JEC 2019: Kistler and NETZSCH Showcase their Collaboration

Kistler is the world market leader in force, dynamic pressure, acceleration and torque measurement technology. The company will be sharing a stand with the NETZSCH Group at JEC World 2019 in Paris between 12th and 14th of March. Visitors to stand R20 in hall 6 can see how the technologies from both companies perfectly complement each other for plastic composites processing

A simulation will demonstrate how the combination of data from mold filling and characteristic material values is a huge step towards intelligent part production. Both product portfolios will also be showcased.

Due to their special characteristics which are established on combinations of different materials, composite materials are already common in numerous sectors. They expand the range for design and development in applications like vehicle manufacturing and aerospace. Yet, manufacturers are confronted with heightening complexity in processes like electronics overmolding and RTM (Resin Transfer Molding) in return for these benefits. The challenge is how best to overcome these complexities reliably.

Quality Assurance with an Integrated Complete System

The leading process monitoring system for intelligent plastics processing ComoNeo by Kistler, incorporates the ComoNeoCOMPOSITES feature to permit process monitoring for cycles of up to eight hours – this can sometimes be needed for parts with large surface areas which are complex. Furthermore, ComoNeo also allows direct integration, visualization and analysis of external sensor signals.

Dielectric sensors from NETZSCH are at the forefront of technology when it comes to determining the characteristic values of plastics and fiber-reinforced composites during part manufacturing. Last year, NETZSCH added another highlight to its portfolio: the sensor technology for carbon composites that was premiered at JEC World 2018.

A live demonstration of the ways an integrated system solution can massively increase process reliability in composites production can be seen by visitors to the stand shared by NETZSCH and Kistler. Dielectric analysis (DEA) signals provided by NETZSCH sensors are integrated directly in ComoNeo to achieve this.

Many of our customers are already using one of these two systems, or even both of them – but without a common interface. The dielectric signal provides information about the degree of cross-linking during the curing process, so it is a key indicator of quality for parts made from composite materials. The same is true of cavity pressure as measured by Kistler’s equipment – so these two technologies complement one another excellently.

Dr. Alexander Chaloupka, Manager of the Process Analytics Business Field at NETZSCH

Enhanced Process Reliability, Increased Throughput

Material cross-linking and mold filling can now be monitored by a coordinated, complete, system due to the combination of Kistler’s cavity pressure sensor technology and DEA sensor technology from NETZSCH.

There’s no doubt that this moves quality assurance up to a new level. More extensive control of the manufacturing process means that users can increase their throughput rates and continue to make their production more cost-efficient. We’re especially pleased to join forces with NETZSCH, a renowned partner for composites production with ComoNeo. Our shared stand gives us the chance to show the vast range of possibilities that are available. This is another sign that ComoNeo is increasingly becoming the universal system for intelligent plastics processing, and further collaboration partnerships in the future will continue to broaden its scope.

Dr. Robert Vaculik, Head of Kistler’s Strategic Business Field Plastics

A Live-Demonstration Shows the Potential of the Complete Package

Customers, trade visitors and others who are interested in this field are cordially invited to stand R20 in in hall 6, where they can take a closer look at the new composites expertise offered by NETZSCH and Kistler along with other solutions from the two partners.

The exhibit includes a live presentation of the new complete system for process analysis and optimization in composites production.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by NETZSCH.

For more information on this source, please visit NETZSCH.

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