Recently, KUKA Robotics was custom-developing an automated production management system for automotive transmission factory in Shanghai, China. The company previously used a RISC (reduced instruction set computing) -based computer as the HMI. Since the functionality of this computer is too simple and because the system is difficult to customize, KUKA required an x86-based industrial panel PC to provide richer features for factory users.
Advantech provides a total solution that met KUKA Robotics' needs.
To facilitate maintenance and management, the new computer was to be utilized in the production lines to control the low-level robots as well as the upper-level MES (manufacturing execution system) ; it also had to be suitable for monitoring assembly line operations and for managing product reworks.