Kistler Instruments Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS
Overcoming the complexities of RTM with Kistler
At the JEC from 6 to 8 March 2018 in Paris (France), the Kistler Group will demonstrate new functionalities of ComoNeo. Thanks to the latest software update, Kistler's process monitoring and control system now has the ability to optimize multi-component and RTM processes.
Let's begin with a look back in time: one year ago in this very same place at the 2017 JEC Kistler presented the ComoNeo process monitoring system. Ever since then, injection molders have benefited from a convenient solution for monitoring and optimizing their processes. With cavity pressure measurement as the basis, this system makes process optimization more efficient over the long term and it brings substantial reductions in scrap rates.
With the help of intelligent tools such as online quality prediction and an integrated assistant, ComoNeo is now a reliable source of quality assurance support for users with widely differing levels of know-how. Processors are increasingly confronted with new and complex challenges. Requirements are becoming stricter as more and more functions are integrated into component design. The result: multi-component systems with highly complex process technology. For instance, the RTM (Resin Transfer Molding) method for industrial processing of long-fiber composites is becoming more widespread in lightweight construction design, especially in the automobile manufacturing and aviation technology sectors. At this year's JEC, Kistler will be showcasing new functions in ComoNeo that can handle processes of this sort.
2K and RTM process monitoring
Automobile production is just one of the industrial sectors where many plastic parts are actually combinations of two or more components. This creates the need to optimize and monitor mold and process technology. Evaluation of the characteristic cavity pressure curves poses a particular challenge: two or more processes have to be captured and evaluated separately, depending on the component being produced. But now, thanks to the expanded functionality of ComoNeo's new Version 2.1.0, it's possible to monitor as many as four components with different mold technologies.
The RTM process presents a challenge of a different kind: the curing process for the resins used may proceed very quickly, but it can also continue for many hours it all depends on the material, the pressure and the temperature. To overcome this problem, the Kistler Group offers special RTM sensors. In conjunction with the expanded ComoNeo functionalities, they pave the way for excellent quality assurance and process optimization. Dr. Robert Vaculik, Head of Kistler's Strategic Business Field Plastics, explains: 'The software update for ComoNeo 2.1.0 now positions us to offer our customers a tried-and-tested system that covers a far wider bandwidth of applications. This is the efficient way to overcome the increased complexity of plastics processing leading to higher quality and lower production costs.'
ComoDataCenter: all set for Industry 4.0
Among many other benefits, ComoNeo's intelligent functions meet the requirements for digitization of the injection molding process. Parameters captured by sensors integrated in the mold deliver transparent, reproducible results and integral process analysis. All the collected data is stored centrally in ComoDataCenter, where it is available for further analyses. The system also provides central storage of mold configurations which it can transmit to other plants. ComoDataCenter allows visualization and comprehensive analysis of process data but that's not all. The data can also be networked with higher-level systems such as a Manufacturing Execution System (MES), equipped with cutting-edge communication interfaces like the OPC-UA.
In summer 2017, the Kistler Group acquired IOS GmbH of Aachen, Germany, a successful provider of MES systems a move that marks a further consolidation of the Group's market position as an integral solution provider, augmenting its stock of Industry 4.0 expertise. This step brings Kistler even closer to its objective: to offer the plastics industry an end-to-end system solution (sensor to ERP) for quality monitoring and process optimization from one single source. The ultimate goals: maximum cost-efficiency and transparency of production in the era of Industry 4.0.
Kistler at the JEC 2018 in Paris (6 - 8 March 2018): Hall 5, Booth N88
About the Kistler Group
Kistler, the originator of piezoelectric measuring technology, is the global leader in dynamic pressure, force, torque and acceleration measurement. Cutting-edge technologies provide the basis for Kistler's modular systems and services.
Customers in industry, research and development benefit from Kistler's experience as a development partner, enabling them to optimize their products and processes so as to secure sustainable competitive edge. This owner-managed Swiss corporation plays a key part in the evolution of automobile production and industrial automation, and its innovative sensor technology also helps foster the development of many newly emerging sectors. Drawing on our extensive application expertise, and always with an absolute commitment to quality, Kistler drives innovations ahead in lightweight construction, vehicle safety, emission reduction and Industry 4.0.
Over 1,600 employees at 58 facilities across the globe are dedicated to the development of new measurement solutions, and they offer individual application-specific support at the local level. Ever since it was founded in 1959, the Kistler Group has grown hand-in-hand with its customers and in 2016, it posted sales of CHF 358 million. About 10% of this figure is reinvested in innovation and research with the aim of delivering better results for every customer.
About the Kistler Group
Kistler is the global leader in dynamic measurement technology for measuring pressure, force, torque and acceleration. Cutting-edge technologies provide the basis for Kistler's modular solutions.
Customers in industry and science benefit from Kistler's experience as a development partner, enabling them to optimize their products and processes so as to secure a sustainable competitive edge. The owner-managed Swiss company's unique sensor technology plays a key role in the evolution of automobile development and industrial automation, as well as in numerous emerging sectors. With a broad knowledge of applications and its absolute commitment to quality, Kistler is making an important contribution to the further development of current megatrends. This includes topics such as electrified drive technology, autonomous driving, emission reduction and Industry 4.0.
Some 1,850 employees at 61 locations worldwide are dedicated to developing new solutions and offer customized service for individual applications. Since its founding in 1959, Kistler Group has grown along with its customers, generating sales of CHF 358 million in 2016. Approximately 10 % of this went back into research and technology?and thus into achieving better results for all our customers.
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