Digital meets circular economy

Software updates to simplify process monitoring

Kistler's Como systems for process monitoring complement the Group’s range of application-specific sensors. Kistler is unveiling the latest versions of two systems at this year's Fakuma: ComoNeo and ComoScout 6.0. Both ComoNeo and ComoScout now feature an expanded OPC UA interface so they can make additional data available. Users can now update devices via the network, eliminating the need to do so in situ on the device itself. As an added benefit, the cycle ID can be transferred from the injection molding machine to complete the dataset. The ComoNeoSWITCH feature and the envelope curve functionality offer additional setting options. All these innovations result in better and more efficient process monitoring and optimization. These updates are fully compatible with Kistler's new AkvisIO data analysis software.

In-depth analyses: the basis for optimization and decision-making

With AkvisIO IME (Injection Molding Edition), Kistler shows what complete solutions for process monitoring will be able to achieve in the future. This modular data analysis software, including a graphic user interface, offers a host of new options for analysis. Going forward, classical methods of statistical analysis - and also data-based artificial intelligence methods - will enable users to perform quality-oriented evaluations of process and machine data directly in the software. This will also make it easier to integrate Kistler devices such as ComoNeo and ComoScout (as well as machines) into the data acquisition. The software supports communication standards such as the Ethernet-based EUROMAP 77, so the machine itself becomes the data source and AkvisIO is the Single-Source-of-Truth (SSOT) for reliable production data. This allows users to identify weak points rapidly and leverage potential for optimization. Kistler is also working on the integration of AI solutions for automated data analysis that will make process optimization based on cavity pressure considerably easier for users.

Optical quality testing for injection-molded products

Alongside process monitoring, optical inspection at the end of the injection molding process is a major step in achieving complete quality assurance. With its variable camera systems, test modules, and complete solutions that include sorting and batching, Kistler offers diverse options for comprehensive end-to-end inspection and sorting of injection-molded parts. The main inspection criteria for this 100-percent testing are dimensions and surface defects. Alongside classical image processing, the methods used include AI-based techniques such as anomaly detection. KiVision, the software developed by Kistler, guarantees a reliable inspection process for as many as 4,000 parts per minute: it is the core element of Kistler's optical testing systems. The interactive combination of cavity pressure monitoring and optical inspection solutions thus provides the basis for a complete portfolio of process and quality assurance solutions for the production of complex injection-molded parts.

Training courses on injection molding at the new Kistler Plastics Academy

Digitalization opens up many possibilities for injection molders to optimize their production. The newly established Kistler Plastics Academy invites companies to have their staff trained at three levels: Basic Level offers product-specific training; Advanced Level shows participants how to make comprehensive use of Kistler technology; and Expert Level focuses on data-assisted process optimization.