtual Station connects the Power Focus platform, selecting, activating and monitoring specific tightening programmes within the workstation to ensure precise, repeatable accuracy within a fast cycle time.

Atlas Copco strives to be the assembly partner of choice, supporting its manufacturer customers with their current and future production challenges. Through the Smart Connected Ecosystem and the Power Focus controller platform, the company can help meet these demands with data collection, line management and quality assurance.

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