Process Data on Cell Phones
Dr. Boy GmbH & Co. KG, Neustadt-Fernthal, Germany, believes that standard machines with multifunctional features – some with tailored automation solutions or packages for optimizing setup times – are the focus of customer interest. The company is also addressing current topics, such as the Internet of Things and machine networking. Applications featuring multi-component technology, injection blow molding and medical technology will also play a role.
Two robots collaborating in a production cell will make the human-machine interface an exciting experience for visitors. A Boy 35 E VV will produce transparent glasses which will then be removed by a robot, individually labeled with a name and filled. A second robot will hand the beverage to the trade-fair visitor. A special feature of this type of collaborative robot technology is the omission of hitherto obligatory safety fences.
The current possibilities of machine networking and data availability will be demonstrated with the aid of an app developed by Boy. The data from the trade-fair machines will be collected and sent to a server via an internet connection. The Status app (http://status.dr-boy.de) will enable users to view the current machine data of the exhibits on online mobile devices – in real life: this would be the current status of machines in its factory. Data transmission here is made possible by the Procan Alpha controller of the injection molding machine, which has a digital output to the online world.
To illustrate its expertise in micro-injection molding, a Boy XS will produce parts of a micro rotary engine with a shot weight of only 0.08 g. The small screw diameter (8 mm) supports shorter dwell times of the material in the plasticizing unit and faster flow rate of the material (following the first in/first out principle). As a result even heat-sensitive materials can be processed.
In a nod to the ongoing strong trend toward product customization, Boy will be making 3D mold inserts by additive manufacturing. Printed in just a few hours, the inserts support the production of different geometrical components in the downstream injection molding process. The technology utilizes Boy’s own tool-changing system, which is now also available for the Boy 25 E and 35 E series. This system allows for the inserts to be changed within few minutes.
Hall 13, booth A43
Dr. Boy GmbH & Co. KG
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