GF Machining Solutions Spotlights Industry 4.0 Communications Platform at IMTS



Gisbert Ledvon
Director of Business Development
GF Machining Solutions LLC
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GF Machining Solutions Spotlights Industry 4.0 Communications Platform at IMTS

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Sept. 12, 2016 – At IMTS 2016, GF Machining Solutions will showcase its rConnect central communications platform for the company’s milling, EDM and laser texturing machines. In line with the Industry 4.0 digital manufacturing evolution, rConnect offers the industry’s most in-depth remote machine tool analysis – the cornerstone capability of tomorrow’s smart factories.

Visitors to IMTS will experience live demonstrations of rConnect’s power in the customer service area of the GF Machining Solutions booth S-8754. They will learn how the rConnect platform will optimize their competitiveness and machine uptime through the digitization of their facilities.

Key to rConnect is the platform’s Live Remote Assistance (LRA) that connects machines to GF Machining Solutions local diagnostics center and plants in real time. It then allows for customer-authorized remote assistance, diagnostics and inspection.

The rConnect customer cockpit displays at the user interface for the machine operator, maintenance manager or operations manager. The cockpit enables central access to GF Machining Solutions’ digital services and provides the machine operator with support – via status messages and machine performance reports – in the daily maintenance of the machine.

LRA minimizes those instances of unexpected machine downtime. And when such instances do occur, LRA helps get the machine up and running in the shortest amount of time possible thanks to faster diagnoses and immediate intervention.

With LRA, manufacturers can interact directly with GF Machining Solutions via audio, video, chat, whiteboard, file transfer, screen sharing and system access. All interactions are logged and recorded, so there is always an issue history to refer to if needed and to speed the troubleshooting process.

rConnect and LRA are powered by an instant virtual private network that allows highly secure access to the machine and is certified with TÜViT Trusted Product Certificate. rConnect and LRA result from GF Machining Solutions Industry 4.0 partnerships with leading European research institutes including the University of

Birmingham (UK), the University of Geneva (CH), the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Zurich, RWTH Aachen University (DE) and the Fraunhofer Institute (DE).

About GF Machining Solutions

GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and mold making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. The products range from electric discharge machines, high-speed and high-performance milling machines, including clamping and palletization systems, and 3D laser surface texturing machines, to services, spare parts and expendable parts, consumables and automation solutions. GF Machining Solutions is a globally acting division of the Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland) and maintains a presence on 50 sites worldwide within its own organization. Its 3,008 employees generated sales of CHF 905 million in 2014. More information can be found at

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