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At NPE 2015, which runs until 27 March, Kistler is presenting the new CoMo DataCenter 2.0 (CDC) for data management and analysis of injection-moulding processes. The CDC complements Kistler’s CoMo injection system, which enables the cavity-pressure-based quality monitoring and documentation of injection-moulding processes.

With this package, users can optimise the quality of their series production by integrating the process monitoring directly in the manufacturing process. As a result, waste will be detected and rejected as it occurs and manual quality checks can be dispensed with. This enables manufacturers to reduce material and production costs.

CDC links all the user’s CoMo injection systems together, combining process- and quality-related production data for both live and completed orders in one database. In addition to receiving at-a-glance information about the status of each injection-moulding machine, users are enabled to monitor their production and analyse processes across multiple machines. For example, they can see which machine is generating particularly good or poor performance values.

All data can be accessed through a web browser, even from a mobile device — for complete transparency at any time and from everywhere in the world. As a result, users can meet the growing customer demand for documentation and traceability of production data.

Kistler is at stand W3063 in Hall B at the event.

Key features and benefits

  • Como DataCenter 2.0 is easy to install: all the necessary software components are integrated in an installation package that can be launched with just a click.
  • There is no need to manually link interfaces; users can get started right away.
  • Because CDC accesses an integrated database, there is no need to purchase an additional database, which avoids subsequent costs.
  • With the optional expert version, data can be integrated in the user’s IT infrastructure, allowing an existing database to be used. All production data can therefore be merged from different systems for unlimited data comparability.
  • CDC’s user guidance is claimed to be easy to familiarise with. According to Daniel Fick, product manager at Kistler, it is easy to compare the status, effectiveness, and capacity utilisation of machines.
  • CDC’s detailed data history is quick and easy to search with the help of various filters, enabling the user to perform multi-stage searches for production orders and batches.
  • To analyse process fluctuations and reject cycles in detail, CDC comes with a range of evaluation functions. These include interactive trend graphs for all recorded production cycles, which legibly reveal process fluctuations, and a detailed curve analysis for subsequent causal research. All results of the analysis can also be exported to other programs.

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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