Optimized multi-component and RTM processes with ComoNeo 2.1

Winterthur, December 2017 – Kistler introduces the advanced version of its ComoNeo process monitoring system. Thanks to a software update, ComoNeo 2.1 can now be used to optimize multi-component and RTM processes too.

Dr. Robert Vaculik, Head of Kistler's Strategic Business Field Plastics, explains: 'The software update for ComoNeo 2.1 now positions us to offer our customers a tried-and-tested process monitoring system that covers a far wider bandwidth of applications. This is our answer to efficient control of the increased complexity in plastics processing – leading to higher quality and lower production costs.'

The ComoNeo 2.1 process monitoring system visualizes and evaluates cavity pressure.
The ComoNeo 2.1 process monitoring system visualizes and evaluates cavity pressure.

Process monitoring for 2K and RTM processes

Especially in the automotive sector, many plastic parts are actually combinations of two or more components. This means that mold and processing technology needs to be optimized and monitored. The challenge: to assess the characteristic cavity pressure curves, two or more processes have to be captured and evaluated separately, depending on the component being produced. With ComoNeo 2.1, users can examine up to four components with different mold technologies.

The RTM process for industrial processing of long-fiber composites is increasingly deployed in lightweight construction design, especially in the automobile manufacturing and aviation technology sectors. To meet this challenge, Kistler offers special RTM sensors. Coupled with the expanded functionalities of ComoNeo 2.1, they provide the basis for quality assurance and process optimization.

All set for Industry 4.0 with ComoDataCenter

ComoNeo's intelligent functions meet the requirements for digitization of the injection molding process. The parameters acquired by ComoNeo deliver transparent, reproducible results and integral process analysis. All the collected data is stored centrally in ComoDataCenter where it is available for further analyses. ComoDataCenter also allows networking of process data with higher-level systems such as a Manufacturing Execution System (MES).