Plastics Technology

AUG 2018

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complex molds. An example is the ability to program greater numbers of hot-runner cavities. Future plans include adding a nonlinear curve of pressure drop at the transition point from injection to holding phases, replacing the current programming of linear steps. This new feature reportedly will help balance multicavity molds. "4.monitoring" provides detailed process and quality monitoring and seamless process documentation. It helps detect process deviations at an early stage. "4.service" incorporates Arburg's new remote service capability, with online support and ability to give Arburg tech- nicians direct access to the machine control. The company is also exploring use of Augmented Reality for service, whereby special goggles can overlay a view of the actual machine with additional virtual information or objects. The company is also working on predictive-maintenance features. Toshiba Machine (toshiba-machine.com) showed off its new ECSXIII all-electric machines with their enhanced V70 controller. It has a screen twice as large as previous models and offers varying access levels via ID card, fingerprint, or facial recognition. Incorporation of the OPC UA communication protocol reportedly permits integration of robots, hot runners, chillers, and other auxiliaries. Setup recipes for these auxiliaries can be saved together with the mold data and recalled for automated setup of the cell in later runs. Toshiba also demonstrated integration of a Mold-Masters E-Multi auxiliary injector for a multi-component demonstration. Toshiba six-axis robots will also be fully integrated into the V70 in the future. Toshiba also demonstrated automated quick mold change using magnetic platens and an automated mold cart from Pascal of Japan. On a 250-ton ECSXIII press, the system accomplished changeovers in 2.25 min, part to part, on a fully automated basis. The magnetic platens are not bolted on, but are replace- ments for conventional platens, so there is no sacrifice of die height. A robot assisted the mold change by replacing the knockout rods, which were also magnetically coupled. In manufacturing execution systems (MES), T.I.G. of Austria (tig-mes.com, now owned by Engel) is offering a new entry-level option, called TIG 2go, which reportedly attracted the greatest interest at NPE. It enables simple, worldwide access to all connected machines through its cloud-based infrastructure. As a simple point of entry to Industry 4.0, TIG 2go offers an overview of the most important operating data like OEE (overall ELECTRIC OR HYDRAULIC? MARUKA'S EXPERTISE CAN HELP YOU DECIDE MARUKAUSA.COM KBRUCE @ MARUKAUSA.COM SI-6 SERIES ALL-ELECTRICS 33% faster cycling in less space, high-speed resin changes, open clamp, power meter, 10x faster controller, multi-material ready. From 55-1450 tons HA SERVO-DRIVEN HYDRAULICS Cost-effective, energy efficient, shorter cycle times, reduced noise, lower oil temperature. Toggles from 35-1565 tons Large 2 platen 550-4070 tons A new family of ISBM machines has twice the output of preceding models. @plastechmag 39 Plastics Technology Primar y Processing

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