PT ZONE: Controls & Monitoring

PT Article More than a Buzzword, ‘Predictive Maintenance’ Is Key to Optimum Machine Utilization
I wrote here recently that this month’s K 2016 show in Dusseldorf (where I and the whole staff of Plastics Technology are headed next week) is evidence that the wave of “Industry 4.0” activity is building toward a crest. More (+)
COMPOUNDING: Twin-Screw Extruder Alerts Users to Trouble
Predictive maintenance features for a twin-screw compounding extruder. More (+)


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Another OEM Sees Predictive Maintenance As Key to Optimum Equipment Utilization

Wittmann Battenfeld's new Condition Monitoring System debuted at K 2016.

A Molder’s Plea: Let’s Standardize Controllers

P,R,N,D is a standard for any automatic-transmission vehicle, regardless of who makes it. It isn’t so simple when it comes to injection molding machines. From manufacturer to manufacturer you will see little to no continuity in controller layout, icons, or even terminology.

Is It Time For Injection Molding Machine Makers to Standardize Controls?

If you looked at four machines from four different suppliers, you’ll find four different sets of icons and terminologies, all in different layouts.

BLOW MOLDING: IR Gauge Measures Parison Thickness During Blow Molding

Helps fine-tune setup within minutes.

INJECTION MOLDING: New Control Features Shown at K 2016

iQ weight control for hydraulic machines and new energy module for central plant monitoring.

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Controls & Monitoring

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Computer control systems are used to monitor and regulate a wide range of process parameters in all types of processes. These include control of the barrel temperature, melt temperature and pressure, line speeds, hot runner temperature (in injection molding) and mold and die temperature. Closed-loop controls provide for automatic adjustment of process parameters go out of range.


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