Elmo paper wins first prize at SPS/IPC/Drives Italia 2018 for its discussion of how OEMs and end-users can leverage smart drives and controls to deliver better products at a lower price – without an expensive retrofit.

Lomazzo (Como) – Elmo Motion Control (Elmo), a global market leader of advanced motion solutions designed to make smart machines smarter, is proud to announce that its technical presentation, “The Paradox of Smart Manufacturing,” was awarded first place at SPS/IPC/Drives Italia 2018 (May 22-24; Parma, Italy). Customers today demand more for less  -better performance, higher quality, greater functionality, but at a lower price. Smart manufacturing shows promise as a way to help manufacturers meet those expectations. Unfortunately, some implementations can be quite expensive. As a result, manufacturers face a paradox – how to build products that deliver more but costs less using equipment that delivers more and costs more. Elmo’s award-winning paper describes a way to break that paradox using smart drives and controls.

Although smart manufacturing technology provides a lower operating cost in general, the initial investment can be high. Manufacturers may not have the capital, the energy budget, or the factory floor space for a retrofit. They definitely don’t want to spend money on new equipment unnecessarily. In “The Paradox of Smart Manufacturing,” author Davide Fuoco will discuss how new drive and control technology can boost the throughput of existing robots and equipment while reducing footprint, energy consumption, and system downtime. He will also present a case study covering a company that used these techniques to boost throughput by a staggering 50%.

“By using the right technology, manufacturers and OEMs can improve the performance of their equipment with minimal cost end effort,” says Fuoco. “Smart safety is aimed at achieving the full potential of Industry 4.0 by optimizing safety, performance, and size all at the same time. Elmo’s motion control systems deliver the flexibility, throughput, and reliability required to address the customer paradox but also the manufacturing paradox.”

Find out what the new generation of smart distributed motion control products can do for your next application, You can also visit the Elmo website to download a summary of the talk and a video of the presentation.


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