What make a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) so valuable?
I recently attended a successful Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the electromechanical ADE actuators that we supply during the renovation of the...
Date: 2 June 2015
Every company has its specialties and qualities. I got to experience this too at the high-tech company IGS GeboJagema, which has a large number of highly educated and skilled precision engineers. They excel in the design and manufacture of high precision injection molds. Our partnership with IGS GeboJagema is a great example of a partnership between two companies that complement each other, each with their own specialty: IGS in precision engineering and Mijnsbergen in motion control and drive components and systems.
For me it is a challenge in every project to gain a clear insight in what exactly are the customer's needs. With the IGS project the key priorities were flexibility in settings and control over the process. When those needs are clearly defined, it's my biggest challenge how to realize a constructive contribution to the manageability and reliability of the process. The added value for IGS of the cooperation with Mijnsbergen is readily apparent, as we not only supply the components, but also provide the complete solution. We approach cooperation as a partnership where we present a total package of "unburdening".
We have previously supplied IAI electric actuators to IGS for a prototype with a motion between fixed positions and with fixed speed. Now IGS required a complete motion control system with control cabinet and touch screen control panel, which enables multiple options. We have implemented with the development of the display and designing and assembling the control cabinet. IGS can flexibly adjust everything via the control panel IGS, so that they can configure the process all the way to suit their needs.
Companies may be reluctant to outsource a design and development of a complete system by a third party. Often because they expect high costs. Our experience teaches that the customer ultimately saves time and money, by entering into cooperation. Where customers often have to build up the experience with motion control and / or control systems, we can draw on our many years of accumulated experience. We have good designing software at our disposal, we can design and develop the control cabinet and make a risk assessment. Ultimately this saves many revisions and adjustments during the project due to inexperience. This may not be foreseen prior or at the start of the project, but will become evident afterwards when all the extra hours and resources for solving unexpected problems are included.
I/O communication is very important for the connection between the motion control system and the injection molding machine. In the control cabinet we have made for IGS, a safety circuit is included for emergency stop buttons and door switches. Additionally the Trio motion controller controls up to four drives, which each control one actuator. We have built the connection between the control cabinet and the machine to customer specifications according to the Euromap 67 standard (the standard for injection molding machines).
Our experience in the past 15 years is that customers can safely put the responsibility for the motion part of a system with us, so they can concentrate to what they excell in. Resulting in a collaboration between two specialists, with great money and time savings.
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