Process quality control Innovations and digital products for mould making at Fakuma
Strack Norma will present its innovations in the field of injection moulding and die casting tools at the Fakuma International Trade Fair for Plastics Processing from October 17 to 21 in Friedrichshafen. In doing so, the Lüdenscheid-based company is continuing its path towards Industry 4.0 and is expanding its digital offering to include mould location and a new variant of flow monitoring.
Visitors to the Fakuma trade fair can find out more about Strack Norma's innovations and product range in Hall A2, Stand 2306. New products and services include Tool Strack. This new tool tracking system is now available and offers precise tracking indoors or outdoors by combining different tracking technologies. While outdoors the signal is sent via traditional GPS or network triangulation (GSM), indoors Tool Strack trackers use the company's existing WLAN network or easy-to-install additional BLE anchor points. Users can access the location coordinates of their tools in the online service portal, view historical data or run reports on usage and residence in geo-zones. The tracker, which has a lifespan of up to eight years, can record the movement or cycles of the mould or even the temperature, depending on the hardware component, and has motion and position sensors as well as virtual tamper detection.
The new Liftmould ELS 60 T single-point electro-mechanical lifting system is designed to handle large moulds for injection moulding, die casting and foundry moulds, making transport safer and more efficient. The integration of the certified Liftmould ELS 60T system provides the ability to lift significant loads from a single anchor point. This innovative system not only ensures efficient handling, but also significantly increases safety standards. At the same time, the system is compatible with any type of hook >90 mm, so no modifications to the overhead crane are required. Suitable lifting pins are available in a range of sizes to handle tools of different weights.
The system is simple and safe to use, with a remote control to lock and unlock the tool. Internal sensors detect the presence of a base and secure the lock during lifting. This means that moulds weighing up to 60 tonnes can be safely lifted without manual intervention or the need to climb into the machine. In addition, the use of Liftmould saves up to ten minutes during each mould change, helping to optimise set-up times.
Innovative customisation options with new slide kits The new Z42010 slide kit programme is a significant development of the proven Z4200 system. The ability to customise heights, lengths and widths means that users can integrate them seamlessly into their production processes. To cover a wide range of applications, the Slide Gate Kit can be used as a complete assembly or as individual components and is now available in 33 different sizes. An important feature of the new gate kits is the outer radius, which makes it easier to create pockets in the mould. The gates are equipped with a special gate insert adaptor, which allows a choice of materials 1.2343 and 1.2767 in a hardness of 54 +/- 2 HRC. Complementary thrust pieces with the Z42050 inclined column adapter are also available and can be combined with the new Z72 inclined column with tapered head.
Consistent process quality with Flosense digital control
Flosense digital support offers the possibility of monitoring the injection moulding process and using the data obtained to optimise the process for continuous improvement of productivity and product quality. The new 2.0 version, which has been added to the range, is the ideal choice when installation dimensions are limited and provides maximum flexibility. As with the Flosense 4.0 version, up to 48 temperature control circuits can be monitored for flow and temperature by combining up to 4 manifolds. Flow rates from 0.5-10l/min and temperatures up to 160°C also allow users to ensure optimum process monitoring in sensitive areas such as near-contour cooling or core cooling.
Increased flexibility with 3D-printed spiral cores
The new 3D printed spiral cores for near-contour core cooling provide an optimised cooling system that reduces cycle times and improves part quality. The spiral cores enable targeted and uniform cooling at any point on the part, preventing undesirable effects such as warping or cracking. Spiral cores are available in three different versions, single-start, double-start and double-start for ejection, in sizes from Ø12 to Ø80 and lengths from 125 to 250 mm, with rheologically optimised trapezoidal cross sections that ensure low pressure losses.