This week the MTA hosted a seminar at Factory 2050, part of the AMRC in Sheffield, giving Members of the MTA and BTMA an opportunity to see the Legacy Project. This joint endeavour between the MTA and AMRC, first demonstrated at MACH 2018, retrofitted a legacy milling machine and lathe with Industry 4.0 sensors.
Around 40 attendees were given the opportunity to learn about the Legacy Project from Project Manager Gavin Hill, who headed the undertaking at the AMRC. With an estimated 92% of manufacturing machines unconnected to any network it is clear that integrating legacy machines into modern manufacturing systems is going to be an increasingly important issue over the coming years.
The Legacy Project has proven, low-cost, practical methods of collecting key data such as speed, power consumption and temperature from old equipment. Jonathan Wright, Managing Director of Colchester Machine Tool Solutions spoke further about how, once collected, I.4 data can be analysed and used to provide practical benefits to customers- such as predictive maintenance and optimisation of machine time.
Excitingly, James Lindsay, Project Engineer in charge of the MACH 2020 vision also offered a sneak peak on the AMRC’s feature stand at MACH 2020 – Project ELLI which will be demonstrating a fantastic combination of battery technology, digital co-operation and light-weighting. They will be showcasing Project ELLI live on stand 6-810 in April next year.