Development of a retrofit system for screw presses for (partial) automation and minimization of setup time and development of a sensor array for the first-time recording of elementary process variables, for example the forming force

Theme Automation, Forming technology
Project title Development of a retrofit system for screw presses for (partial) automation and minimization of setup time and development of a sensor array for the first-time recording of elementary process variables, for example the forming force (AutoPress)
Project duration 01.10.2022 – 30.09.2024

Screw presses are a commonly used method for manufacturing pressed parts, with a total number of over 500 production lines. The quality of the setup of screw presses currently depends primarily on the experience of the employee. In addition to employee know-how, the long set-up time is also a challenge, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with low production volumes and a high degree of flexibility.

Together with JOBOTEC GmbH, IPH is developing a novel automated setting procedure for the process parameters of a screw press as part of this research project. The first direct measurement of the forming force and a novel optimization algorithm for the setup and process control of screw presses will reduce the setup time and prevent a loss of know-how. Users receive a system that they can operate easily and adapt individually to their screw press.

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The ZIM project KK5004404JF1 is funded via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) within the Central Innovation Program for small and medium-sized enterprises (ZIM) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

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