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Research today: Artificial intelligence for machine tool maintenance

An integrated camera with light source enables continuous monitoring of the spindle in the drive. (Image: KIT) Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a system for fully automated monitoring of ball screw drives in machine tools. A camera integrated directly into the nut of the drive generates images that artificial intelligence continuously monitors for signs of wear, helping to reduce machine downtime.

Controlling and optimizing production processes with ERP systems

Digitalization is now a key factor in all industries, including manufacturing. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are among the most critical digital technologies for manufacturers, because they are the key to maximizing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of production processes.

Safety coupling with integrated sprocket indirect drives

The more comprehensively plants are automated, the more reliably malfunctions that could lead to defects, machine downtimes or even damage to the product must be excluded. In order to protect the transported products in packaging machines, safety elements in the form of switching or slipping clutches are used in the drive train. The advantages and disadvantages of the two different types of coupling must be taken into account, as they are ultimately decisive for effective protection of the equipment.

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