Does this title shock you? Are we looking to replace human physical effort by computers? In this instance, may be a computer programming! Is this even possible? Sounds like a robotic miracle to me? In today’s technically advanced world anything is possible! Ever thought about automating woodwork machine? Well, I look forward to a day when cooking is replaced by in house robotic chefs! Those types of dreams are distant and far!
I am confident that many people have heard of Java. Well if you haven’t, Java is a programming language which is runs our virtual online network. Majority of websites and applications across the globe are developed using Java software. Now you are wondering how Java can help to provide automated solutions for industrial machines. Nowadays, you can design applications using Java programming language to execute “specific commands”, and these applications run simultaneously in Java supported environment. It’s a bit like a program similar to “Email browser”, kind of transformation from manual letter writing to e-mail communication.
Now the real question, how Java and automating industrial machines are linked? Java is a very powerful tool, and certainly has a capacity to automate industrial machines. For instance, an Italian based, Licom system provides an “Alphacam CAM systems” an IT based solutions to woodworking industry. Earlier this month, Licom systems celebrated their 20th anniversary, during the event General Manager, Marco Silva confirmed that a large part of turnover came from every type of woodworking industry! This is like a setting trend for automated woodwork machines. These machines are used to process the woods, and occasionally to even grind the woods. Normally these machines run on electric motors and needs to be manned.
An IT system – programmed using more than 100 macros with set parametric conditions. This system reads the parameter from database to carry out adjustment if required. It also offers automatic work path for production. It also takes less man hours compared to physical manual solution. For all of these wonderful reasons it doesn’t take long to work out that wood manufacturer find automation solution very appealing.
An IT solution within woodwork machines isn’t just an efficient driven solution but it also saves money in the current dire economic climate. Also, if there is new legislation or material driven changes, it doesn’t take long to amend software specification for the machines. Automated machines help to enhance production line, shorten the design phase, and also optimizes the material usage!
Now shall we look at the other side of the coin! Do we know how much does this automated solutions can cost? I guess, automating your woodworking machines is a one off high cost investment. You are likely to reap the savings in coming years! A long wait! If company can afford to that kind of investment then it’s a great solutions. If I think about a wider impact of automating these machines, I can redundancies across the wood manufacturing industry and loosing our jobs to IT supported robotic solutions.