Roemheld Industry 4.0 pressworking
A new Industry 4.0-ready system for automatically positioning and securing a tool on the ram of a power press and then feeding back production data has been launched by Roemheld.
Flexline offers numerous configuration options for rapidly installing almost any tool on a variety of punching and forming presses. During operation, integrated sensors measure die or punch holding force and monitor it in real-time, allowing data to be transmitted continuously via an interface such as an IO-link to the press control. As an option, Roemheld supplies evaluation software that graphically displays the condition of tool clamping.
Andreas Reich, head of quick die clamping technology at Hilma-Roemheld in Germany says, "Many press operators like the fact that their systems can be digitalised and networked with little effort. Flexline is suitable for either factory installation or retrofitting. It is simple to operate and inexpensive to purchase, so is a practicable, innovative solution that is readily accessible to manufacturers."
Industry 4.0-ready clamps secure the upper punch or die on the ram of an automatic hydraulic press, the company explains. The operator then has access to information concerning the actual holding force on the tool and is able to detect unusual clamping and stripping forces during production, as well as tool overload, wear and breakage.