How to digitize the maintenance of industrial robots with a single application

Cloud-based monitoring How to digitize the maintenance of industrial robots with a single application

Source: press release

Specialists from 5th Industry and Wandelbots have combined their software developments in the field of robot maintenance to enable an end-to-end solution for industrial companies.

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Application experts are developing a unique solution for cloud-based monitoring of robot applications with Wandelbots.

(Source: 5th Industry)

Wandelbots’ agnostic “Robot Fleet Monitor” gives users access to robot-specific digital twins, visualizations and analytics to identify issues and increase the productivity of each robot cell. 5th Industry has combined this solution with its 5i.Maintenance application, which digitizes the robot maintenance task and provides real-time status updates to production workers. The result: a single solution that enables monitoring of the entire fleet of 6-axis industrial robots from a single location.

Wandelbots offers a vendor-neutral software solution with its no-code robotics platform that allows users to easily work with industrial robots. The Robot Fleet Monitor software platform enables developers to build their software based on a hardware-independent framework that ensures mobile applications are applicable to all common robots.

Intelligent application associated with a software robotics platform

5th Industry has combined the solution with its 5i.Maintenance app, which digitizes the entire maintenance workflow in industrial companies – from recording and processing faults to subsequent evaluation. Defects can be recorded by employees or digitally directly via robots and machines.

The background for the collaboration was that the typical workflow for maintenance and repair in factories is usually still completely analog. Tasks are reported manually, work reports are recorded on forms and then manually re-entered into a system. “It is time-consuming, not sustainable and, above all, makes the process of continuous improvement more difficult, because data from past malfunctions is often no longer available and cannot be evaluated any longer”, says Sebastian Schumann, CTO at 5th Industry.

Robots independently report process interruptions

This is how the solution was created: Wandelbots provides a fleet manager that can be used to monitor an entire fleet of 6-axis industrial robots from one place. To do this, data is sent to the cloud through an edge device. This makes it possible to automatically determine whether, for example, an emergency stop, a process interruption has been triggered or a force limit has been exceeded. Fleetmanger allows data visualization and monitoring. If exceeded, messages are sent, for example by e-mail or Whatsapp. Fleetmanager has been linked to the maintenance management application 5i.Maintenance, so that the robots can virtually report maintenance needs themselves without the need for manual input. “This is possible thanks to the intelligent use of the interfaces offered by our modern cloud solution”, says the CTO.

Everything at a glance – in one app

For production and maintenance employees, this means: With just one app, they can access all maintenance-relevant processes. All error messages, whether recorded by robots, machines or employees, can be recognized at a glance and dealt with efficiently. Technical information such as maintenance plans or operating instructions are contextually accessible directly from the application. And anytime from anywhere.

Digitization increases productivity and satisfaction — the factory of the future

“This is our vision of the factory of the future in the context of Industry 5.0: employees are relieved of manual and repetitive tasks — these tasks are taken over by intelligent software solutions. The efficient and simple interaction of humans with machine-generated data – in our example, robot error messages – unlocks additional productivity potential and increases employee satisfaction at the same time concludes the 5th co-founder of the industry, Dr. Robert. night.

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Mavis R. Bernier