THE DIGITAL MACHINE ACCEPTANCE
Even in this challenging time of the corona crisis DESMA never stands still. In order to continue to be with our customers and to offer the best possible service, DESMA has launched a new product: The digital machine acceptance - also good for optimization and offers best resource saving!
SARS-CoV2 l Information to our business partners
Dear business partners, dear business friends
In the current situation, we are all faced with extreme challenges in all aspects of our lives. The things of our everyday life that we have taken for granted so far are new gaining a new importance weighting.
In order to meet our entrepreneurial and social responsibility to the maximum possible extent under the circumstances given and to keep the reins of action as much as possible in our hands, we decided to take the following actions - exceeding the options for actions carefully chosen on Feb 26 and March 12 - concerning our locations in Germany and Slovakia for the time being:
- For the well-being of our staff and thus for your well-being, we are reducing our production capacities starting today to an emergency operation until April 17 in order to then reassess the situation.
- Similarly, we postpone the delivery of orders in close coordination with the customers affected by this, unless these orders are clearly of system and supply-relevant importance, e.g. in the medical and pharmaceutical industry or the infrastructure sector.
- The supply of spare parts is not affected by the emergency operation, as far as the pre-supply situation, which is currently becoming increasingly sluggish due to the logistical challenges, or the availability of our employees, allows it.
- Our service technicians and hotline service staff are 'remotely' available by telephone and web service. For the time being, no service assignments will be carried out at your premises.
- All service technicians who are currently still in the field in non-risk areas to install equipment will be withdrawn from the field starting today. We will work with your production and maintenance teams to hand over the equipment in a mutually acceptable state considering the current circumstances. In doing so, we will also try to establish conditions that allow you to work independently and/or with our hotline support.
- The staff of our project and application technology service is also 'remotely' available via the contacts you know.
- The same applies, of course, to the contact persons you know from the design and sales departments.
- We will give our locations in China and India our unrestricted support in their operations, which are currently running (again) at full capacity, but we will also take a critical look at the local development.
- We are trying to maintain the US operations under the regionally varying conditions of emergency legislation and in the interests of the health of our employees, as far as this is justifiable.
- We see our business activities under the aspect of force majeure and the far-reaching official instructions that have already been issued or are expected to be issued, which will certainly differ from region to region.
- We will inform you again on April 16 by another letter regarding the situation and delivery capacities. Of course we will of course remain in touch with you bilaterally and on a daily basis.
However, we would also like to invite you to continue networking with other industry partners and us via the SmartConnect4U ecosystem during these challenging times, in order to exchange information in a targeted manner, to boost project work and to shape the future! After your registration, we will go live with the currently announced functionalities for the most part and no later than March 30. Please register now at https://ecosystem.smartconnect4u.biz/en/
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of us - but especially those of you who have already been severely affected by the current strokes of fate - to continue to have the strength and perseverance that we will all ultimately and abundantly need to deal with this difficult situation for the benefit of all. At the same time, however, we wish you the courage, confidence and optimism to think about the future and to continue to shape it with perspectives.
Stay well-disposed to us and - above all – healthy!
With best regards from the entire DESMA team
Martin Schürmann Dr. Harald Zebedin
STAY HEALTHY! #flattenthecurve
The incidents are overturning and it can be assumed that, in addition to the closure of the federal borders, there will be further significant restrictions on public life. In view of the threatening situation caused by the COVID-19 virus, we agree with the generally valid recommendations and strengthed our efforts to flatten the curve as of March 12th.
We appeal to the solidarity and sense of responsibility of each individual to contribute everything in our possibilities to slow down the spread and thereby protect not only our employees - especially the risk groups - but also you, of course!
The following measures have been initiated in the last few days:
- Dispensers with disinfectants against bacteria and viruses have been placed at various positions in the company. These are to be used by the employees on site for at least 30 seconds after the previous hand washing.
- The high-frequency contact surfaces, such as door handles, staircases and operating buttons are cleaned several times a day with a specific cleaning agent.
- Employees who have a mobile computer device or similar for work purposes will stay in the home office for protection.
- Internal meetings are held via video chat. If personal face-to-face meetings are required, high open spaces should be selected and limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.
- Until further notice, we will not hold personal meetings with our business partners. All pending issues can be discussed by telephone, e-mail or video conference.
- All business trips will be avoided until further notice.
- Our employees are requested not to use public transport any more. It is important to keep a distance!
Please all handle the situation with responsibility so that we can soon return to normal business life.
Take care of yourself. And take care of other people! Our health comes first. Stay healthy!
This month Philipp has finished his apprenticeship as a toolmaker - with full success! Congratulations, Philipp! We are pleased that you will continue to support us as a young skilled worker in the production.
WE THINK AHEAD
Globalization, climate change, digitalization, new mobility, demographic change - these are all developments that shape our company and processes. How we deal with the megatrends and how we define our values with them is shown in this video:
HELLO, MY NAME IS...
My name is Kevin, trainee as Technical Product Designer, and at DESMA I have already gained various insights in the different departments during the first months.
Whether designing a miniature machine, assisting in assembly or even drilling in the educational center, in all cases I learnt skills that enable me to start my career. In the future I would like to continue to gain experience in order to expand the skills for my apprenticeship.
MY VISIT TO DESMA INDIA
My name is Sandra Zimmermann and I'm working at DESMA in the machine and spare parts dispatch. As key user I was allowed to travel to our plant in India to support our colleagues in their big project, the introduction of SAP S/4HANA, in the sales process.
It was a special experience for me to see our plant and processes live. I also had the opportunity to get to know the Indian DESMA culture. Every day our colleagues keep calm and give 110 % in the implementation of the project.
The cooperation and support between the plants I enjoyed very much. I am happy to be part of the project and DESMA team.
HELLO, MY NAME IS...
Hello, my name is Stefan Braun and I successfully completed my dual business informatics studies in September 2019 in cooperation with DESMA.
The dual studies were structured that I spent several months studying theory and practice alternately. In the theory phases I attended the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Villingen-Schwenningen and learned the basics of business administration as well as applied computer science. I was able to apply my theoretical knowledge in the practical phases. Here I was employed in the IT department of DESMA in Fridingen. After a brief introduction to the IT systems and processes in the company, I was allowed to work on IT projects and work on system administration tasks.
The highlight of my studies was a stay abroad in the USA for several weeks. There I worked on an IT project at our subsidiary and I had the opportunity to learn something about the American culture. After my studies I continue to work on interesting tasks in the IT department.
SALES TEAM CHINA
Our Wuxi sales team gaining momentum: Tough times don‘t last. Tough teams do.......perfectly gain additional customer and market potentials.
K 2019 - THANK YOU!
DEAR BUSINESS PARTNERS,
First of all our sincere thanks for the time and attention you devoted to us during your visit to the K fair. We highly appreciated your visit in particular because of our dual trade fair concept ‚ENTER NEW SPACES‘ and the efforts involved for you!
As a memory of your stay please also refer to our fair movie and the photo gallery that reflect the highlights you have seen and the atmosphere of our event. Additionally, you may also find a summary of all aspects of our showcased value and service offer in our RECORDS 2019 already handed over to you in Düsseldorf.
Not just because of our dual trade fair concept, the K2019 has been something exceptional for us, but it was also marked by the starting signal that we embarked for you on developing into a mechanical engineering service provider integrating itself into the business processes of our business partners. - Some answers to the question as to how this shall work you will find when getting to know our SmartConnect4.U Ecosystem to the free access of which you may also subscribe directly without obligation.
However, it is of special concern to us to learn how you perceive us, what feedback you would like to give us and where we should and must improve for you. For this purpose, we would be pleased if you could take 10 minutes to participate in our survey, unless you have already done it during the K.
We look forward to seeing you again at our Open House at the latest, which will take place next year again simultaneously with the FAKUMA in Friedrichshafen at a date within the period of 13-17 October 2020 still to be defined for you. We should be very glad if you could block this period already in your calendar.
Thank you very much for your attention!
On behalf of the DESMA team
Martin Schürmann Harald Schmid
DESMA HIGHLIGHTS INDUSTRY 4.0 IN A HISTORIC STEEL MILL
On the eve of the K Trade Fair, DESMA opened this year's dual trade fair appearance under the motto "Enter New Spaces" in the “Glühofenhalle”, the forge hall, in the Böhler area.
This time, DESMA presented its services with a new dual trade fair concept at K 2019. Customers signed up in hall 16 at booth F56. In small groups, visitors were taken to an exclusive venue by shuttle bus - a former steel mill in the west of Düsseldorf - where they were welcomed in a cool lounge. On 400 m², the company had built up an entire machine park. In the spacious hall, visitors experienced individual presentations of DESMA technology live. DESMA experts demonstrated the systems and explained the technical details.
On 15 October, DESMA invited the press and VIPs to the opening. In his speech, DESMA Managing Director Dr. Harald Zebedin explained the complex challenges facing the company. Uncertainty is the new megatrend. The automotive industry and world trade are undergoing a radical change and DESMA is also feeling the effects. Nevertheless, the targets set out remain achievable. By 2022, a market share of 50 per cent or about € 180 million in sales is sought to be achieved, DESMA wants to gain at least 50 new customers per year and generate sales of € 50 million in the business of customer service, spare parts, rebuilds and mould making.
Sales Director Harald Schmid explained: “DESMA is a hidden champion, that is an unknown global market leader.” He said it was on its way to becoming a mechanical engineering service provider that integrates itself into the processes of its business partners. This reorientation is supported by the SmartConnect4.U Eco System presented at the K for the first time.
Necessary changes in uncertain times
Dr. Stefan Loheide, Head of Research and Development at BOGE Elastmetall GmbH, gave a comprehensive overview of the economic factors of influence in his presentation on the trends in automotive development. The economic focus is shifting towards the East, resources are becoming scarcer and new mobility solutions are urgently needed, but it is not yet clear what they will look like. The future has become more confusing and this creates uncertainty. BOGE faces its challenges with a consistent change strategy. Applied to the development department of an automotive supplier, this does not only mean managing the existing business optimally, but also initiating a regulated process for improvement and innovation at the same time. This makes it easier to react flexibly to changing conditions.
Experience technology first hand
The particular focus of the systems on show was on making production more flexible, for example by converting systems at short notice. One exhibit was a D 968.250 ZO Benchmark 750 S3 with FlexCell. It was impressive to see how quickly the DESMA technicians on site disconnect the FlexCell automation cell from the machine in just a few simple steps and how easily the 3-ton cell was then be manoeuvred on an air cushion. In less than three minutes it was reconnected - again ready for operation. The system produced a moulded rubber article with an overmoulded SmartIdent RFID chip - for the first time.
Another D 968.250 ZO BENCHMARK 750 S3 with QuickLock quick clamping system was also installed in the Glühofen hall. This machine is the first to produce moulded rubber articles with overmoulded SmartIdent RFID chips. The mould is changed in just a few minutes. The mould clamping is ensured even in the event of a power failure or a complete drop in hydraulic pressure. A mould change with a hot mould was presented live.
Aside from that, the focus of the machines on show was on efficiency and performance. In addition to a number of other features, a 969.300 SEALMASTER S3 was equipped with a hydraulic PerformanceKit. This significantly improves all movements of the mould carrier and the hydraulic core lifters. As a result, cycle times are reduced by 2.5 to 5 seconds, depending on the motion sequence.
The fourth system on display, a D 969.100 Z S3 with FIFO-C high-pressure injection unit and PartnerFlexcell, is an example of efficient small series production. The swing-out extruder unit facilitates a quick change of the mould or compound, made possible by the FIFO-C injection system with 100 cm³, 2,450 bar with integrated PlastControl. If required, the plasticising screw can be very quickly removed for inspection or cleaning. In HTV silicone applications, the new Cartridge+ plug unit allows the material to be changed easily and largely without losses.
This system was presented with a PartnerFlexCell, which was equipped with a collaborating six-axis robot system and offered a new CE-compliant safety concept as well as three-dimensional scanner protection. This enables robots, machine and people to work together without mechanical safety guards. Besides, the design of the PartnerFlexCell allows its easy transfer to other machines. Thus, either pure machine operation or plant operation is possible by switching over. This machine also used a ZeroWaste ITM system with a mould for the production of small rubber-metal articles. The metal parts are fed into the mould by the robot.
DESMA MAKES THE FUTURE EFFICIENT
At K 2019, DESMA will show how the latest machine technology combined with individual service offerings can simplify production.
DESMA was one of the first engineering companies to develop concrete solutions in the field of networked production - industry 4.0. In the meantime, a variety of megatrends have added their influence. Demographic change, increasing digitisation, increasingly scarce raw materials and, last but not least, ever accelerating climate change are challenges that can be met with the right products. In order to cope with this increasing complexity, DESMA has set out to become a machine building service provider that integrates into its business partners’ processes. To that end, DESMA has launched the initiative #desmatters - see also www.desmatters.biz.
In addition to the machine, DESMA offers its customers a value proposition and range of services aimed at increasing their competitiveness.
A crucial requirement is the maximum transparency and reproducibility of the production processes. These are created by the digital tools of the SmartConnect 4.U product family, automation and process expertise, a comprehensive service offer and the DESMA eco-system for the integration of business processes, the SmartConnect 4.U platform solution.
At K 2019, DESMA will be creating a space on its 400 sqm stand where customers can experience the range of services they offer. In addition, the Fridingers have come up with something very special this year. - Visitors can get ready to be excited!
Set off for new working worlds
D 968.250 ZO BENCHMARK 750 S3 with FlexCell
The industry 4.0 and the associated demand for the traceability of production data are high on the agenda of all manufacturers of elastomer components.
The increasing shortage of qualified operating staff is presenting the processing industry with increasing challenges. DESMA supports businesses with the newly developed FlexCell. It facilitates the use of standardised injection moulding machines and the integration of the entire article-related process automation into autonomous units that can be flexibly and quickly connected to the standard machinery in a modular and application-oriented manner. FlexCell allows plant modification within a very short time. The interfaces have also been standardised so that the system can be demonstrated live in plug & play operation.
Data integration of mixed batches by reading in a barcode in combination with the recognition of the mould and cold runner systems based on the QR coding is provided by products of the SmartScan series and thus enables correct product parameter assignment.
With the E-Drive cold runner system with additionally integrated PressureSense in each cavity, the actual changeover pressure of each nozzle and thus also the process cycle can be documented as well.
With the laser printer, the plant can mark or engrave rubber and silicone articles of any colour with a clearly recognizable ID. The visualisation tool for displaying the recorded production data has been completely revised and now has a newly developed, web-based front-end within the SmartConnect 4.U-ECOSYSTEM.
D 968.250 ZO BENCHMARK 750 S3 with QuickLock
This machine is the first to produce moulded rubber articles with an overmoulded SmartIdent RFID chip. Article gating is executed via a DESMA standard cold runner. Also for the first time, DESMA's latest generation of 2-circuit servo temperature control units EcoSilence+, which respond extremely quickly and accurately thanks to active flow control, will be used. For this, the system requires less energy. When the cold runner system is changed, the cooling media are automatically sucked out so that a dry cold runner can be stored.
The mould can be exchanged within minutes using the QuickLock quick clamping system. Mould clamping is ensured even in the event of a power failure or a complete drop in hydraulic pressure. A mould change with a hot mould will be presented live.
D 969.300 SEALMASTER (S3) with 3500 bar high-pressure injection unit and new PerformanceHydraulics
The bestseller from the DESMA horizontal machine range is now available with a hydraulic performance kit, which will be on display at the stand. Without changing the ServoGear driving power, all movements of the mould carrier and the hydraulic core lifters have been significantly improved. Depending on the motion sequence, cycle time reductions of 2.5 - 5 seconds can be achieved.
The enhanced servo-driven brush modules called ServoBrush are equipped with a powerful external electric drive and have a horizontal axis for freely selectable position adjustment. This allows the wear of the brushes to be easily compensated by automatic infeed. In addition, a spraying device is integrated, which guarantees an optimally reproducible spraying pattern due to the servo-driven brush modules. The brush body can be changed within a very short time with the mould remaining installed and requiring only few tools. The scanner query integrated in the brush head checks for safe article demoulding and thus guarantees an error-free automatic cycle.
This machine will be presented with a ZeroWaste ITM pot for runner-loss free direct injection of articles and a 12-fold sealing mould with different article geometries.
Iso+ heating plates are used to further reduce the energy consumption of this ServoGear machine. The EnergyControl+ system with energy-optimised machine start-up ensures further savings. The integrated load management achieves a significantly reduced peak current intake, which significantly determines the electricity price. In addition, all energy consumption of the individual components, including compressed air consumption, is recorded and allocated. The proven DesCure heating time calculator is also used in this machine.
D 969.100 Z (S3) with FIFO C high-pressure injection unit and PartnerFlexCell
This basic machine with a footprint of less than 4.5 m² is particularly ideal for small series production of precision seals. Mould or mixture can be changed quickly. This is made possible by the FIFO C injection system (100 ccm, 2450 bar) with integrated PlastControl and swing-out extruder unit. If required, the plasticising screw can be quickly removed for inspection or cleaning.
In HTV silicone applications, the material can be exchanged easily and largely without losses thanks to the new CartridgePlus cartridge plug unit.
This system will be presented with a PartnerFlexCell, which is equipped with a collaborating 6-axis robot system and offers three-dimensional scanner protection via a new CE-compliant safety concept. This enables robots, machine and people to work together without mechanical safety guards. The PartnerFlexCell is also designed for easy transfer to other machines. Thus, either pure machine operation or system operation is possible by switching over.
A ZeroWaste ITM system with a mould for the production of small rubber-metal articles is also used on this machine. The metal parts are fed into the mould by the robot.
Fully on trend with the DRC 2030 TBM
DRC 2030 TBM is the DESMA rubber control tool with trend-based machine visualisation. The 24'' multitouch panel in combination with a 2.8 GHZ and 4 GB RAM processor as well as a 64 GB SSD hard disk offers a noticeable added value for the customer: The trend-based display prevents the production of rejects or machine downtime by means of an elaborate threshold value management. Up to 5 Fx rows are freely selectable and programmable. The complete order management can be represented. All documents required for machine operation can be handled digitally. The SetupAssist feature for error-free machine setup has been extended by the mould change guide and the number of screen pages has been reduced by half compared to the previous model.
The DESMA performance programme for service and pre- & post-sales products
Optimised injection moulding with SmartFlow
With SmartFlow, DESMA for the first time offers "in-house" flow simulation calculations for injection moulds or injection moulding processes. The data are simply entered in the user interface, which is identical to the user interface of process visualisation DRC 2030 TBM.
Automation solutions are already simulated three-dimensionally in the project planning phase and realistically on request.
DESMA's own automation team plans, simulates and implements the complete robot animation and robot programming, including integration into machines and associated mould concepts for new plants and retrofits, on a turnkey basis. Data access to all components allows an almost realistic representation of functions from all angles. This also simultaneously generates the robot programme.
By integrating this automation department into our project department, DESMA is able to deliver high-class and meaningful technical plans as early as in the project planning stage.
With the GapAnalyser developed by DESMA, similar article productions can be compared to represent a theoretically optimal cycle. The DESMA GapAnalyser software then gives clear instructions on how to correct deviations in the individual machine cycles. In practical tests, successful optimisations of approx. 3% were achieved in the sealing area. This means that productivity could be increased by 3% after the causes of the different cycle times had been eliminated. DESMA offers analysis with the GapAnalyser as a service.
Foresight instead of repair - the ServiceCommitmentPackage
The DESMA ServiceCommitmentPackage is meant to increase equipment availability. The Service Commitment Package, individually tailored to customer requirements, defines preventive maintenance operations based on demand, in order to define a spare parts strategy and prevent machine breakdowns in good time. All necessary jobs, including hydraulic oil management, HydroClean, and preventive maintenance can be individually integrated with SmartPredict to achieve the highest possible availability effect.
SmartTrace - article traceability down to the individual cavity
DESMA will present several new options for reliable article identification, allowing allocation to the production data even after many years. The integration into the customer’s ERP environment is supported by DESMA with a customised service.
The SmartConnect 4.U-ECOSYSTEM
What was presented internationally three years ago with a roadshow on the subject of industry 4.0 and machine networking has now evolved into a platform which, in addition to pure machine networking, reflects the entire business relationship and will also be available to customers, DESMA and other business partners as an internal communication and knowledge platform.
All SmartConnect 4.U products that have been developed further in the meantime are now integrated and also available as a total of 12 individual SmartConnect 4.U products.
Hydraulic oil management HydroClean
Hydraulic oil change after a specified time or based on actual condition? Even better: The filling lasts the whole machine life. DESMA offers optional and retrofit packages for oil sensors, additional filter systems or complete oil reprocessing on the machine as a service and a new product.
Retrofit kit PerformanceHydraulics
For the D 969.300 Z Sealmaster S3, DESMA offers the PerformanceHydraulics retrofit kit, which facilitates savings of up to 3 seconds depending on the cycle sequence.
The SmartWall – well-protected machine technology
With the optional and retrofit SmartWall equipment, all Ethernet-equipped control components of the machine can be inexpensively brought together in the machine network within the control cabinet and protected against unauthorised external intervention. In addition, this allows remote maintenance access for malfunction diagnosis, troubleshooting and production increase by the DESMA service team if an Internet connection to the machine is available.
The DESMA mould making and cold runner expertise
In addition to specialty mould making, DESMA also offers technologies optimising gating, flash, quality and cycle via the FlowControl, E-Drive, and open or closed cold runner systems, and conventional or ZeroWaste ITM systems. In combination with the extensive application technology services, DESMA can significantly increase the resource efficiency of the user. The potential is demonstrated on the WorkBench, DESMA's own mould and cold runner assembly station.
DESMAcademy and SmartTraining
The DESMAcademy teaches machine and process engineering at the DESMA training centre and in the field of application. DESMA has increased the number of instructors to three and will provide the DESMAcademy with a new home. SmartTraining complements the distance learning programme - feel free to try it out! The didactic approach and the topics of the training programme are perfectly coordinated to teach knowledge and skills ranging from material science to article quality, and from mould handling and injection moulding to the complete automation programme with digitisation applications.
DESMA is looking forward to welcoming you at K 2019 from 16th to 23 October in hall 16 at stand F56.