As a sign for energy efficiency, Studer machines bear not only the "Blue Competence" label of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) but its own BluePlus label, which stands for six comprehensive measures that lead to the reduction of energy consumption by the machines. Wolfgang Labus explains: "We achieve the improvements primarily through the use of our optimised software
, as well as with design measures in the field of coolant supply and the extraction system. The use of energy-optimised electrical components – promoted by FANUC in the field of control and drive technology
– is part of the BluePlus concept."
Energy-Saving Level Selection Function
On the hardware side, for example, through the use of state-of-the-art high-performance electronics, FANUC was able to reduce the power loss of the drives by another ten percent. At the software level, the user, for example, can select the desired energy-saving level using the "Energy-Saving Level Selection Function". Depending upon the machining requirements, the user is free to choose between full output and optimised energy utilisation, which generally results in somewhat slower machining.
The additional S131 and S151 will be launched equipped with the FANUC CNC 31i-B as well. But Wolfgang Labus still has his sights set on an additional new FANUC CNC, the compact 0i-F CNC: "That is an additional alternative for the lower-end segment of our various type series that only have a few axes and do not require a multi-channel capability."
Modularly-configured machine series
With the 0i-F, presented for the first time at the AMB 2014, the CNC world market leader unveiled its "Seamless Concept". This states that all FANUC CNC controls are built according to a unified standard and have comparable operating instructions. It facilitates the design of modularly-configured machine series, operations, maintenance and service.