Market: Manufacturing Industry
Product solution: CombiTac connection system
Application: Interconnection of smart factory cube modules
The Korea Smart Factory Association (KOSF) is a federation by the Korean government developing solutions in the field of industrial machinery and process automation. Its main mission is to support small and medium manufacturers that do not have the financial means and know-how to design new smart factory solutions on their own.
Korean know-how for industry 4.0
KOSF aims at providing key technologies and solutions to advance and define the concept of Smart Factory and Manufacturing 3.0 and Industry 4.0. In particular, these solutions enable small and medium-sized enterprises to increase their productivity and gain a foothold in the markets
Modularity for Smart Factory
KOSF’s key project are the Smart Cubes, which are modular blocks that perform a dedicated task in the automation process, e.g. quality inspection, testing cells, robotic assembly, packaging and many more. They are an integrated element for smart factories, where prior simulation and modelling of entire manufacturing processes are analyzed in advance, thus optimizing costs and time accordingly. The mobile Smart Cubes are equipped with wheels and can be individually linked together to form a complete process line.
The Smart Cubes
For building the customized production line, the Smart Cubes are remotely navigated to link to each other. Therefore, the technical connection needs to be robust and resist to many matching cycles. The configuration of the connectors has to provide data transfer, signal information for man-to-machine communication (M2M), compressed air and power. As the solution of the Smart Cubes will gradually evolve, the connectors are supposed to allow modular configuration.
KOSF Smart Cubes feature a plate at the left and right side carrying two large guiding devices and two claws grabbing the next cube to pull together and finally inte