The Converting Technologies Division of DT Industries Inc. rolled out its Gen II thermoforming machine, with a robot to unload trimmed parts and an advanced Siemens automation system.
Siemens Energy & Automation provides its Totally Integrated Automation system for the machine, with a Simatic PC 670 industrial computer that runs a Simatic S7 slot programmable-logic controller.
“Every operation is programmable from a touch screen,” Brian Urban, president of DT Converting Technologies, said in a news release. “We can track, report on and adjust any process. ... Also, instead of one machine needing multiple operators, one person can operate several machines.”
DT's Converting Technologies Division is based in Hyannis, Mass. It includes the Sencorp, Armac and Stokes brands.
The Gen II has a 140-inch oven with 90 independently controlled heating zones, 45 upper and 45 lower zones. A noncontact thermal-imaging scanner constantly monitors the heating properties of the sheet. The controller includes a parts recipe, so tooling changes can be made in 15 minutes.
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