Control system and software developers from a number of leading injection moulding machine manufacturers met at Arburg in Lossburg. The 14 members of the working group, which is headed up by Dr Harald Weber of the German Machinery and Plant Manufacturers Association (VDMA), made good progress on developing the Euromap 77 interface. The aim is to create a uniform international interface for the exchange of data between injection moulding machines and the production management system (MES) and to make digital communication compatible with Industry 4.0.
The new Euromap 77 interface will facilitate even faster and more efficient data exchange between injection moulding machines and host computers, paving the way for the widespread use of Industry 4.0 in the plastics processing industry. Another advantage over Euromap 63, which is to be replaced, is greater flexibility. In the future it will also be possible to incorporate multi-component and rotary table machines, as well as individual injection units as required.
Focusing on ‘Industry 4.0 – powered by Arburg’, a fully networked and automated production line was presented at Fakuma 2015. An allround injection moulding machine and the Freeformer for additive manufacturing are combined to individualize office scissors. The OPC-UA application protocol is used by both systems for the data management of the automated production processes. ALS networks the autonomous stations, records the process and quality data and archives it in the ‘cloud’.