A green vision between energy saving and eco-sustainability
Not just speed and accuracy. Energy saving, as well as the possibility of a green approach to molding made the difference in choosing FANUC as a press supplier. In fact, ROBOSHOT uses around 10-15% less energy than comparable electric machines and up to 70% less compared to comparable hydraulic machines, thanks to intelligent energy recovery and FANUC's excellent servo technology.
Decidedly ahead of its time, in 2010, Poloplast began to introduce molding using compostable materials; today, in fact, PLA is one of the most popular materials in the world for the molding of food containers and accessories.
"At Poloplast we see a future in which the resources we use are optimised to the maximum, where the packaging is completely recyclable through the use of recycled materials and renewable resources", adds Poser. "We chose FANUC because together we share these values and goals"
The Venetian company offers its customers over 60 lines of compostable items, and, owing to the versatility of the FANUC presses, it did not have to change anything in the lines, thus being able to take advantage of a quick and easy change in production.
Positive results recorded also in post-sales: “FANUC has always represented a strong point of respect to customers, because it offers a highly qualified and timely assistance service. Specific requests have always been answered within a few hours”.
Easy digitisation with LINKi
Poloplast ensures its customers the best quality of products and service. It is also a company attentive to technological innovations and ready to exploit them to become even more competitive. It was a company need to possess an integrated and connected system, in which machines, people and information systems work together to create smarter and safer products of constant quality.
For this reason, it has adopted LINKi, the software that activates real-time monitoring from remote PCs and smart devices of ROBOSHOT presses, therefore providing access to a series of strategically important information on productivity, quality, traceability and advanced diagnostics for an overall 4.0 key control.
"Thanks to its management interface, we can constantly monitor production and obtain accurate data on the performance of each machine," explains Poser. "We control entirely data relating to energy efficiency, cycle times, speed, alarms, and maintenance performed".
With LINKi, Poloplast can keep the calculation of the performance of production plants under control, aware of details on the production efficiencies and quickly identifying opportunities for growth towards new objectives.
Thanks to the automation of data collection via LINKi, the set-up and start-up times, production times, the progress of the processes, the signaling of alarms and machine stoppages, the production cycles, the active impressions are known and transparent, for a more detailed and always updated programming.
Critical issues can be reported in real time so as to take the necessary corrective actions quickly and promptly, without the need to interrupt production.
Another obvious advantage of using a software to collect data from the presses is that process and search traceability are activated by comparing the molding parameters of the previous productions, without any effort.
Data is collected promptly and accurately, and, with respect to energy, it becomes easy to accurately measure consumption and waste.
The net result leads to the streamlining and standardisation of work processes for operators, with a reduction in time and errors in the start-up phase thanks to the management of mold recipes.
Investment in training
To be truly innovative, however, cutting-edge technologies are not enough: true change always starts with the people. Training, therefore, includes courses organised by Poloplast for its employees on the correct use of machinery and to introduce them to polymers. The Poloplast experience and the ease of use of FANUC solutions means that on the third day of training, employees are already operational. In this sense, the iHMI interface by FANUC, characterised by extreme intuitiveness and ease of use, has a lot to do with this.
“Thanks to the clear display, the operators, even if inexperienced, have the possibility to learn very quickly how the machine operates, and are able to change recipes and load programs even without having had specific training. This reduces staff training time".