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Kistler and Netzsch to showcase their collaboration

A partnership that sets new standards in process monitoring for long-fiber composites.

Kistler, a specialist in dynamic pressure, force, torque and acceleration measurement technology, will share a stand with the Netzsch Group at JEC World 2019. Visitors can see how technologies from the two companies complement each other in plastic composites processing. Both product portfolios will be showcased, and a simulation will show how the combination of information from mold filling and characteristic material values represents a major step towards intelligent part production.

Composite materials are already well established in many sectors: thanks to their special characteristics based on combinations of different materials, they broaden the scope for design and development in application areas such as aerospace and vehicle manufacturing. But in return for these advantages, manufacturers are confronted with increasing complexity in processes such as RTM (Resin Transfer Molding) and electronics overmolding. The challenge now: how to overcome these complexities reliably?

A high-performance system to determine material parameters in the manufacturing process for composites: the DEA288 Ionic by NETZSCH with its unique sensor concept

Quality assurance with an integrated complete system

ComoNeo by Kistler, a process monitoring system for intelligent plastics processing, includes the ComoNeo Composites feature to allow process monitoring for cycles of up to eight hours – which can be required for complex parts with large surface areas. In addition to ComoNeo Composites, ComoNeo also enables direct integration, visualization and analysis of external sensor signals.

Dielectric sensors from  Netzsch are at the forefront of technology when it comes to determining the characteristic values of plastics and fiber-reinforced composites during part manufacturing. Last year, Netzsch added another highlight to its portfolio: the sensor technology for carbon composites that was premiered at JEC World 2018.

Visitors to the stand shared by Netzsch and Kistler can see a live demonstration of how an integrated system solution can significantly enhance process reliability in composites production. To achieve this, dielectric analysis (DEA) signals supplied by Netzsch sensors are integrated directly in ComoNeo. 

Universal plastics processing system: Kistler's ComoNeo 3.0 controls composite production and also processes external sensor signals

“Many of our customers are already using one of these two systems, or even both of them – but without a common interface,” says Dr. Alexander Chaloupka, Manager of the Process Analytics Business Field at  Netzsch. “The dielectric signal provides information about the degree of cross-linking during the curing process, so it is a key indicator of quality for parts made from composite materials. The same is true of cavity pressure as measured by Kistler’s equipment – so these two technologies complement one another excellently.”

Enhanced process reliability, increased throughput

Mold filling and material cross-linking can now be monitored by a complete, coordinated system thanks to the combination of DEA sensor technology from Netzsch and Kistler’s cavity pressure sensor technology.

“There’s no doubt that this moves quality assurance up to a new level,” according to Dr. Robert Vaculik, Head of Kistler’s Strategic Business Field Plastics. “More extensive control of the manufacturing process means that users can increase their throughput rates and continue to make their production more cost-efficient. We’re especially pleased to join forces with  Netzsch, a renowned partner for composites production with ComoNeo. Our shared stand gives us the chance to show the vast range of possibilities that are available. This is another sign that ComoNeo is increasingly becoming the universal system for intelligent plastics processing, and further collaboration partnerships in the future will continue to broaden its scope.”

Customers, trade visitors and others with an interest in this field are cordially invited to stand R20 in in hall 6, where they can take a closer look at the new composites expertise offered by Netzsch and Kistler along with other solutions from the two partners. Of course, our exhibit includes a live presentation of the new complete system for process analysis and optimization in composites production.

Companies: Kistler

Terms: Business

This article has been edited by Basalt.Today
This article has been written on JEC Composites Magazine
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