Innovative control system for straightening machines using sensor information from downstream processes

Innovative control system for straightening machines using sensor information from downstream processes

BATHELT Lukas, DJAKOW Eugen, HENKE Christian, TRÄCHTLER Ansgar

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Abstract. Increasing the sustainability and resource efficiency of forming processes is one of today’s major goals. High-strength wire materials are usually available as strip material and are subjected to a downstream forming process such as punch-bending to produce parts for the electronics industry, for example. During the manufacturing process of the semi-finished product, residual stresses and plastic deformations are introduced into the wire by rolling and drawing processes. Straightening machines are used in the production lines to compensate for these. To increase the sustainability of these production lines, the straightening process is an essential step. Before the continuous manufacturing process starts, the straightening process must be set up and the optimal roller positions must be found. Once the process is set up, the roller position settings are usually not changed. Due to missing measurement systems for the straightening quality, it is not possible to dynamically adjust the positions of the straightening rollers to variations in the material properties. This leads to deviations in the dimensional accuracy of the components to be produced and thus to an increase in the rejection rate in the manufacturing processes. To reduce the rejection rate, a novel control system for a continuous feedback control of a straightening process is presented in this paper. This leads to a reduction of the rejection rate and unnecessary preforming operations in wire straightening process. The result is an increasing sustainability and efficiency of these production process.

Straightening Machine, Punch-Bending Process, Feedback Control

Published online 4/24/2024, 9 pages
Copyright © 2024 by the author(s)
Published under license by Materials Research Forum LLC., Millersville PA, USA

Citation: BATHELT Lukas, DJAKOW Eugen, HENKE Christian, TRÄCHTLER Ansgar, Innovative control system for straightening machines using sensor information from downstream processes, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 41, pp 2813-2821, 2024


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