Year 2013

December 2013InSystems donates for Straßenkinder e.V.
A year passes by so fast and Christmas is near again already.We had such interesting projects and product developments to work on over the course of the year time seemed to be going by in a flash.We would like to thank all our customers and suppliers for the great collaborations we had in 2013. We are looking forward to another year full of ideas and great projects and to innovating automation for and with you.The team of InSystems Automation would like to wish all our business partners and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Like last year, we will donate to the Berlin non-profit association Straßenkinder e.V. instead of spending money on any Christmas gifts. This association is funded entirely by donations and assists homeless and neglected children at square Alex and at borough Marzahn by providing them with hot meals, clothes and coaching for school. Another site is planned at the station and hotspot Ostbahnhof. Straßenkinder e.V. is also supported by the radio station STAR FM.
November 2013Automatical milling of clamps for ropes
For a customer in Berlin, InSystems developed a special machine for automatically milling clamps for ropes. These clamps are used for connecting ropes for play houses on children’s playgrounds.Two stripes in the die-cast aluminum component, conditional of manufacturing, have to be removed. A pneumatic gripper picks the clamp and tilts it, then two tools mill within one clamping procedure. The feeding is filled manually.
October 2013InSystems at Motek
InSystems is again exhibitor at the Motek in Stuttgart from 07th – 10th October, booth 1004 in hall 1.We display two Pick-to-Light demonstration systems, one P2L system with CAN Bus and the other with the digital P2L. Our booth attendee is Uwe Müller from the InSystems Marketing Company in Fürth.InSystems Shares the booth with the company LP Montagetechnik, with whom we already realized some successful projects and cooperate with in several research projects.LP Montagetechnik has a modular and space-saving material-supply-system, in which our P2L Sensors can be implemented fairly easily. A detailed description of a complex assembly unit can be found here:
http://www.pick-2-light.de/anwendung/
September 2013Start of the Research Project LIAA
On September 2nd 2013, the research project LIAA, in which InSystems is part of an European consortium, commenced. Under the direction of the Fraunhofer IPA, scientists develop cost-efficient robot systems and applications for assembly units. The collaboration between workers and machines is supposed to combine the cognitive abilities of humans with the strength, accuracy and precision of repetitive tasks of robots. The project’s objective is to develop a standardized software framework for assembly units that is economically advantageous, creates assembly workplaces suitable for humans and robots both, and meanwhile heeds the application orientation and safety standards. Currently the safety standards allow very little collaboration between workers and robots in industrial workplaces.The research project runs for 48 months and includes the plan to realize five pilot cases for five end clients.
A detailed description of the project can be found at www.project-leanautomation.eu
August 2013InSystems Summer celebration in Blankenfelde
On Friday, August 30th, InSystems arranged a summer celebration for its employees and their families for the fourth time. At noon, the first few team members gathered at the office and jumped on their bicycles. Sunshine, clear skies and high temperatures accompanied them to their first stop at the beer garden 45übernull at Airport Schönefeld where “rehydrating” and planespotting were the first activities of our bikers. After a short refreshment period, the trip continued to its destination, the Natursportpark Blankenfelde. The other colleagues gathered just in time at the barbecue and salad bar. The Natursportpark Blankenfelde offers a lot of space and many possibilities, resulting in friendly, and exhausting, competitions in beach-volleyball, football, table tennis and Kubb, before concluding the evening and relaxing at the bonfire.
July 2013Application Report for RFID and MES in Sleeper Production
The trade journal “Der Eisenbahningenieur“ published a detailed article about an InSystems-installed system for the optimization of production (only available in German). In the harsh conditions of the production of concrete sleepers, a RFID was keeping track of the moulds and trolleys and the production data was processed by a MES (Manufacturing Execution System). The article gives a detailed and descriptive measure of the benefits a MES has for the client. By recording and evaluating all parameters, the production process and costs can be optimized constantly.
June 2013WaProTek Closing Presentation from 13th of June 2013 in the Sartorius College, Göttingen
Approximately 100 members hailing from businesses, research facilities and institutions followed the invitation of the partners of the joint project WaProTek to the closing presentation in Göttingen to discuss the results of their three-year research project. The WaProTek research project concerned itself with procedures for versatile processes and production systems, with which manufacturing companies are to be able to quickly and easily conquer all new, yet unknown exigencies. This research does not only apply to the technology and processes, but also to operating funds, logistics and qualifications of personnel. After an introductive presentation by Prof. Dr.–Ing. Nyhuis from the Department for Factories and Logistics of the Leibniz University Hannover, each project partner presented their subprojects. In an accompanying display, the project partners presented the results of the research project.Uwe Müller of our InSystems Marketing Company lectured on reconfigurationable and stable assembly systems and demonstrated the Pick-2-Light sensor developed by InSystems.The lively participation in discussion by the audience showed that the topic of versatile and flexible production methods sparks great interest and proved that the examples used in the presentation described practical situations in many companies.All of the consortium’s research results was published in a reference book titled “Wandlungsfähige Produktion – Heute für morgen gestalten”, which will soon be available to download as a PDF file.The closing presentation and all results can be found on www.WaProTek.de
Mai 2013InSystems at the 12th annual Berliner Corporate Challenge
On May 24th 2013, the 12th annual Berliner Corporate Challenge took place, and again with successful participation of InSystems members. More than 10,000 people completed the approximately 6 km course from the Brandenburger Tor to the finishing line at the Straße des 17. Juni by running, walking or skating. InSystems participated for the third time and ten colleagues stood at the starting line in their customized InSystems shirts. The team rating was compiled of the results of the three fastest runners, and the fastest of our three teams was able to secure a place in the highest-ranked fourth of all participants. Further information, photos and results at www.berliner-firmenlauf.de
April 2013Cracking and Hardness Testing Station for Camshafts delivered
InSystems has developed an automatic testing station for one of the leading manufacturers of camshafts. First, the position of the camshafts is tested. After that, the cams are gauged by a measuring unit, using the eddy-current principle to check the cams for cracks. Additionally, the station checks whether the camshaft is properly hardened. An integrated printer marks the sprocket with fast-drying paint for easier assembly later on.The measuring units are installed on a pneumatic slide and can be adjusted to different camshaft types by moulds. The moulds are coded and the worker will be guided through the changing process by the control system. The testing station can be operated by manual loading but it is also designed for an automatic loading by means of an axis system. InSystems designed, installed and programmed the testing system and integrated the measuring unit and the printer.
March 2013Completion of the WaProTek Research Project
Mid-March, InSystems hosted the last meeting of the joint research project before the grand closing presentation on June 13th at the Sartorius College in Göttingen. Two scientific institutions and eight corporations developed ideas and solutions on how modern, foresighted process architecture models in corporations might look like. The joint research project WaProTek will present results of its three years of research and practical testing. http://www.waprotek.de/ergebnisseWe invite you to discussing the results and to visiting the accompanying display for solutions for improved versatility in processes and production systems.
February 2013P2L Sensor with CAN Bus
After the digital P2L sensor, InSystems now developed a Pick-to-Light sensor for CAN bus. The P2L C001 is currently in its testing phase and will soon be available for mass production. Using the CAN bus has many benefits in terms of control. The wiring is much easier as up to 100 sensors can be looped to connect to the SPS. Furthermore, the signals of the P2L can be processed more extensively with the CAN bus. With Pick-to-light sensors, one can create efficient assembly management systems that make for a faster manual assembly process while increasing process stability. Further information and many technical details are available on the new website of the P2L-sensors: www.pick-2-light.de
January 2013New AGV System proANT shipped
InSystems developed an automated guided vehicle (AGV) which navigates autonomously and calculates the most efficient route to its destination on its own. The proANT is noticeably lower priced than other commercially available systems of the same kind. The fleets these robots are organised in are scalable and can be integrated in existing conveyance systems. The automated guided vehicle was designed in collaboration with the leading conveyance system manufacturer Knapp AG in Graz as a universal AGV system and was shipped early in January. The load handling device is conducted as a roller conveyor and its height is adjustable. Hence, the AGVs can easily be integrated in existing conveyance systems and can complement existing logistics. The vehicles transport boxes and containers up to a size of 400 x 600 mm (15.7” – 23.6”) weighing up to 50 kg (110 lbs).