Efficiency, productivity, availability, quality and flexibility are decisive for a competitive edge. But to achieve optimal results, you need to do more than just deploy the best injection moulding equipment; it is all about leveraging its potential to the max. inject 4.0 – this is Engel's approach for facing these challenges. To this end, Engel already has numerous products in its portfolio today that support customers in these optimisations. Engel is showcasing these products at Fakuma 2015. For the first time, the entire trade fair stand has been designed as a smart factory, self-optimising production based on three core elements:
- smart machines that boost process capability and quality with self-adapting, decentralised systems,
- smart production to ensure high levels of productivity thanks to horizontal and vertical data integration, and
- smart services that improve availability thanks to proximity and the use of remote maintenance tools.
There can be no doubt that also the machines at the Engel trade fair stand work in a smart way. For example, software solutions from the iQ product family enhance process stability by continually analysing the plasticising and moulding process and automatically adjusting in case of deviations from targets, while Engel e-flomo autonomously ensures a constant supply of cooling water, thus contributing towards maximising process capability.
The inject 4.0 products that lead to optimal overall results differ for each injection moulding task, each company and each location – another fact that will become clear at the Engel trade fair stand. The smart factory in Friedrichshafen will be presenting five innovative applications from five different industries, each of which poses its individual challenges.