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Intelligent Controls for High-Speed Injection Moulding Machines

Objective

Plastics production is one of the main industries in Europe with sales exceeding 135 billion Euro per annum. To achieve, hold and consolidate the European technological leadership in the field of industrial goods for plastic processing is of capital importance for the competitiveness of converting industry and consequently in the whole manufacturing industry. European manufacturers of plastics producing machinery have produced about 17.000 machines in 2000, representing a market volume of 1.500 MEuro.ICON-HISIM wants to strengthen the competitiveness of this important European industry sector and therefore proposes.
To develop, design and test a hybrid and electro-hydrostatic control system for the clamping unit of a middle size high-speed injection moulding machine;
to develop, design and test an electro-hydraulically operated injection unit increasing injection speed and total efficiency above 40% significantly;
to develop a new digital self-adaptive control strategy based on cavity pressure for the injection unit to achieve optimal process control;
to develop and test a computer simulation package based on commercially available software that allows to evaluate the performance of clamping units for plastic component production machinery with and without toggle;
To provide optimal use and high reliability of the production machinery by virtual prototyping for reduced set-up expenditure;
to provide condition monitoring and teleservice for downtime reduction, easy maintenance and user-friendliness;
to substantially reduce mineral oil volume, noise emission, energy consumption and cooling water needs. To verify and test these components in a prototype high-speed injection moulding unit for plastic component production under real production conditions. The ICON-HISIMM consortium consists of 9 partners from 5 European countries. It includes 4 Sees and 3 research institutes. Two partners come from associate candidate countries.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-NMP-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT DRESDEN
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
Dresden
Germany

Participants (8)

SANDRETTO INDUSTRIE S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Primo Levi, 4
Grugliasco
ADAPTECH
France
Address
4 Rue Du Tour De L'eau'
Saint Martin D'hères'
MOOG ITALIANA S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via G. Pastore 4
Malnate (Va)
BETAPACK S.A.
Spain
Address
C/oianzabaleta N.3
Irùn
SIMCON KUNSTSTOFFECHNISCHE SOFTWARE GMBH
Germany
Address
Kaiserstraße 100
Aachen
MPC-MCO SPOLKA Z.O.O.
Poland
Address
Ul. Dabrowa 21
Bydgoszcz
POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA (WARSAW UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY)
Poland
Address
Pl. Politechniki 1
Warszawa
RHEINISCH WESTFÄLISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
Address
Templergraben 55
Aachen