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After several years already spent on Industry 4.0, Factory of the Future, Smart Factory, Digitalisation, you name it, we have learned that the added value we could offer our customers, to you, is to assist in finding the best ecosystems of solutions to suit your machines in the IIoT.
SMC works on industrial communication in two ways:
This way we provide your factory with smart digitalisation and automation thanks to the latest industrial communication solutions.
In today’s manufacturing, machines and devices communicate with each other and can be controlled remotely, being connected thanks to sensors and communication technologies. This is what is known as Smart Connectivity. This is, for example, essential to the well-known industrial maintenance of any production process. That’s why, at SMC we’re helping our customers go towards Smart Manufacturing. We help our customers to improve the efficiency and productivity of their processes by combining the advantages of industrial communication solutions with the ability to understand their needs. This allows us to tailor our solutions to achieve the best customer value, while assuring global availability and supply, always ensuring that effective production continues.
SMC’s Industrial Wireless communication products are priceless in any industry or application that makes regular use of motion applications with communication cables. Among these, one area where this is particularly valuable is in parts assembly, whether it be in the automotive sector, electronics production or any industry where rotary tables and robotic systems are commonly used. SMC’s wireless unit allows you to achieve consistent, noise-free communication with fewer cables, reduced maintenance, as well as less breakage and disconnection on the factory floor.
With robots and cobots, SMC’s solutions are all based on two things. Firstly, optimising the size of a robot according to its payload and, secondly, speed and flexibility. We are always looking for ways to make robots lighter, smaller, more efficient and with a smart communication capacity. We develop all our products based on feedback - our customer's actual requirements, based on the challenges they are facing to meet current and future requirements. All this is leading SMC towards the generation of easy programming solutions with a fast setup, solutions that will benefit our customers with a highly reduced deployment time.
Electric actuators are, by definition, a flexible solution, at least in terms of speed, force and positioning. It is precisely such adaptability which is behind SMC’s range of electric solutions; where you decide, you choose, but you don’t adapt to them. They adapt to you. Our extensive variety of mechanics and controllers give additional direct network connectivity to a range of industrial communication solutions, including the key players EtherNet/IP™, PROFINET and EtherCAT®. This combined advanced functionality and remote control and diagnosis, mean that SMC’s electric actuators are the ideal partners for the Industry 4.0 scenario, helping customers to deliver the smart factory concept.
SMC’s IO-Link products can help you improve your industrial productivity, saving time due to reduced wiring operations, thus reducing your costs and ensuring dynamic production processes and leading to the smart factory the industry is seeking. Moreover, they will allow you to guarantee the continuous improvement of your company’s industrial maintenance strategy.
The use of Fieldbus in manufacturing processes has substantially improved the way we handle communications, providing us with considerable savings in terms of wiring, connectors, installation and setup time, electronic diagrams or documentation. For the development of our Serial Interface range, we have gone a step further and increased the number of possibilities in industrial communication, bearing in mind the flexibility and versatility that our customers demand.