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Marposs In-Process Monitoring for Stamping, Forming Improves Performance, Downtime

Control machine performance by detecting manufacturing faults as well as part or tool variations

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 13:00

(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement and process monitoring technologies, has announced the availability of its Brankamp X7 “smart” in-process monitoring systems for cold- and hot-forming, thread rolling and stamping operations.

The X7 system’s artificial intelligence capability enables quick machine monitoring set up and provides an effective way to control machine performance by detecting manufacturing faults as well as part or tool variations. This enables manufacturers to optimize machine efficiency, improve part quality, and limit unplanned downtime and tooling costs.

With the X7 process-integrated monitoring solution, manufacturers can streamline set up and reduce rework, thereby providing increased capacity for additional orders without having to invest in additional presses.

The X7 is operated via a 15-in. touchscreen with 30 channels capable of monitoring maximum forces, envelope curves and trend progressions, as well as run times, set-up times and downtime, or sensitive process areas such as distorted parts or a missed feed.

How the X7 works

Depending on the application, sensors are placed either on the machine, in the tooling, or in the dies, connecting the press to a Brankamp X7 unit. This enables users to see at a glance if their machines are running, if their operational equipment efficiency is where it needs to be, and what exactly is happening at the machine.

The sensors convert energy into electrical signals that monitor tool and machine performances related to the forces applied. Using an adaptive pattern recognition process, the system learns the correct sensor signal profile for a given cycle. If the signals match the learned curve, the process is continuously observed, recording data for supervision of production, batch size, run-time behavior, and process trend. If the signal moves outside of the recognized envelope curve, the system informs the operator of the specific type, cause, and location of the event. If necessary, the system also triggers emergency-stop switching.

Remote knowledge sharing

Enabled by the Brankamp FactoryNet 4.0 capability, machine information gleaned from the X7 unit can be passed on directly by the operator to other stakeholders by means of intelligent online communication. Plus, the operator can filter the information, presetting it individually as desired so that each employee receives only the relevant data they need out of the multitude of production process data available. Displayed directly on screen using a push procedure, the operator gets a real-time overview of the current production status and is able send information by text message or e-mail to any number of people via a mobile number or email address.

Complete information about Marposs solutions for forming and stamping applications can be found at www.marposs.com or www.brankamp.com, or by contacting Marposs Corp. at (248) 370-0404, or marposs@us.marposs.com.

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Top: The Marposs X7 ‘smart’ in-process monitoring system from Brankamp help manufacturers optimize machine efficiency and reduce unplanned downtime.

Bottom: Marposs monitoring systems have the ability to detect the slightest punch left on a die, helping avoid needless scrapped parts.

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Marposs supplies precision gauging equipment to industries worldwide for measuring to the thousandth of a millimeter in the workshop environment, production lines, and on board machine tools. Main customers are machine tool manufacturers, automotive and their subcontractors, aerospace, bearings, glass, electrical motors, appliances, consumer durables industries, and gauge and fixture makers. Marposs supplies individual gauging components, turnkey machines, or fully automated lines. Headquartered in Bentivoglio, Italy, Marposs’ U.S. office is in Auburn Hills, Michigan.