Kistler at SPS 2022: networking as the key to resource-efficient production

Source: press release, 13 October 2022

jBEAM analysis software and MaDaM, the measurement data management solution, help users to optimise their processes by providing detailed insights into production data and wide-ranging management options
jBEAM analysis software and MaDaM, the measurement data management solution, help users to optimise their processes by providing detailed insights into production data and wide-ranging management options (photo: Kistler)

At the SPS trade fair from November 8 to 10 in Nuremberg (Germany), the Kistler Group will showcase its extensive portfolio of production measurement technology and joining systems for industrial automation. The focus will be on the acquisition and evaluation of critical process data, as well as networking in production. With these technologies, industrial enterprises can use data as the basis for making every single production step more efficient so as to save precious resources. At booth 410 in hall 7A, Kistler will present highlights including electromechanical NC joining systems, the extended maXYmos process monitoring system, and the new 9132CD SlimLine sensor.

Manufacturers who aim to meet increasing market requirements for speed, quality and resource efficiency need to optimise the sustainability of their production processes. To achieve this, they need a sound and substantiated basis of data. However: measurement and test data only contribute to improvements if manufacturers fully network their machines, and if they can store, analyse and evaluate the collected data – regardless of distances in time or space. This is why Kistler’s offering at the SPS trade fair features solution packages ranging from individual sensors and software to analysis and management of measurement data, and even comprehensive complete solutions backed up by personal advisory support.

Resource efficiency in production: electromechanical joining systems
Kistler will showcase electromechanical joining modules in the NC series at its fair booth: with the help of high-precision measurement data, users are able to control and optimise their production processes, and they can also minimise scrap. At the same time, these highly efficient joining systems reduce energy consumption: as compared to conventional hydraulic and pneumatic systems, they require up to 90% less energy – and that’s a proven fact. This enables manufacturers in the automotive or medtech sectors and many other industries to substantially reduce their carbon footprint. Experts from Kistler’s Joining Competence Center are on hand to help them achieve these goals. Working in close harmony, this networked team of specialists in multiple disciplines supports users in every phase – including preliminary tests, evaluation and optimisation of joining processes, service agreements, and training.

Visitors can go on to discover the advantages of the new and compact NCFE 2/5 joining module by witnessing a live demonstration: with spacing of a mere 80 millimetres and small measuring ranges of 2 kN and 5 kN, this module is especially suitable for processes that are simple but cost-sensitive. Users also benefit from the interfaces provided throughout the NC family with the maXYmos NC monitoring system. These allow straightforward integration of the module in process environments.

Process monitoring and optimisation: new firmware versions of maXYmos NC and TL
The maXYmos process monitoring system provides real-time information about force signals in relation to displacement information, so users can monitor and evaluate the quality of individual process steps. The newly available OPC UA interface opens up extensive access to device and measurement data, thus simplifying centralised data management. Thanks to the system’s flexible architecture, it is easy for users to store and analyse the acquired data at the same time. Another benefit: enhanced transparency, reliability and safety thanks to the extended audit trail function included in all maXYmos systems. What’s more: with the new version 1.8, maXYmos NC can not only configure two sensors, the servo and an external displacement sensor for channel X – but also visualise them in one single view (known as the “second curve”).

Precise data in challenging applications: the 9132CD force sensor
Kistler will be demonstrating the new 9132CD piezoelectric force sensor in a drop tower experiment. With sensitivity of 35 pC/N, this compact sensor is nine times more sensitive than comparable slimline sensors. Thanks to the piezoelectric material developed by Kistler, the sensor responds rapidly and can measure even the smallest highly dynamic force changes across a wide measuring range. High resolution throughout the measuring range and overload capacity allow use of the 9132CD in challenging applications involving small forces and high cycle rates – examples include semiconductor and 3C applications.

From development to production: data management all along the line
Kistler’s booth at the SPS will also highlight solutions for collecting, managing and evaluating measurement data – using the example of Smart Single Stations: these modular assembly and test systems help users to execute process steps with high precision, and to verify product quality. This turnkey system makes the collected data available in Kistler’s jBEAM analysis software for detailed visualisation and evaluation. The benefits: users can boost the quality of their products and processes, cut production costs and conserve resources at the same time. To ensure the long-term availability of data, users can store it in the MaDaM software solution developed specifically for measurement data management; they can then search the data and compare it with data from other test stands in their company – no matter where they are located.