High Performance ³ - Customization with a Maximum in Flexibility
With its new modular HEKUflex concept, HEKUMA is now introducing an option to provide higher flexibility in automation systems while at the same time making the entire production cycle leaner and increasing its efficiency.
Saving costs, increasing productivity, more efficiency - the most important reasons why the modular principle is becoming more and more popular, particularly in the technology sector. Whether equipping hardware or software, implementing new interfaces or converting complete product cycles: Integrating singular, self-contained function groups in a centrally controlled system offers a host of advantages in various R&D and production environments - and especially in automation technology. Here in particular, mechanical engineers and machine operators benefit greatly from integrating various function groups and thus can take advantage of the modular principle.
HEKUMA introduces the new modular principle HEKUflex at FAKUMA 2015
HEKUMA, a manufacturer of high-performance automation systems from Bavaria, Germany, shows how modularity principles can be adapted when developing individually customized high-performance systems. In the planning stage since 2013, the newly developed HEKUflex concept was presented for the very first time at FAKUMA 2015, the international plastics trade show, that was held from October 13 - 17th, 2015 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
HEKUflex offers a wide range of advantages
The effects of standardization with HEKUflex are noticeable in the entire engineering process, from development to after sales. While identical modules are used to a larger extent, manufacturers and operators alike already benefit from the repetition rate and the lower product-related engineering effort. The time needed for commissioning and training can be significantly reduced. Because the operating concept remains the same, this makes the introduction into system operation much easier. Any malfunctions can be quickly fixed because of the greater range of experience. Moreover, the amount of effort needed to program and commission the system can also be lowered significantly. Instead of the laborious process to program a system from scratch, as required for a customized machine set up in the traditional manner, the individual modules only need to be configured, as they work mostly independently based on the standard software of the module.
Because of the flexible architecture, systems can easily be upgraded or downsized (for example, when converting to spare parts production only), or when replacing and/or re-using modules.
In addition to the sheer number of smaller advantages, HEKUMA's CEO Bernhard Rupke views the adaptability and flexibility of the HEKUflex to be the most important benefit, which he feels generates real added value for the customer in the long run. "This allows the operator to expand or downsize the system any way he wants and to therefore adjust it to the current production needs. The operator can react more quickly to changes in the market and saves costs at the same time. This alone makes the modular design of HEKUflex the wave of the future!"