FAGOR Zero-Defects Manufacturing Digital Press Machine

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FAGOR ARRASATE as a leading manufacturer of forming machines it is obliged to proactive participate in projects like QU4LITY and led solutions to the customers to improve the availability, performance and quality of their installations and get an optimum cost per part ratio.

FAGOR ARRASATE has a long experience in delivering press machines as well as providing the building blocks of such lines. A press machine is the product par excellence of FAGOR ARRASATE. A typical press machine is composed by two rigid platforms (head and base), a bed, a ram, and a mechanism as well as all the other surrounding components that guarantee the full automation and process control.

Historically, machine tool manufacturers have not had any information of the machine behaviour once they were working at the customer facilities. Maintenance actions by the machine tool supplier, where mainly started by a customer’s call and where mainly related to corrective actions, once the failure had already happened.

Currently many condition issues on the machine are detected afterwards, they appear when a quality matter is detected on the forming parts or a machine component is damaged, causing even machine stoppage.  These problems are fixed by machine adjustment or changing programs or forming process parameters.

Consequently, the only way to avoid future problems is by preventive maintenance or machine adjustment actions. These are carried out either by the machine owner itself or external services which are sometimes delivered by FAGOR ARRASATE.

In QUALITY project, FAGOR ARRASATE will equip a press machine with a SMART CONNECT technology that provides data from the machine, to the owner and to the machine supplier. Within the context of Zero-Defect Manufacturing, FAGOR ARRASATE will develops Smart solutions that will anticipate and avoid failures, reduce downtimes and assure quality.

It has a great complexity from the point of view of the acquisition, measurement and transmission of the parameters and variables. The result that would be obtained from the QU4LITY project, would allow the customers of FAGOR ARRASATE to have total control of a zero defects manufacturing process at machine level and to know at any time how and under which conditions all the parts have been manufactured.