Kistler is launching its new NCFE joining module, developed especially for plant manufacturers who nowadays build their own joining units and also for operators of conventional power packs.
The new joining module is specifically intended for simple joining processes that feature low requirements as regards cycle times, design and measuring ranges. As compared to hydraulic or pneumatic units, the NCFE module (the 'E' stands for Economy) offers convincing advantages such as low energy consumption, simple handling and fast commissioning. It is designed for applications in the 10 – 80 kN measuring range.
The joining process is monitored by the maXYmos NC monitoring system, which evaluates and documents XY curves for joining and press-fit processes in conjunction with the NC joining modules and the IndraDrive servo amplifier that is included in the system. The patterns of measurement curves can be used to monitor the quality of a single production step, a sub-assembly or an entire product, with control in real time via SERCOS III. The benefits: optimal cycle times can be achieved with maximum repeat accuracy, downtime is minimized and machine availability is increased – adding up to a boost in productivity for the entire manufacturing process.
Thanks to integrated sequence control (sequencer mode), processes can be mapped with no need to rely on costly external PLC programming. The programs can be set up quickly and easily with the help of the intuitive user interface on the touch display. A total of up to 128 programs can be saved and for each program, an independent sequence with as many as 255 objects can be defined. Processes are evaluated with the help of profiles for two interrelated measurands that are assessed as good (OK) or bad (NOK). Ten Evaluation Objects (EOs) are available for each program, so process deviations can be detected and complex process sequences can be regulated and controlled.