Complete end-to-end monitoring of simple joining processes

Winterthur, August 2017 – Kistler is adding the NCFE joining module to its extensive portfolio of electromechanical joining modules. The new module is specifically designed for simple joining processes – so plant manufacturers and power pack operators now have a cost-effective alternative to conventional pneumatic or hydraulic systems.

Kistler's NCFE joining module opens up new options for all those customers who found it was not worthwhile to use electromechanical joining systems until now. This module is specifically designed for simple joining processes typified by low requirements as regards cycle times, design and measuring ranges. Compared to hydraulic or pneumatic units, the NCFE module (the 'E' stands for Economy) offers impressively low energy consumption, simple handling and fast commissioning. The NCFE is designed for applications in the measuring range from 10 to 80 kN.

Kistler offers a broad range of electromechanical joining systems servo assembly presses for many industrial applications.
Kistler offers a broad range of electromechanical joining systems servo assembly presses for many industrial applications.

A new era dawns for plant manufacturers and power pack operators

The NCFE module is a genuinely cost-effective alternative for plant manufacturers who have developed their own joining systems until now. All the systems are pre-tested, so fast commissioning is guaranteed. What's more, integrated sensor technology gives users the benefit of complete end-to-end monitoring and control of the entire joining process. Installation and handling are made much simpler, so users can present convincing arguments to their customers on points such as energy savings, short delivery times and flexibility.

Comprehensive control thanks to the maXYmos NC monitoring system

The joining process is monitored by Kistler's maXYmos NC monitoring system, which evaluates and documents XY curves for joining and press-fit processes in conjunction with the NC joining modules and the matching IndraDrive servo amplifier. The patterns of measurement curves can be used to monitor the quality of a single production step, a sub-assembly or an entire product, with control in real time via SERCOS III. The benefits: optimal cycle times can be achieved with maximum repeat accuracy. Downtime is minimized and machine availability is increased – adding up to a boost in productivity for the entire manufacturing process.

The right joining system for every application

Like all Kistler's joining systems, the NCFE module offers significantly greater efficiency than hydraulic and pneumatic processes. Savings potential with the electrical process is about 77% as compared to the hydraulic process, and about 90% in relation to the pneumatic process. Maintenance outlay for these systems is minimal, so users can save even more on their already low production costs – and 100% quality control reduces the scrap rate during production.

Alexander Müller, Product Manager for NC Joining Systems at Kistler, sums up the advantages: 'With this new bandwidth of products – from compact high-end joining modules (NCFH) through to simple joining units (NCFE) – Kistler now offers the right system to meet every requirement. Another plus: seamless integration into an overarching production environment is possible thanks to the flexible interfaces included in maXYmos NC as standard. With the NCFE module, we can now give our customers even more specific support as they endeavor to cut costs, save time and strengthen their long-term competitive edge on the market!'

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