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Automation of molding facilities  #4(98), 2011

Technical specialists from KEBA AG offer optimized cost-saving automation solutions for plastics processing industry including injection molding machines control systems

KEBA AG is an internationally successful high tech company based in Austria with branches in Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, China, Taiwan, Japan and the USA.
In line with its credo, "Automation by innovation", KEBA develops and manufactures inventive, top quality automation solutions for industrial, banking and service branches. Indeed, as a result of competence, experience and courage, KEBA is the technology leader in its market segments.
KePlast is KEBA's newly developed innovative series of optimized injection molding machine control systems.
With KePlast, KEBA offers an optimized control platform that has been especially designed for any type of plastic injection moulding machine. It provides basic solutions for standard equipment as well as sophisticated versions for high-end machines.
KePlast systems are characterised by the fact that whatever the machine type or application, an ideal product can be found. Their scalability is not only limited to the control hardware with regard to CPU performance, I/O capacity, modularity and extension possibilities. It also applies to the size of the panel, the numbers of keys and individual features.
The comprehensive nature of KePlast control solutions allows any system to be operated by only a single application. This means that - should system performance demands increase - only the hardware needs to be exchanged; the existing software can remain the same. One application can be employed for all machines of a particular manufacturer, which greatly reduces customer expenditure. The high costs related to programming can be saved and a faster time-to-market is achieved.
ServiceNet from KEBA is a brand new plug&play solution for operating and monitoring injection moulding machines remotely. Worldwide fast access to process data for service & support issues as well as for easy diagnostics are possible the same way as it would be by operating the IMM’s screen directly on site.
The clou is that there is no need for modifying or changing anything in the company’s IT network, on the firewall or regarding the internet connection. There isn’t any security risk – whether for the company’s IT network nor for the IMM itself. Communication happens via a fast wireless internet connection using newest market standards. Thanks to the combination of secure remote access and direct communication possibilities between the machine’s operator and a service technician the solution is one of the most effective in its sector
Now KEBA’s proven KePlast i1000 control solution for cost-efficient automation of IMMs is available for vertical injection moulding machines, too. The tailor-made neutrally designed operation panels of KePlast i1000 V-IMM offer full support for vertical machine arrangement and can be customized easily. All the powerful functions of standard KePlast i1000 are available.
The control center software solution for IMM monitoring, KePlast EasyNet 2.0 is applied when operating several injection moulding machines at one manufacturing location. The system simplifies production monitoring greatly by concentrating all the production data in one control center. No matter if process monitoring, long-term statistics and monitoring of the machine’s productivity is necessary, the most efficient solution always will be EasyNet. The new, updated version 2.0 offers now possibility for user-specific adjustments and customizable features.
Automated material handling in IMM processes becomes more and more important. KEBA’s reaction on that is the turnkey robot automation solution KeMotion IMM Handling. Fast start-up is offered by easy system integration and an Euromap 67 interface as well as by powerful functionalities. Intuitive, graphical programming allows comfortable teach-in of the robot.
The high-end robot control guarantees fast take-out times and lowest vibrations of robot-arm and tool. KeMotion IMM Handling is fully customizable and delivered with lots of predefined unloading programs.
Even more power is offered by highly sophisticated KeMotion IMM Handling+ which supports all kinds of robots as well as additional robot axis. Vision integration for quality checks and a full featured, freely programmable PLC and robot control are implemented, too. Furthermore advanced applications like mounting, finishing, tracking and so on are possible with KeMotion IMM Handling+ package.

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