“Flexim Open Automation System” combines the characteristics of modularity, flexibility, reconfigurability and connectivity, which can meet the needs of small batch production and even single-piece production. The system is developed by the Italian startup “Smart Factory”. It consists of a basic equipment module, which can be expanded with standard or customer-specific production modules as needed, and can be flexibly adapted to different application requirements. The core part of the solution is the XTS magnetic levitation conveying system using Beckhoff’s PC-based automation architecture.

“Flexim Open Automation System” combines the characteristics of modularity, flexibility, reconfigurability and connectivity, which can meet the needs of small batch production and even single-piece production. The system is developed by the Italian startup “Smart Factory”. It consists of a basic equipment module, which can be expanded with standard or customer-specific production modules as needed, and can be flexibly adapted to different application requirements. The core part of the solution is the XTS magnetic levitation conveying system using Beckhoff’s PC-based automation architecture.

Smart Factory, located in northern Italy, takes Beckhoff as its core and focuses on developing breakthrough solutions to meet this challenge. This solution is called Flexim Open Automation System, and it is an automation solution that fully reflects the industry 4.0 paradigm. The system adopts a modular design and can flexibly produce packaging solutions for different markets: the machine base can carry up to 10 modules for various operations, such as pressing, gluing, rolling, tightening, cutting, knurling, electromagnetic forming , Ultrasonic welding, printing, quality control, etc.; any station can be connected with the basic module to perform various manufacturing processes. The system is also very simple to reconfigure: due to the plug-and-play function of hardware-based and software-based configuration, operators can connect, switch, and replace modules on the machine base in a few simple steps. In addition to standard system modules, the company can also integrate processing stations specifically developed for customer needs, or integrate the XTS system used by Smart Factory into a larger-scale production line.

XTS is a key technology enabler to maximize production flexibility.

Beckhoff’s XTS magnetic levitation conveyor system is the core of the Flexim solution. It can be connected to a variety of different processing modules to achieve different assembly or processing processes. “The modular solution has many advantages, the biggest advantage is that it can shorten the delivery time.” Andrea Pozzi, head of the R&D and design department of Smart Factory, explained. “Another advantage is that our basic machine only needs to be developed once, and it can be adapted to different applications by connecting it to each processing module. The flexible control architecture of the PC platform is the basis for easy configuration and reconfiguration of the system.”

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