Techspan Group reports – the new CC 300 control unit from ENGEL – sets a new trend
A totally new control solution that still looks familiar at a first glance. “Devices like our smartphones, which we use every day, acted as the role models for developing the user interface,” reports Dr. Peter Neumann (CEO Engel Austria). “At the same time, the central control element, e-move, helps us give a feel for the machine back to the operators. With this unique combination, the CC 300 sets a new trend for the entire industry.”
As process integration and automation increases, the complexity of the production process rises, and this poses increasingly tough challenges for control technology. The more intuitive and convenient the control unit is, the more safely and efficiently the production system can work. “The control unit has become an important factor of efficiency in integrated and automated system solutions,” says Peter Neumann.
Functions – customised and focused
The new CC 300 control unit allows injection moulding machines and manufacturing cells to be controlled according to tasks such as mould changing, or according to functions such as injecting. The information displayed concentrates on the essential.
The new central operating element (control wheel) which, provides millimetre-precise accuracy and speed-sensitive control for movements, is called ‘e-move’. The clearly defined functions increase safety levels when sensitive movements are made and significantly reduce the risk of operation error. Simply pressing the intelligent operation button is enough to start the machine and to initiate various movement sequences. “With ‘e-move’ we are able to fulfil our customers’ wish of making it easier and easier to control injection moulding processes without reducing efficiency or safety levels. It has taken ‘one-button-control’ for injection moulding machines from being a vision to being reality”, says Gerhard Dimmler, Head of Product Research and Development at ENGEL AUSTRIA.
The complete integration of ENGEL viper linear robots and ENGEL easix multi-axis robots, which ENGEL will continue to use with all the products in its new generation of control units, also contributes to this. The entire manufacturing cell can be controlled and monitored centrally from the injection moulding machine’s control panel. The CC 300 therefore offers efficiency-optimised interaction between the injection moulding machine and automation, reduces cycle times, and by doing this plays a crucial role in maximising competitiveness.
Ergonomics – individualised with higher safety levels
Seeing, feeling and adapting are key factors as far as ergonomic improvements are concerned on the new CC 300 controller. The new 21″ full HD display, for example, is easier to read and also offers simpler and user-friendlier navigation.
The information and layout of the different screen pages can be adapted to suit the user’s individual needs, and touch elements can be assigned different functions. The control panel automatically switches to the position which is best ergonomically suited for the individual operator when they log on.
Latest technologies – robust, fast and user-friendly
Thanks to capacitive touch technologies, the new CC 300 machine control unit can be operated as easily as a smartphone and is also just as quick to respond. Safety glass gives it a surface which remains robust and insensitive to dirt even in unfavourable environments.
The increasing degree of process integration and automation is constantly presenting plastics processors with new challenges. Acquiring ENGEL’s new CC 300 control unit will ensure that they are as well equipped as possible for the future and able to program, activate and monitor complex processes easily with outstanding precision and safety.