Industrial Control SIGMATEK
HAGE3D relies on the Austrian company Sigmatek to control the entire system. This develops and produces innovative, reliable and economical automation system solutions. The core competence of Sigmatek is the fast, precise control and regulation of industrial machines. As HAGE3D’s industrial systems rely on very high process stability, Sigmatek proves to be a perfect partner. With the aid of the industrial control, high-precision manufacturing processes such as the melting of technical as well as high-performance plastics can be guaranteed. Since these materials have melting temperatures between 300° C and 450° C, this offers the customer as well as the in-house production the unique opportunity to realize long-term prints and complete them successfully.
POSITIONING ACCURACIES UP TO 0.1 MM
Based on Sigmatek’s built-in industrial control system, HAGE3D systems are able to guarantee positioning accuracies of up to 0.1 mm, measured in the x and y directions, with component sizes of 700 x 500 x 400 mm (HAGE3D 140L installation space). Furthermore, due to the closed-loop stepper motor technology, a significantly higher production quality is ensured. The combination of both components guarantees the customer the required process stability as well as process accuracy. The goal is to combine the capabilities of Sigmatek systems with the strengths of HAGE3D’s systems to maximize benefits for the customer. A concrete example is the multiprocessor architecture, in which subtasks are distributed among the various system components. Another example is the operation of the plant systems. An intelligent control panel ETT 732 with 7 “Dualtouch TFT color display is used on this powerful EDGE2 technology processor to run essential parts of the overall automation. Among other things, this also has the task of relieving the machine-level control due to the intelligent internal distribution of tasks. In addition, the customer has the option of adapting previously defined process parameters, such as the material flow, the different temperatures used, and the distance from the hot-end to the build platform during the manufacturing process, as part of “on-the-flight” process monitoring.