Engel is “starting a new chapter” in intelligent assistance with the introduction of its iQ process observer software during the K 2019 trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, in October.
Whereas currently available assistance systems monitor individual steps in the injection moulding process, the new iQ process observer is claimed to go “several steps further”, providing an overview of the entire process for the whole batch.
The system continually analyses “several hundred process parameters” across all four phases of the injection moulding process – plasticising, injection, cooling and demoulding, explained Engel in a release 23 July.
In addition to the “zero set-up requirement” for use, the software automatically detects drifts by continually checking the results against the previous cycles, as well as comparing certain process parameters with a set reference condition.
The results, split into the four phases, are immediately visible on both the injection moulding machine’s CC300 control unit and the Engel e-connect customer portal.
The system also notifies the machine operator of counterproductive process settings and conditions, including the possible causes, via text message.
This feature helps the user to optimise processes and, when necessary, to resolve errors.
“By using the iQ process observer, process technicians can maximise the potential for efficiency and quality offered by the injection moulding machine and production cell,” said Paul Kapeller, product manager for digital solutions at Engel Austria.
According to Kapeller, the iQ process observer is currently the only assistance system on the market based on live data.