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ENGEL at Plastimagen 2016

07.11.2016

Set out to reach new horizons in quality and efficiency – that's ENGEL's focus at Plastimagen 2016 from March 8th to 11th in Mexico City.

Set out to reach new horizons in quality and efficiency – that's ENGEL's focus at Plastimagen 2016 from March 8th to 11th in Mexico City.

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ENGEL has designed its all-electric ENGEL e-motion injection moulding machine for high-performance operation throughout.

The injection moulding machine manufacturer and system expert with headquarters in Schwertberg, Austria, and a subsidiary in Querétaro, Mexico, presents this theme from two perspectives: both innovative processing technologies and Industry 4.0 open up new possibilities for injection moulding processors to boost their productivity, quality and flexibility in their fabrication and thus consistently reduce unit costs.

"Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution that we are currently experiencing, is both a challenge and a chance," emphasizes Walter Jungwirth, Managing Director of ENGEL de Mexico in Querétaro. "Our goal is to master the challenges together with our customers in order to gain the maximum benefit from the new chances that are arising. We view ourselves as a partner helping our customers to optimize their production processes." ENGEL can draw on rich experience in this area, because in their own business, Industry 4.0 is already long-established practice. inject 4.0 – under this name, ENGEL bundles all its products, systems and services that make both individual injection moulding machines and the entire production network smarter in the sense of Industry 4.0.

In order to continue to boost productivity, efficiency, quality and flexibility in production, you need to do more than simply use the best injection moulding equipment; its potential must be leveraged to the max. This is where inject 4.0 comes to play with the smart factory concept. With the help of the networking and integration of production systems, the systematic exploitation of process and production data and the use of adaptive production systems, the manufacturing processes in a smart factory continuously optimise themselves. The smart factory is based upon three pillars:

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 machine availability quickly and efficiently thanks to close proximity and the use of remote maintenance tools.

ENGEL is bringing solutions for all these areas to Plastimagen, for example the iQ weight control und iQ clamp control software products that continuously monitor and automatically readjust quality-relevant parameters (smart machines), the ENGEL e-factory MES that is specifically tailored for the requirements of the plastics processor and therefore achieves an extremely high level of vertical data integration all the way down to the level of individual cavities (smart production), and ENGEL e-connect.24 for fast online support and remote maintenance.

"The modular concept allows our customers to start with a specific solution adapted to their own requirements at any time and then gradually develop it further," as Jungwirth emphasises. "Industry 4.0 will be different for each business and it doesn't always have to be a comprehensive solution. Optimising manufacturing processes starts with the individual machines and can reach all the way up to a global production network."

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