The aim of the research project "Connecting simulation and machine to optimise the production process of injection-moulded parts – CoSiMa" (03INT507BA) is to achieve continuous communication between process simulation and the injection moulding machine.
With an international consortium of German and Slovenian companies together with the Slovenian research cluster Tecos – Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre, Celje, Slovenia – a transfer function is being developed to transfer simulation-based set-up datasets directly to the injection moulding machine. With the help of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) as the mediator between simulation and machine, it will also be possible to support the machine operator in the setting-up process by providing the simulation results from a relevant process window.
Apart from its own activities, IKV is also coordinating the successful international cooperation within the consortium. ARBURG is driving the machine-related development of the necessary interfaces and the machine control system, while GRP provides the infrastructure for data handling. Simcon is looking after the simulation-related interface and the stored material models. TECOS coordinates the work of the Slovenian partners and the processing of the mould-related parameters, while practical tests are carried out by the two partners, KOLEKTOR and TEHNOMAT.