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Together with its partner TMA Automation, ENGEL developed highly flexible and extremely cost-effective production solutions for in-mould labelling.
Together with its partner TMA Automation, ENGEL developed highly flexible and extremely cost-effective production solutions for in-mould labelling.

ENGEL will make its customers more competitive with flexible and efficient machine concepts along with automation from a single source at Interplastica 2019 in Moscow, Russia.

Economical IML for food packaging

At the fair, the company 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 moulding machine equipped with a viper 20 linear robot with an IML uniLINE by a new ENGEL partner TMA AUTOMATION.

The viper robot removes the label from the IML cell, places it in the mould of the injection moulding machine, simultaneously removes the last moulded finished part and transfers it back to the uniLINE for ejection.

Thanks to its standardised system concept, the compact IML cell is particularly easy to integrate. Within a very short time, the injection moulding machine can be flexibly converted for other tasks – with or without in-mould labelling.

With its closed system for toggle levers and spindles the injection moulding 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.

Intelligent assistance prevents rejects

inject 4.0 is the second focus at the ENGEL stand in Moscow. There is specific demand for intelligent assistance systems that enable the injection moulding machine to continuously self-optimise during the on-going process.

iQ weight control, for example, 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," said Olaf Kassek, Managing Director at OOO ENGEL in Moscow. "The modular structure of the inject 4.0 program makes it easy to get started with individual, smaller solutions and then further develop the digitalisation strategy in line with needs."

Customer portal e-connect in Russian for the first time

The ENGEL e-connect customer portal will be available in Russian for the first time after the launch at Interplastica.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 with 24/7 online support.

Qualified ENGEL service technicians are available around the clock and help users to troubleshoot faults in the shortest possible time, thus minimising downtime.

MES for newcomers and advanced users

The new TIG 2go dashboard solution makes it easy to get started in the world of MES.At the show, the company will also be presenting smart connectivity solutions for linking injection moulding 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 moulding industry down to the last detail. It ensures transparency in order to, for example, utilise 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.

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