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The CHIRON Group presents new SmartLine modules at AMB 2018

The new "TouchLine" operating system guides the user step by step through operation, adapting its interface depending on the task and the context.

The SmartLine modules ensure process reliability, higher productivity and production optimization.

Dr Claus Eppler, Head of Research and Development at CHIRON

  • TouchLine operating system with context-sensitive information
  • ConditionLine: New condition-monitoring system
  • ProtectLine prevents collisions
  • High-performance edge computer as standard with new series

The CHIRON Group will present the latest modules in its SmartLine range – TouchLine, ConditionLine and ProtectLine – to an audience of experts at AMB 2018. "In so doing, we are pushing forward resolutely with our concept of modular software solutions, which are aimed at utilizing the full potential of digital manufacturing," explained Dr Claus Eppler, Head of Research and Development at CHIRON. "Here, economic added value for our customers is our main focus."

TouchLine offers context-sensitive information
The new TouchLine operating system guides the user step by step through the use of their machine, adapting its interface depending on the task and the context. If required, the full machine documentation can also be called up on the 24" panel. TouchLine can be operated intuitively and interactively with the same familiar motions as for smartphones and tablets: Press, drag and swipe. The user receives further support in the form of condition messages, which display critical parameters, detect causes and suggest rectification solutions. Visitors to the trade fair can experience and trial TouchLine on the new CHIRON FZ16 S five axis and DZ16 W, as well as the MT 733 two from STAMA, directly at the trade fair stand.

ConditionLine monitors the machine condition
The ConditionLine software module monitors and analyzes all machine components that are required for reliable operation. This means that atypical operating behavior and signs of wear are detected early on. The advantages of this are that maintenance and repair work can be systematically planned, a preventative measure which helps to avoid costly production downtimes.

Collision prevention with ProtectLine
ProtectLine employs preventative measures to protect against collisions in all types of operation. To achieve this, the new FZ16 and DZ16 machining centers have a "digital twin" which exactly replicates the real machine. During operation, the digital twin runs 0.8 seconds ahead of the real machine. Any threat of collision is detected and the machine is brought to a controlled stop, preventing any potentially significant damage.

The current modules are additions to the SmartLine range from the CHIRON Group, comprising process- and machine-oriented solutions. "In contrast to traditional software companies, we take a line of action known as the 'relevant data' approach," explained Dr Claus Eppler. "Our expertise in machine engineering and our many years of experience were key to our developing SmartLine software solutions. We are coming out with tailor-made solutions that help our customers to keep on increasing productivity and machine availability," he added.

Edge computing supports local processing and platform connections
The new machining centers come with high-performance industrial PCs as standard, meaning that data can be collected, stored and processed locally – without an external connection. In addition, customers gain further added value through an option to connect to conventional production control systems or global cloud-based platforms. For example, a user can create an overview of their different production sites or carry out statistical analyses, which enable them to plan systems maintenance and repairs even more effectively. In every situation, the user has complete control over the data that is generated and they can decide what data is released to whom and for which machines. The combination of these ideal SmartLine modules, plus the option of connecting to local systems or global platforms, offers the right solution for every application.

Active player in digitalization initiatives
Aside from developing in-house software solutions, the CHIRON Group is actively engaged in digitalizing machine tool construction. This is why it is a central member of an initiative for networked production run by the German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW). The objective is to achieve a standardized connection between different machines and control units. In addition, the Group is also a founding member of a user organization initiated by Siemens, known as "MindSphere World", for the cloud-based open IoT operating system "MindSphere".

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About the CHIRON Group

The CHIRON Group, headquartered in Tuttlingen, is a global company specializing in CNC vertical milling and mill-turn machining centers, as well as turnkey manufacturing solutions. The Group has a global presence, with production and development sites, sales and service subsidiaries, and sales agencies worldwide. With a workforce of 2100 employees, it generated €443 million in revenue in 2019. Around two thirds of machines and solutions that are sold are exported. Key customer sectors are the automotive, mechanical engineering, medicine and precision engineering, aerospace industries and tool production.

The CHIRON Group is proprietor of the brands CHIRON, STAMA and FACTORY5, associated with new machines, as well as the retrofit brand CMS. The key feature of all the brands is precise, productive and flexible machining. CHIRON has a reputation for optimum dynamics. STAMA focuses on stability and heavy machining. FACTORY5 machining centers are ideally suited for high-speed machining of microtechnical components. CMS provides completely overhauled machines from the Group, including related services. With products and solutions for additive manufacturing, the CHIRON Group supplements its core competencies.

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Melanie Buschle

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