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At Automatica 2014, Kistler will showcase a joining system comprising Maxymos NC, the Indradrive servo amplifier and NC joining modules. The Maxymos NC monitors and controls the joining process. Such NC joining systems are predominantly used in the automotive and supply industry in manufacturing processes such as gearbox, motor, chassis or pump installation.

The XY monitors from Kistler’s Maxymos series enable customers to visualise and evaluate production processes, allowing them to operate in a consistent, process-integrated manner and to maximise quality assurance. In doing to, they monitor XY curves, where two measured variables must be in a certain relation to each other. Force-displacement curves are a good example of this, which arise from bearings being press-fitted.

The Maxymos NC enables NC joining systems to be monitored and controlled. It evaluates and documents the XY curves of joining and press-fitting operations in combination with NC joining modules and the associated Indradrive servo amplifier.

Due to the form of measurement curves, each stage of the production and assembly line — and even the entire product — can be monitored and operated via Sercos III in real time. In this way, optimum cycle times can be achieved with a high degree of repeat accuracy. Unplanned downtimes are minimised as machine availability increases, in turn allowing the productivity of the manufacturing process to be accelerated.

Automatica 2014 will be held on 3–6 June 2014 in Munich, Germany. Kistler will be found in hall A6, on stand 425.

Key product features

  • The Maxymos NC comprises two components: the measuring and evaluation module (MEM) and the display module (DIM)
  • These components can either be installed separately or as a compact unit
  • Up to eight joining processes can be visualised on the same display
  • Intuitive touch display — allows swift and straightforward set-up of programs
  • 128 programs can be stored, with the option of defining each one with an independent sequence of up to 255 elements
  • Ten evaluation objectives are available in each program
  • Process deviations are reliably detected, while complex process sequences are regulated and controlled
  • Multi-View function can be used to simultaneously visualise and compare various processes on the same monitor
  • Integrated sequence control (Sequencer Mode) enables processes to be illustrated without the need for expensive, external PLC programming
  • Flexible housing concept allows easy integration into existing or newly developed systems
  • Common interfaces such as Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet/IP and Ethercat are integrated and can be selected via a menu on the touch display

Kistler Instruments

Established in Winterthur (Switzerland) in 1957, the Kistler Group now has a worldwide presence with 23 group companies and 30 distributors ensuring prompt, local application support and short delivery times. With a staff of more than 1,000, the Kistler Group is one of the world’s leading providers of dynamic measuring instrumentation.

Kistler’s core competence is the development, production and use of sensors for measuring pressure, force and acceleration.  Kistler’s know-how and electronic systems can be used to prepare measuring signals for use in analyzing physical processes, controlling and optimizing industrial processes, improving product quality in manufacturing and improving performance in sports and rehabilitation.

Kistler offers a comprehensive range of sensors and systems for engine development, automotive engineering, plastics and metal processing, installation technology and biomechanics.

Heavy investment in research and development, 15% of staff worldwide are engaged in research and development, has generated a number of innovations using piezoelectric, piezoresistive and capacitive techniques to provide solutions to numerous force, pressure and acceleration measuring problems. These innovations include the world’s first commercial quartz sensor, two-wire constant current technology to integrate sensors with microelectronic circuitry, high-temperature pressure sensors for use up to 400 Deg C and three-component force measuring sensors.

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