The One Stop Shop for Digital Solutions: ENGEL Integrates Software Company TIG

The One Stop Shop for Digital Solutions: ENGEL Integrates Software Company TIG

Digital solutions by ENGEL support injection moulders along the entire value-added process in their production. To provide a holistic experience, the e-connect customer portal is gradually being extended to a production portal. To allow this to happen, ENGEL is relying – among other things – on the know-how of software vendor TIG GmbH.

“We want every injection moulder to use our e-connect portal as their default start page one day, and we want them to find everything they need for their day-to-day production.”
Gerhard Dimmler, CTO of the ENGEL Group

ENGEL is deriving its inject 4.0 strategy from this vision. Already introduced at the K show 2022, the strategy envisages expanding the previous customer portal to provide a production portal. The production portal will then be compatible with all manufacturers, allowing injection moulders to map all the value-added stages of their production on the portal.

TIG know-how integrated into the existing ENGEL structure

ENGEL acquired software vendor TIG, which developed the authentic MES solution, among other products, in 2016. Some years later, the distribution of authentic was brought into the ENGEL fold and assigned to the Digital Sales department, headed by Hannes Zach. En route to becoming a one-stop shop for digital solutions, the injection moulding machine manufacturer is now fully integrating TIG know-how into its existing structures. The company will be merged into the ENGEL Group on 1 January 2024. ENGEL will take over all the employees, and the headquarters in Rankweil, Vorarlberg, Austria, will also be retained. Hannes Pils, previously the company’s CEO, now has the role of Head of Service & Consulting in ENGEL Customer Service.

ENGEL sim link data interface extended to include MOLDEX3D

ENGEL is also presenting another innovation for the design phase at Fakuma – the first of the four steps along the injection moulding process.

Sim link is a solution from the inject 4.0 family for a bidirectional data exchange between the simulation and the injection moulding machine, it is being expanded and is now also compatible with MOLDEX3D. In product development, the question of the manufacturability of a part is critical. Simulation delivers the answer for the injection moulding processes here. Despite this, a survey shows that many injection moulders fail to integrate simulation expertise into production and that actual parameters from display rarely find their way back into the simulation.

The result is time-consuming and cost-intensive iteration loops to optimise the mould and the production process. At the Expert Corner Design of the ENGEL stands at Fakuma, ENGEL is showing how the ENGEL sim link data interface accelerates sample inspection of injection moulds and pushes the optimisation of injection moulding processes forward, resulting in significant productivity gains.

Improved simulation means more cost-efficient production.

ENGEL presented a sim link for the first time at the K Show 2019. Thus far, the tool has been available for Moldflow (Autodesk) and CADMOULD (SIMCON). Release 1.2 saw the application spectrum expanded to include the MOLDEX3D simulation software.

Using a sim link is an intuitive and efficient experience. Users can already store the machine’s physical dynamics and performance data intended for sampling the mould and for production later on, along with the material data, before simulating injection moulding.

In the second step, the process settings determined in the simulation are transferred via a sim link to the control unit of the injection moulding machine as an initial setting data set. This makes it possible to produce high-quality parts in the shortest possible time.

In the third step, the processing settings, process parameters and measurement results from the machine, optimised during operation, can be stored and fed back into the simulation program. This leads to more accurate data and optimised simulations.

Closed loop between simulation and the process

“Sim link facilitates the cooperation between the simulation experts and the process engineers.”
Alfred Angerer, Digital Injection Moulding Development at ENGEL

In conclusion, the sim link improves the quality of the simulation with real-world data, accelerating the sample inspection process and process optimisation, while reducing costs and boosting productivity.

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