KraussMaffei is supporting the Chair of Engineering Design and Plastics Machinery at the ipe of the University of Duisburg-Essen by providing a new injection molding machine from the all-electric PX series. The PX 120-380 is complete digital equipment with DataXplorer. The goal of KraussMaffei and ipe is to develop new systems and applications and to use the acquired data to improve product and process quality on a sustainable basis.
A fully automated production cell along with linear robot and conveyor will have an all-electric PX 120-380 injection molding machine having a clamping force capacity of 1,200 kN. Addition of the all-electric PX 120-380 injection molding machine will enable to run processes similar to those as in the real-life industry more closely than in the earlier case.
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schiffers, Chair of the Department of Engineering Design and Plastics Machinery (KKM) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, explained, “The production cell measures up to the state of the art of technology in every respect and enables us to merge research and practical applications in digitalization—not least thanks to the cell’s complete digital equipment.”
KraussMaffei has provided the DataXplorer, an analysis tool to give a nearly “microscopic” view of the process, which is part of the overall digital package for the PX 120. Reaction to unclear fault patterns has become possible with the new facility. The DataXplorer, depending on the machine’s equipment, displays up to 500 high-resolution signal paths, visualizes these signal paths and makes them available for evaluation. These can be standard signals of the machine or special signals such as the mold cavity pressure.
The focus of the joint research and development efforts at ipe is on applications and services.