K 2013: Industry 4.0
Component with individual production data
At the K 2013, ARBURG will combine inline printing with the Industry 4.0 future project. At the ARBURG stand A13 in hall 13, trade fair visitors can have their personal name plate produced with an individual QR code and call up the most important production parameters online.
Customised products in one-piece flow
The idea behind Industry 4.0 is the networking of resources produced parts and production. This also includes the manufacture of intelligent products, which can be individualised as well as uniquely identified and traced in the process chain. Both manufacturers and users can, for example, obtain information regarding the history, the momentary status, current position and key production parameters of each individual component.
K 2013: to the “intelligent” name plate in four steps
How an "intelligent”, traceable production might look will be demonstrated by ARBURG at the K 2013 based on the example of a production cell developed jointly with partner fpt Robotik. It consists of an electric ALLROUNDER 370 E, a six-axis robotic system and the inline printing system. The production cell produces an individualised, web-capable name plate in four steps:
- The data is individually entered at a terminal and saved onto a personalised transponder card via ARBURG’s SAFELOG software.
- The transponder card is then read into the SELOGICA control system of the injection moulding machine. During the following cycle, the machine produces the desired name plate with a QR code.
- SELOGICA transfers the individualised product data to the ARBURG host computer system. ALS centrally detects the relevant parameters for the printing process, such as temperature, air humidity and atmospheric pressure, and transmits them to the web server at the company headquarters.
- Once the name plate has been printed, the data relating to the part can be viewed online by scanning the QR code. The individual data includes the name and time as well as the counted cycle and the process data relating to the part.
In addition to the ALS, a key role is also played by the InkBot process used for printing the name plates. This technology combines digital printing and robotics in an automated workstation downstream of the injection moulding machine. This permits the changing of motifs within only a few seconds.