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Injection Molding Machines from Sandretto do Brasil with Automata Control Systems: Sercos Establishes Itself in the Plastics Machinery Industry
Sandretto do Brasil is one of South America’s leading manufacturers of injection molding machines. The company’s main strength is its use of innovative automation technology that takes the special cost situation on the local market into account. The most important specifications while creating the design of the new Meglio und Mega machine series were standardization of the control components by implementing an open and future-oriented system bus and an increase in machine performance. Another goal was to substantially reduce costs for electrical equipment in the machine. The F3 control system from Automata with a Sercos communication bus perfectly fulfills the technical requirements. A further plus: besides its improved system performance it also reduces costs in comparison to the previously-used solution.
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More flexibility in Machine Construction thanks to Industrial Ethernet
The dream of an intelligent factory is almost as old as industrial engineering itself. The higher the number of employees and workstations working in parallel for the production of a product, the more communication and control is required. What was once defined by a strict working cycle is now done by information channels constituting the nervous system of a company.
Read the complete Sercos article "Ethernet in Machine Construction (Part1)" (33 KB PDF)
Trends and challenges in industrial automation
Everything used to be very simple. The machines set the pace on the plant floor. Maintaining a perfect rhythm made the work more efficient. The rules are different in today’s state-of-the-art production environments. Fast reaction to change has become an additional success factor which contributes to high productivity during normal day-to-day operations. No matter how well you prepare, you cannot plan for every eventuality.
Read the complete Sercos article "Ethernet in Machine Construction (Part 2)" (36 KB PDF)
Data traffic with high performance and tested reliability
Maximum efficiency is the goal of every machine manufacturer. Every project has to be judged in terms of how far it offers an optimum balance between results and costs. Therefore, new technologies are not taken up simply because they are new but because they improve efficiency without raising costs unnecessarily.
Read the complete Sercos article "Ethernet in Machine Construction (Part 3)" (37 KB PDF)
How companies can master the conversion safely and systematically
One should love all things old, recommends Theodore Fontane in his book “Der Stechlin”, whereas the new has to be lived. This is generally easier said than done, however, since switching to a new technology involves numerous hurdles. Opportunities, risks and costs have to be weighed up. And there is also an emotional component, as no one ever likes to say goodbye to something which they have got used to.
Read the complete Sercos article "Ethernet in Machine Construction (Part 4)" (38 KB PDF)