The digital transformation is now adding a new dimension: Our quality standards remain as high as ever, but the possibilities of further customization have increased—whether it be large batches or a handful of individual pieces, it can all be made without a problem.
The World Money Fair 2020 saw Sack & Kiesselbach present the successful TMA 350 press VIRTUALLY for the first time, and the responsive was very positive. This important step toward “Industry 4.0” extends well beyond mere Computer Aided Design (CAD) work. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are decisively optimizing production and maintenance processes. Every processing step is visible by the customer and the technician on the machine itself, thereby aiding ad-hoc decisions and speeding up manufacturing and/or problem-solving, including remotely.
While VR allows customers to see the machines virtually, and AR uses QR codes to perform actions such as changing tools directly on smart devices, ASSISTED REALITY provides the customer’s technician with live support from Sack & Kiesselbach’s support team, no matter where they are in the world. And smart glasses mean the technician also has both hands free. The support team watches every move by the technician, and can instruct him or her in real time, regardless of where in the world the machine is.
Torbjørn Hansen (General Manager, Kongsberg Mechatronics AS) commented on this benefit during the Q&A session at the 17th Technical Forum 2021 by saying, “... This is what I want from a machine supplier. Right timing in this corona times.”
The fact that entire presses no longer need to be transported, set up or dismantled for demonstrations, e.g. at trade fairs, is an economic by-product. Even more so, however, it is yet further proof of Sack & Kiesselbach’s high degree of flexibility.