For some time now, QA has been using a Fischertechnik-mod­el for fac­to­ry sim­u­la­tion. This com­bi­na­tion of dif­fer­ent sta­tions, con­trolled by a Siemens Simatic S7-200, is used by trainees, interns and Bachelor or Master stu­dents to real­is­ti­cal­ly mod­el com­plex processes.

As QA it is impor­tant to us that our trainees, interns or stu­dents can work in a prac­ti­cal way and there­by gain impor­tant expe­ri­ence. Only by apply­ing and imple­ment­ing do you learn to find solu­tions inde­pen­dent­ly and to meet chal­lenges most of the time,” explains Managing Director Andreas Fritz.

The fac­to­ry sim­u­la­tion con­sists of the mod­els sort­ing line with col­or recog­ni­tion, mul­ti-machin­ing sta­tion with kiln, auto­mat­ed high-bay ware­house and a vac­u­um suc­tion grip­per. With these sta­tions, a closed mate­r­i­al cycle is pos­si­ble. The work­pieces are retrieved from the high-bay ware­house, processed in the machin­ing sta­tion, then sort­ed by col­or in the sort­ing sys­tem and then returned to the high-bay warehouse.

In the course of a bach­e­lor the­sis, the soft­ware was recent­ly revised and fur­ther devel­oped, so that many new func­tion­al­i­ties have been added. It is now pos­si­ble, for exam­ple, to select via the Simatic HMI pan­el the exact sequence in which the dif­fer­ent­ly col­ored work­pieces are to be retrieved and returned to storage.

To give you an insight into our fish tech­nol­o­gy mod­el, we have filmed a machin­ing cycle from dif­fer­ent angles and edit­ed it into a short video.

We hope you enjoy watch­ing it.

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