At Interplastica, ENGEL will be demonstrating how economical IML concepts can also be implemented for small batch sizes with one-shot production of ready-for-sale decorated lids for food packaging. To do so, ENGEL will be combining an e-motion 740/220 injection molding machine equipped with a viper 20 linear robot with an IML uniLINE by TMA AUTOMATION.
Flexible and Efficient Machine Concepts
The viper robot removes the label from the IML cell, places it in the mold of the injection molding machine, simultaneously removes the last molded finished part and transfers it back to the uniLINE for ejection. Thanks to its standardized system concept, the compact IML cell is particularly easy to integrate. Within a very short time, the injection molding machine can be flexibly converted for other tasks – with or without in-mold labeling.
Olaf Kassek, Managing Director at OOO ENGEL in Moscow, stresses:
We are thus also making IML attractive for the general purpose sector. TMA's automation solutions can be combined just as easily with ENGEL e-mac and servo-hydraulic ENGEL victory injection molding machines.
The ENGEL e-motion presented at Interplastica is often the first choice when it comes to producing of food packaging. With its closed system for toggle levers and spindles the injection molding machine ensures optimum and clean lubrication of all moving machine components at all times, thus complying with the strict requirements of both the food and medical industries.
TMA AUTOMATION, based in Gdynia, Poland, is a new ENGEL partner specializing in the automation of IML and downstream processes, such as assembly, quality assurance and palletizing, in the general-purpose sector for a wide range of industries. Especially in Eastern Europe, the automation expert can point to numerous well-known references. As the general contractor, ENGEL handles coordination with the automation partner for its customers and supplies the complete production cell from a single source. This also increases efficiency, as fewer interfaces often mean faster project planning.
Intelligent Assistance Prevents Rejects
inject 4.0 is the second focus at the ENGEL stand in Moscow.
Our customers are increasingly leveraging the potential of digitalization and connectivity. There is specific demand for intelligent assistance systems that enable the injection molding machine to continuously self-optimize during the on-going process. iQ weight control, for ex-ample, analyses the pressure profile during injection and compares the measured values with a reference cycle. The injection profile, switchover point and the holding pressure profile are adjusted to the current conditions for each individual shot, which keeps the injected volume constant during the entire production run. Fluctuations in the raw material and ambient conditions are thus compensated for before rejects are produced. The iQ assistance systems are often the first step on the way to becoming a smart factory. The modular structure of the inject 4.0 program makes it easy to get started with individual, smaller solutions and then further develop the digitalization strategy in line with needs.
Customer Portal e-connect in Russian for the First Time
One special highlight at Interplastica is the ENGEL customer portal e-connect, which will be presented in Russian for the first time. At anytime and anywhere, it provides an overview of the machine status, the processing status of service and support orders and the prices and availability of spare parts. In this way, the portal simplifies and accelerates communications between processors and ENGEL as the supplier.
All service products from the inject 4.0 program are integrated into e-connect, including the new e-connect monitor for condition-based predictive maintenance and e-connect.24 for 24/7 online support.
"In a country as large as Russia, online support and remote maintenance are often decisive competitive factors," as Kassek emphasizes.
Qualified ENGEL service technicians are available around the clock and help users to troubleshoot faults in the shortest possible time, thus minimizing downtime. If so desired by the user, the machines can independently send an electronic call for help to ENGEL so that the specialists can start processing without any loss of time. The associated app keeps the plant operator up to date, even if they are at a completely different location many miles away.
MES for Newcomers and Advanced Users
At Interplastica, ENGEL will also be presenting smart connectivity solutions for linking injection molding machines and production cells within the company. TIG authentig, the MES (Manufacturing Execution System) by ENGEL subsidiary TIG (Rankweil, Austria) is tailored to the specific requirements of the injection molding industry down to the last detail.
It ensures transparency in order to, for example, utilize the total capacity of the machines or correlate productivity indicators and economic objectives. The new products that TIG will be presenting for the first time during the trade fair in Russia include the TIG 2go dashboard solution, which is particularly suitable for entering the MES world, and the TIG big data high-performance analysis platform for networking machinery around the globe in a central cockpit.