Press Release Summary:
To optimize injection molding process monitoring and analysis,Â ComoNeo offers touch-based display tailored to operator use, multiple channel inputs and digital outputs, role-based usability, and automated mold selection. Process-oriented operation is supported by tools offering active supportÂ via analysis ofÂ process fluctuations and component quality. While system generates and positions monitoring boxes for good/bad evaluation, systematic process guides user to rejection limits.
Original Press Release:
ComoNeo from Kistler
Setting New Standards in Automated Process Monitoring for Injection Molding
Novi -- Kistler unveils its new ComoNeo process monitoring system - the system of choice for any company that aims to optimize monitoring and analysis of the injection molding process so as to cut costs permanently.
For many years, Kistler's innovative solutions to enhance process reliability in injection molding have ensured the firm's leading position in the global market. These systems all feature mature technology with one common denominator: quality testing is integrated into the injection molding process. The benefit: faulty parts can be excluded from the production process before they cause unnecessary costs. The ComoNeo process monitoring system moves automated production process monitoring into a new dimension: first-time customers will find that Kistler's new system provides a simple introduction, while users with experience in this field will appreciate the technological advances that it offers.
Simple, intuitive operation
The ComoNeo process monitoring system breaks new ground in the development of hardware as well as integrated monitoring software. To start with, the entirely new intuitive design sets new standards. The display – equipped with optimized touch-based operation – is now more closely tailored to users' needs. Users also benefit directly from the increased number of channel inputs on the ComoNeo: twice as many cavity pressure signals can now be recorded, so molds with a large number of cavities can be connected. Likewise, the number of digital outputs is doubled, so more components can be evaluated individually. The ComoNeo software is also committed to a process-oriented operating philosophy – as is clear from the various new tools that offer active support with analyzing process fluctuations and monitoring component quality. This system is ideal for highly quality-conscious companies that aim for systematic analysis and optimization of their processes – and it is also an excellent choice for firms that focus on the transparency of their injection molding processes and comprehensive documentation of component quality.
Innovative Functions for Optimized Processes
Daniel Fick, Kistler's Product Manager in the Plastics Strategic Business Field, emphasizes the high innovative content of this newly developed product: "The launch of ComoNeo has moved auto-mated monitoring of the injection molding process into a new dimension. A host of innovative functions position ComoNeo on the market as a powerfully attractive process monitoring system." One outstanding highlight of the integrated monitoring software is the tool that generates and positions the monitoring boxes for good/bad evaluation. In the past, users had to set the monitoring boxes themselves. Now, the ComoNeo includes a systematic process (Evaluation Assistant/EO Assistant) that guides the user quickly and accurately to the rejection limits. The results from the EO Assistant therefore define the evaluation types and the relevant limits. Thanks to this approach, components can be monitored with high precision and pseudoscrap (i.e. "presumed" scrap) is reduced. Complaints from customers are also avoided because no faulty components leave the production line.
Reducing pseudoscrap and eliminating rejects are two especially crucial factors in cutting production costs in the injection molding process.
The "dashboard" is a second highlight: this is an overview screen that collates all the relevant
process data to give a clear picture of how the production lot is currently progressing. Thanks to the dashboard, Kistler customers can detect process fluctuations very quickly. Users can also navigate directly from the dashboard to the detailed data. Another attractive innovation: the operating controls and procedures are consistently geared to the injection molding process – for instance, cavity-specific analyses can be carried out.
Additional Tools to Improve Process Monitoring
But that's not all: ComoNeo offers even more tools – such as the newly-designed user management feature that allows every company to set up its own specific roles for various users, and automatic mold identification to prevent errors on the interface between the mold and the integrated monitoring software. Automated mold selection also reduces retooling times. In a nutshell: when the objective is to maximize production efficiency in the injection molding process, ComoNeo is the process monitoring system of choice for quality-conscious companies.
About the Kistler Group
Kistler is the global leader in dynamic pressure, force, torque, and acceleration measurement. Cutting-edge technologies provide the basis for Kistler's modular systems and services.
Customers in industry, research, and development benefit from Kistler's experience as a development partner, enabling them to optimize their products and processes so as to secure sustainable competitive edge. Kistler plays a key role in the evolution of automobile production and industrial automation. Drawing on its vast application expertise – and always with an absolute commitment to quality – Kistler drives innovations ahead in areas such as lightweight construction, vehicle safety, emission reduction, and Industry 4.0.
The Kistler Group is an independent, owner-managed Swiss corporation. Some 1 500 employees at 56 facilities worldwide are dedicated to the development of new measurement solutions, backed by individual application-specific support at the local level. Ever since Kistler was founded in 1959, the company has grown hand-in-hand with its customers. In 2015, it posted revenue of USD 341 million, about 10% of which is reinvested in innovation and research – with the aim of delivering better results for every customer.
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