14 October 2019

Plastics industry, TIA Portal, and standardization in automation – does it fit together?

More speed, more productivity, and more flexibility from engineering all the way to ongoing production: innovative simulation tools, seamlessly integrated engineering, and transparent plant operation interact perfectly in TIA Portal. That’s part of the TIA Portal claim. I was curious about what’s behind this in real life and I’m happy to talk with one of hundreds of Application Engineers who are supporting customized Siemens’ solutions: Lars Fischer, Application Engineer for Plastics Production Machines.

Lars, I’m happy to have you here. Plastics industry, TIA Portal, standardization … Does it fit together?

Lars Lars

For sure! We create and support software library blocks for plastic machines. That means: extrusion, blow molding, injection molding or thermoforming machines. Our motivation is to have the right solution for every requirement.

Sounds interesting! It seems to fulfill our promise of common benefits using TIA Portal. Please tell me more.

Lars Lars

The modular software library for plastics machines from Siemens is the basis for the latest generation of our customers machines. One of the benefits of the plastic library is its modularity and flexibility. This enables us to tailor customer requirements and shorten commissioning times. Due to the many years of experience of our application centers, and the multiple use by customers, the plastic library is highly performant and reliable. As a result, the customers can take the software blocks and configure their needs.

Ok. And what does the library contain?

Lars Lars

Five software blocks: Temperature Control Package (TCP), Drive Package (DRV), Motion Control (MOT), Parison Control (PCO) and Automatic Cycle (ACL).

The TCP temperature control package ensures high-precision temperature control and is optimized to meet the requirements of the plastics industry. It delivers outstanding control quality for heating and cooling processes in extrusion, injection molding, blow molding and thermoforming.

Any number of extruders as well as inject molding, blow molding and thermoforming machines can be driven and controlled using the DRV (drive) software block. The Motion Control software block (MOT) provides technology based motion control functions, thus enabling high precision, axis specific positioning of electrical and hydraulic axes, including those with synchronous operation functionality.

The PCO software block implements the parison control technology required for wall thickness control. It is used in blow molding machines for precise control of the required tubular profile.

A block for flexible sequence control (ACL) of cyclic processes that goes beyond the basic functionality of the software blocks and standard applications already implemented.

Wow! Lars, Thank you! Where is the place to be for customers in plastics industries for more discussions and to get insides about the Plastics Software Library?

Lars Lars

You’re welcome Stefan! You can meet me at #K-show 2019 from 16th to 23rd October in Düsseldorf, hall 10, booth A40.

Lars Fischer, Application Engineer for Plastics Production Machines – Siemens @K-show 2019: Efficient Engineering (with Plastics Software Library)

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