Just under 1,500 exhibitors and a gross exhibition space of 105,200 square meters: this year's AMB trade fair in Stuttgart – the biennial international exhibition for metalworking – took place from 13 to 17 September 2016, showcasing the latest developments in machine tools, precision tools and relevant periphery for metal machining. The broad range of solutions attracted around 90,000 visitors who, according to the event organisers, were of a high calibre in terms of their decision-making ability and willingness to invest. They were notably interested in all developments concerning the topic of Industrie 4.0.
Beckhoff was present at AMB for the first time. Particular attention was focused on PC-based control as the optimum technological basis for Industrie 4.0 and big data solutions, which are shaping the future of the machine tools used in metalworking, too. The fast, open and highly scalable CNC solution from Beckhoff already incorporates solutions for predictive maintenance and optimising processes using cloud-based services. Other key topics included EtherCAT P, which integrates ultra-fast EtherCAT communication and power supply for the system and peripherals in a single cable. This results in reduced hardware and installation costs and minimised space requirements in drag chains, control cabinets and the machine itself.
As Frank Saueressig, Manager of the Beckhoff Office Balingen and Product Manager CNC, points out, the show's visitors have clearly recognised the benefits of PC-based CNC: "The TwinCAT NC I/CNC automation platform represents a high-performance and purely software-based control solution for engineering and runtime systems that can be used to implement the entire range of high-precision CNC applications – from complex HSC (High-Speed Cutting) functions to big data applications. Our first trade show appearance at AMB was therefore a great success."