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An automated process monitoring system for injection molding

News International-French

16 Mar 2016

Kistler unveils its ComoNeo process monitoring system which aims to optimize monitoring and analysis of the injection molding process so as to cut costs permanently.

For many years, Kistler's innovative solutions to enhance process reliability in injection molding have ensured the firm's position in the global market. These systems all feature mature technology with one common denominator: quality testing is integrated into the injection molding process. The benefit: faulty parts can be excluded from the production process before they cause unnecessary costs. The ComoNeo process monitoring system moves automated production process monitoring into a new dimension: first-time customers will find that Kistler's new system provides a simple introduction, while users with experience in this field will appreciate the technological advances that it offers.

Simple, intuitive operation
The ComoNeo process monitoring system is innovative in the development of hardware as well as integrated monitoring software. To start with, the intuitive design sets new standards. Users also benefit directly from the increased number of channel inputs on the ComoNeo: twice as many cavity pressure signals can now be recorded, so molds with a large number of cavities can be connected. Likewise, the number of digital outputs is doubled, so more components can be evaluated individually. The ComoNeo software is also committed to a process-oriented operating philosophy. This system is adapted for highly quality-conscious companies that aim for systematic analysis and optimization of their processes and it is also a good choice for firms that focus on the transparency of their injection molding processes and comprehensive documentation of component quality.

Innovative functions for optimized processes
One highlight of the integrated monitoring software is the tool that generates and positions the monitoring boxes for good/bad evaluation. In the past, users had to set the monitoring boxes themselves. Now, the ComoNeo includes a systematic process (Evaluation Assistant/EO Assistant) that guides the user quickly and accurately to the rejection limits. The results from the EO Assistant therefore define the evaluation types and the relevant limits. Thanks to this approach, components can be monitored with high precision and pseudoscrap (i.e. "presumed" scrap) is reduced. Complaints from customers are also avoided because no faulty components leave the production line.

Reducing pseudoscrap and eliminating rejects are two especially crucial factors in cutting production costs in the injection molding process.

The "dashboard" is a second highlight: this is an overview screen that collates all the relevant process data to give a clear picture of how the production lot is currently progressing. Thanks to the dashboard, Kistler customers can detect process fluctuations quickly. Users can also navigate directly from the dashboard to the detailed data. Another attractive innovation: the operating controls and procedures are consistently geared to the injection molding process – for instance, cavity-specific analyses can be carried out.

Additional tools to improve process monitoring
But that's not all: ComoNeo offers even more tools – such as the newly-designed user management feature that allows every company to set up its own specific roles for various users, and automatic mold identification to prevent errors on the interface between the mold and the integrated monitoring software. Automated mold selection also reduces retooling times. In a nutshell: when the objective is to maximize production efficiency in the injection molding process, ComoNeo is the process monitoring system of choice for quality-conscious companies.

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