Connected factory

Intermac will focus on the shift to Industry 4.0 at Glasstec, and will demonstrate its technology that places particular emphasis on automation and integration.

A company that intends to face the challenges of digital transformation must evolve towards an entirely new dimension, transforming itself into a smart factory, the company said.

“In this new context, Intermac supports this evolutionary process by cultivating digital culture within manufacturing companies, so that these may benefit as much as possible from the digitalisation of processes,” Franco Angelotti, sales director for Intermac, said.

“For Intermac, Glasstec is a prestigious stage and the best occasion in which to demonstrate for our clients how they may progress in the name of flexibility and optimisation of processes.”

In particular, Intermac will be demonstrating: the Movetro handling and storage systems; the Master Loader, a flexible robotic cell, designed and created to optimise loading and unloading times for work centres and water-jet machines; the V-Loader, an automatic loader for the collection and deposit of sheets of glass from pallets to the roller beds of vertical work centres; and new technological tools for work centres that, “make it possible to revolutionise industrial manufacturing, guaranteeing competitiveness and a reduction in time-to-market production,” the company said.

Furthermore, Sophia is an ‘Internet of Things’ (IOT) tool that helps make the process of factory digitalisation a reality.

This new platform provides real time information and data from machines distributed around the world, allowing Intermac to monitor production, analyse the functioning of the machinery, identify malfunctions, assist clients in maintenance operations, order replacement parts in less time, and conduct predictive maintenance.

Sophia is also accompanied by ‘I-Cam’ software, capable of communicating with external management systems, and automatically generating work schedules even from a simple reading of text files.