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Image shows injection moulding simulation software from Autodesk Moldflow in use

Data Transfer Between Simulation Software and Injection Moulding Machine

ENGEL sim link Combines Simulation and Real Production

The two-way interface sim link enables data exchange between the simulation software and the injection moulding machine. This saves numerous iteration loops between mould development and production and the risk of a delayed production start is reduced. In addition, you reduce the sampling time to an absolute minimum.

The Advantages of sim link at a Glance
Increases the quality of the simulation

The big plus of the data transfer between the simulation software and the injection moulding machine: sim link offers the possibility to consider the dynamics of exactly the machine selected for production. This allows you to decisively improve the quality of the simulation and adapt it to the real conditions on the machine. In addition, with sim link as a data interface, you can very easily compare simulation and measurement data by inserting the measurement data from the injection moulding machine directly into the simulation software.

Reduces the duration of the start-up phase

Moulds usually have to be returned to the mouldmaker for reworking after initial as wells as further sampling. With sim link, you can skip many of these cost-intensive optimisation loops and transfer the set target values in the filling simulation directly to the injection moulding machine at the touch of a button.

Complete data consistency is ensured

The simulation values can be imported directly into the machine control of our injection moulding machines via the sim link software. A time-consuming and error-prone manual input of data at the machine is no longer necessary due to the data exchange between the simulation software and the injection moulding machine.

Simplifies cooperation between departments

Various technical experts are involved in the product development process. The simulation engineer is a specialist for filling the cavity(ies), the process engineer for machine settings. sim link simplifies the collaboration between simulation and production staff.

Picture shows Head of Process Technologies & Digital Solutions at ENGEL Austria

With ENGEL sim link, we close the gap between the digital twin of the mould and the real injection moulding process. This allows you to significantly reduce iteration loops in the sampling process. The know-how gained from simulation can be used simply and systematically during process adjustment.

Johannes Kilian, Head of Process Technologies & Digital Solutions at ENGEL Austria
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sim link In use

Case Study on Data Transfer Between Simulation and Production with HRS and Borealis

As part of the Moulding Expo, we conducted a case study of sim link together with our partners Borealis and HRS. The starting point was a 3-cavity family mould for door modules, PP material and a duo injection moulding machine. The result of the case study was an accelerated production start since the initial setting suggestion could be used one-to-one. In addition to a very good prediction of the filling process. Furthermore, the study showed that simulation and real partial filling correlated excellently.

Image shows architecture of data transmission between simulation software and injection moulding machine
How Does the Data Transfer Between the Simulation Software and the Injection Moulding Machine Work?

sim link, as an interface for data exchange between the simulation program and the injection moulding machine, works with the simulation programs Cadmould from Simcon and Moldflow from Autodesk. The parameters determined during the filling simulation can be transferred to a settings record and used directly by the injection moulding machine. The values transferred from the simulation are converted into setting parameters and checked for use on the injection moulding machine. This initial setting suggestion can be used immediately on the machine. Hence it contributes significantly to reducing optimisation iterations on the machine.

Image shows simulation software Autodesk Moldflow
Simulation and Real Production Combined
Process Optimisation Through Data Transfer Between Injection Moulding Simulation and Injection Moulding Machine

The aim of sim link is to link simulation and the real process to better support plastics processors throughout the entire product life cycle. Process optimisation in production is achieved by data reconciliation.

Digital Solutions Explained Easily

Plastics processors are under ever-increasing pressure to ensure consistently high product quality. Faulty tools should be rejected as quickly as possible. At the same time, plant operation must be energy efficient. Paul Kapeller, Head of Product Management for Digital Solutions, shows how you can master all these challenges.

Video shows explanation of ENGEL's digital solutions
Further Digital Solutions Along the Product Life Cycle

Digitalisation means producing more efficiently and exploiting the full potential of your injection moulding plant. Our solutions support you along the entire product life cycle of your injection moulding production.

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Design

Match simulation and real measurement data and shorten the start-up phase.

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Sampling

Optimise the typical preparations for sampling and start series production faster.

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Production

With intuitive software solutions, you have your production in view, exploit all potential and support your employees.

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Maintenance & Service

Worldwide rapid on-site and online support from our service experts for high-performance production.

Christopher Stafford

Sales Operations Manager

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