The K 2019 exhibition saw WITTMANN BATTENFELD, together with MES partner ICE-flex, offer the plastics industry a ready-to-use and low-cost single-machine MES solution called TEMIone.
MES solutions are an integral part of Industry 4.0 and have established themselves successfully in the plastics industry as information and control centres for the production monitoring and planning of injection moulding machines. However, the initial hurdle for the decision to install an MES program in a company can be rather high. The reasons can include the often high cost for the complete package, the retrofitting of existing machines with standardised interfaces in order to communicate with the MES program, the organisational adjustment and training of company staff to make use of the system and the involvement of the internal IT department to set up the network and to adhere to the company’s security requirements.
In particular, companies with a relatively low number of injection moulding machines may shy away from the financial and technical challenges of installing an MES solution in their plant. And this despite the many distinct advantages such a system would generate, namely, traceability of production data, calculation of the overall equipment efficiency, display of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for root cause analysis of downtime, to name but a few factors.
The ready-to-use single-machine MES solution from WITTMANN BATTENFELD and partner ICE-flex, TEMIone, has been designed to precisely avoid all of these initial hurdles:
- TEMIone resides on a separate data server, which is pre-installed and ready-to-use in the WITTMANN BATTENFELD control cab. No involvement of the IT-department is necessary.
- TEMIone does not require any external network communication.
- TEMIone perfectly works together with the WITTMANN 4.0 router mounted in the control cabinet. Therefore, an integrated firewall optimised for the communication through standard protocols of the moulding industry is immediately available.
- TEMIone can automatically communicate with WITTMANN 4.0 auxiliary equipment.
- TEMIone comes at a low price.
The new TEMIone is also easily accessible on the UNILOG B8 control of WITTMANN BATTENFELD injection moulding machines. The main screen of TEMIone is the dashboard, and it gives a complete overview of the efficiency parameters.
Furthermore, TEMIone, as well as the advanced package TEMI+ for the entire shop floor, can uniquely cover both injection moulding machines and WITTMANN 4.0 auxiliaries around the moulding machine. Therefore, a complete data acquisition and evaluation of the quality parameters of all devices involved in the production of a moulded part is possible. All of the data recordings can be initiated directly on the UNILOG B8 control screen of WITTMANN BATTENFELD injection moulding machines. The data is stored as a standard on the onboard TEMI data server and can also eventually be extended to the outside via a USB port or even with a network connection to a remote folder if preferred.
The support of WITTMANN 4.0 means that all auxiliary equipment in the moulding cell automatically logs in and out of the WITTMANN 4.0 based production in a “Plug & Produce” manner. Thus, the MES solution TEMIone/+ is always automatically informed about the composition of a work cell and can adjust the display on the screen, as well as the data storage accordingly and without user interaction. Another key advantage is the merging of error messages of all connected devices to a common error list. Also, mould data settings including WITTMANN 4.0 equipment, can be stored and retrieved. It is also possible to preview the mould data settings before downloading from the TEMIone server.
And – best of all – the TEMIone package comes at a very economical price, allowing even single requirements for data acquisition and storage in a company, e.g. for applications in the automotive, medical or pharmaceutical industry.