The term Industry 4.0 describes the intertwining of industrial production with information and communication technologies, resulting in intelligent value chains. Comprehensive networking, automated communication and the analysis of collected data call for new technologies in production and crane systems. With the programmable SMC multicontroller and the latest generation of frequency inverters, STAHL CraneSystems offers intelligent solutions for crane and hoisting technology.
At the end of the 18th century, mechanisation by steam and water power heralded the first industrial revolution and radically changed the economy and society through new production methods. With the invention of the assembly line and the beginning of mass production at the end of the 19th century as well as the digital revolution at the end of the 20th century, two further developments caused major upheavals in almost all spheres of life. Under the catchword “Industry 4.0”, a further change is currently taking place in industrial production: systems are being linked to enable communication and interaction between people, machines, plants, processes and products – turning rigid production steps into flexible value-added networks. Data from sensors, systems and processes are recorded, processed, shared and evaluated in real time. The networks thus function autonomously on a data basis and are able to exchange information and control themselves.
As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hoist and crane technology, we set an early course for a strong future. We are constantly developing our extensive product portfolio to match modern requirements – the sky is the limit! The programmable SMC multicontroller from STAHL CraneSystems, for example, has long been a key element for intelligent communication and networking between hoist and crane systems, including data analysis and transmission.
Industry 4.0 is promoting not only partnerships at production level, but also cooperation between different departments within enterprises and between enterprises. Magnetek is our strong cooperation partner and is also a member of the Columbus McKinnon family. The company is one of America’s largest suppliers of digital drive and motion control systems for industrial cranes and hoists.
Together as partners in motion control, we will boost our innovative capacity and set new future standards for the industry. Networked centres of excellence at various locations will provide the foundation, where engineers and technicians conduct research and development.