To further automate additive manufacturing, consistently transparent and digitalized postprocessing is imperative.
This is where Solukon has once again lived up to its reputation as a pioneer, by developing the Digital-Factory-Tool (DFT). With this sensor and interface kit, Solukon sets new standards for quality monitoring, depowdering automation and digital integration.
The Digital-Factory-Tool is compatible with the following Solukon systems:
- Process data collection
- Program data collection
- Project data storage
- Process validation
- Note on value deviation
- Certified logging
Energy consumption / Carbon footprint
- Compressed air consumption
- Inert gas consumption
- Permanent condition monitoring
- Media Consumption monitoring
- Fault and error logging
- Machine status
- Process progress
- Process values
- Machine remote control
- Automation integration
- Production planning
DFT application areas:
Process validation and quality management
The DFT records all relevant depowdering process data and summarizes the values in a protocol file. Critical limits can be set for relevant data so that deviations can be directly displayed and assessed.
The DFT monitors data in the parts, such as residual oxygen, humidity, chamber pressure, compressed air and power consumption, temperature and frequencies. Information on the selected cleaning program is also available. The user can compile data related to the build job in a flexible dialog box. This includes, e.g., the type, batch, customer job and material used so that, in the end, a PDF-format protocol file is created.
Central control in the machinery park and automation integration
All data collected in the Digital-Factory-Tool can be compiled via OPC UA and then integrated into the control center’s digital dashboards. Via the OPC UA interface, the Solukon systems can also be monitored from a central point and, if necessary, controlled remotely. This way, Solukon systems can become part of a fully automated production line.
Maintenance management and condition monitoring
The new sensor system and process monitoring allow users to draw conclusions about the state of individual machine components. When monitoring media usage, deviations such as those in the depowdering process can be determined reliably.
Power consumption / Carbon footprint
From their energy supplier, you find out the value for the CO2 consumption per kilowatt hour of electricity. There is a variable input field for this carbon factor of electricity, as well as the carbon factor of compressed air consumption. With the two values, the DFT calculates the carbon footprint of the depowdering process.
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