Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH, Wittmann Kunststoffgeräte GmbH
As a manufacturer of injection molding machines, robots and peripherals, networking is an important topic for the WITTMANN Group. One prerequisite is the use of uniform software standards for all products. The machine’s control system functions as a router within the equipment network for easy identification of and communication with all integrated modules. This makes it possible to link up and operate machines including robots and peripherals connected with them via a uniform Windows user interface, which enables interaction between the individual appliances. The entire production process can thus be optimally coordinated and reproduced.
With WITTMANN 4.0, the injection molding machine becomes the control center for robots, peripherals and company-wide systems such as the MES system “authentig” by T.I.G. True to the motto of “plug and produce”, WITTMANN 4.0 enables dynamic connecting and disconnecting of various appliances even while the equipment is in operation. Its ability to supply everything from a single source gives WITTMANN BATTENFELD a clear advantage in implementing its 4.0 solution.
At the K 2016, WITTMANN 4.0 is presented on a display board in an attractive and easily understandable way. Moreover, every single machine at the K is linked up with the connected peripherals. The main highlight will be a fully automatic and integrated machine from the servo-hydraulic SmartPower series, on which visitors will be able to witness the advantages and opportunities offered by WITTMANN 4.0 demonstrated by the production of individualized plastic parts.
Another important step to improve machine availability and production planningis a condition monitoring system used for the first time, which enables monitoring and recording of the machine status for vital functions. Via the host computer system, condition-based maintenance is also visualized and can be planned accordingly.
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