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Data Transfer Between Simulation Software and Injection Molding 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 molding machine. This saves a great deal of time between mold development and production and reduces the risk of a delayed production start. 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 bonus of the data transfer between simulation software and injection molding machine: sim link offers the possibility to consider the dynamics of 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, you can use sim link as a data interface to match simulation and measurement data very easily by inserting the measurement data from the injection molding machine directly into the simulation software.

Reduces the duration of the start-up phase

After initial sampling and further sampling, molds usually have to be returned to the moldmaker for reworking. With sim link, you can skip many cost-intensive optimization loops and transfer the set target values in the filling simulation directly to the injection molding machine at the push of a button.

Complete data consistency is ensured

The values determined in the simulation can be imported directly into the machine control of your injection molding machines with the help of sim link. Time-consuming and error-prone manual input of data at the machine is no longer necessary due to the data exchange between simulation software and injection molding machine.

Simplifies collaboration between departments

Various subject matter 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.

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

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

In the context of the Molding Expo, we conducted a case study of sim link together with our partners Borealis and HRS. The starting point was a 3-cavity family mold for door modules, PP material and a duo injection molding machine. The result of the case study was an accelerated production start because the proposed initial settings could be used one-to-one. In addition to a very good prediction of the filling process. Furthermore, simulation and real part filling were excellently correlated.

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How Does the Data Transfer Between Simulation Software and Injection Molding Machine Work?

sim link, as an interface for data exchange between the simulation program and the injection molding 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 set-up data record and used directly on the injection molding machine. The values transferred from the simulation are converted into set-up parameters and checked for use on the injection molding machine. This initial set-up suggestion can be used immediately on the machine and makes a significant contribution to reducing multiple manual adjustments on the machine.

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Simulation and Real Production Combined
Process Optimization Through Data Transfer Between Injection Molding Simulation and Injection Molding 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 optimization 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 are to 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.

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Further Digital Solutions Along the Product Life Cycle

Digitalization means producing more efficiently and utilizing the full potential of your injection molding machines. Our solutions support you along the entire product life cycle of your injection molding production.

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Design

Match simulation and real measurement data and shorten production start-up.

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Sampling

Optimize 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, utilize your 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.

Markus Lettau

Molding Industry Business Advisor

+1 (717) 767 2016

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