Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH has acquired the worldwide rights for the inline thermography process developed by SKZ (Das Kunstostoff-Zentrum), the plastics institute in Würzburg, Germany.
The injection press maker will present the process at Fakuma 2011, Oct. 18-22 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. A MacroPower 650 press will mold stackable transport crates, and a Wittmann WW843 linear robot will present the parts to a thermographic camera.
Inline thermography uses the thermographic cameras to record surface temperatures of part immediately after it is ejected from the injection molding machine. A linear robot presents the parts to the camera in various positions. Then the software developed by SKZ evaluates the temperature profile.
The technology can regulate temperature control, by determine deviations form the ideal temeprature profile, then sending corrections to the mold's cooling circuits via the Wittmann FlowCon water regulator.
Any changes are made in real time, shot to shot. That allows molders to avoid rejects and ensure stable parts quality, as well as improve production startup.
Wittmann Battenfeld officials claim the camera systems are much more accurate and robust than conventional temperature sensors inside the mold.
Wittmann Battenfeld, based in Kottingbrunn, Austria, is the exclusive distributor of the SKZ inline thermography system.
The machinery maker's U.S. operation, Wittmann Inc., is based in Torrington, Conn.
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