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DIEFFENBACHER focuses on digitalization and sustainability

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Complete composites plants manufacturer presents solutions focused on two megatrends at JEC World 2022

The JEC World 2022 will be held in Paris May 3 to 5. Composites manufacturers committed to plant digitalization and sustainable operations will want to learn about advanced solutions from German machine and plant manufacturer DIEFFENBACHER in hall 5 at booth R42. 

DIEFFENABCHER will showcase its new digitalization platform EVORIS. Based on standardized interfaces that collect and process machine data, EVORIS gives composites manufacturers more insight into their production and processes. AI-supported analysis of live data is just one way that EVORIS helps plant operators better understand and control their plants and make important decisions faster. 

EVORIS is an open and browser-based system. With its modular app structure, EVORIS is easily extendable and updateable. “EVORIS apps use a modern, intuitive interface and can be securely operated from any mobile or desktop device within a plant’s network,” says Marco Hahn, Director Sales of the Forming Business Unit at DIEFFENBACHER.

EVORIS collects and processes all plant data at a central point. The EVORIS apps are fed relevant data to provide manufacturers with deep insights into their production processes via powerful trending tools and various reporting possibilities. “For example, manufacturers can use the Curve Analysis app to see complex relationships in the production process,” explains Hahn. “Customers also appreciate the Anomaly Detection app, which uses artificial intelligence to immediately detect deviations from automatically defined target values for important plant parameters. This enables plant operators to react quickly to anomalies and prevent potential errors, thereby maximizing plant availability.”

In addition to EVORIS, DIEFFENBACHER’s solutions for increased sustainability will be on display at JEC World 2022. DIEFFENBACHER short-stroke presses, for example, are designed for minimum energy consumption. “They close with small cylinders until just before the position where forming takes place. Thereafter, large cylinders act with the corresponding press force. This makes it possible to reduce the oil volume by 88% compared with conventional concepts,” explains Hahn. DIEFFENBACHER’s adaptive accumulator management also optimizes energy consumption by automatically determining during the first press strokes the exact energy required for forming. For subsequent production cycles, the hydraulic drive accumulator is charged only to the corresponding required pressure level.

With its Fiberforge tape laying system and fully automatic sheet molding compound (SMC) cutting and packaging system, DIEFFENBACHER offers two solutions that significantly reduce material consumption in the production of carbon and SMC components. “Our customers achieve high material savings using Fiberforge instead of organo sheets. In one sample application, we achieved just 6.7% waste with the Fiberforge, while with the organo sheet there was more than 50% waste,” says Hahn. Additionally, the intelligent nesting control of the DIEFFENBACHER SMC cutting and packaging system determines the cutting pattern in accordance with the desired lay pattern and optimizes material use.

Together with the Fibercon consolidation system, Fiberforge forms the Tailored Blank Line, which rounds off DIEFFENBACHER’s JEC World 2022 presence. “Our customers from the sports and leisure industries rely on the Tailored Blank Line to produce, for example, carbon-fiber-reinforced lightweight bicycle components such as frames and rims as well as safety equipment like helmets and protectors of the highest quality,” Hahn concludes.