Inaugurated in 2015, thyssenkrupp's automotive component plant in Poços de Caldas (MG) produces camshafts for passenger vehicles manufactured by major OEMs in the country.
In this unit, modern technologies, based on the concept of Industry 4.0, are combined and processes are interconnected throughout the production chain. In this way, it is possible to relate the world of physical systems to data networks, constituting the "cyber-physical system" - which represents the future of manufacturing processes.
The entire production line is monitored in a virtual environment, with the assembly process done by industrial robots working at high speed, supplying each other with parts that need to be cooled, heated, aligned and pressed. Each stage of the process is carefully monitored by sensors that send data in real time to the control system. Only with this level of precision can the final characteristics of the units be guaranteed.
It is an adaptable and flexible production model that employees do not monitor individual processes, but the system as a whole. Assembly lines and equipment can be influenced at any time for a new formulation, resulting in greater flexibility, resulting in gains in efficiency, quality optimization and cost reduction.