Thermoforming within the safe zone

A core business area for the Austrian company Senoplast Klepsch is the manufacture of co-extruded senosan® plastic sheets and films for thermoforming. (Photo: Pilz GmbH & Co. KG, Senoplast Klepsch & Co. GmbH)

Senoplast Klepsch manufactures plastic semi-finished products for a range of different applications. A core business area for the Austrian company Senoplast Klepsch is the manufacture of co-extruded senosan® plastic sheets and films for thermoforming. For a smooth-running deep drawing process Senoplast Klepsch relies on the safe radar system PSENradar, which in this case safeguards the production process in an “unorthodox” manner. The focus in production is among other things on quality and safety: the safe radar system was incorporated into the existing controller on the forming machine in order to protect human and machine.

Trouble-free monitoring in the high heat phase

In principle the sensor detects when the danger zone is accessed and initiates a safe state on the machine. In this case, however, the sensor's task is different: to monitor the area in front of the machine and ensure that the operator does not leave it. It is absolutely essential to monitor the deep drawing process to guarantee immediate intervention if a malfunction occurs. If the system detects no movement for a predefined time, the heat for the deep drawing plant is deactivated and the forming process is ended automatically. The parameters and radar system settings were easy to manage using the dedicated software PSENradar Configurator.

In principle the safe radar system PSENradar detects when the danger zone is accessed and initiates a safe state on the machine. (Photo: Pilz GmbH & Co. KG, Senoplast Klepsch & Co. GmbH)

The benefits at a glance:

  • Radar system is insensitive to external influences (such as heat), so enabling safe protection zone monitoring
  • Flexible application of the radar system: both as a warning zone for approaching objects and as a warning instance when the warning zone is left without permission
  • Existing plant and machinery can be converted safely and economically

Quotation

“Using the radar system we were able to upgrade our machine to a new level of safety; it had been in service with us for over 30 years. We were able to combine the solution easily with the built-in relay technology, which not only saved us a lot of time but costs too.”

Martin Scharler, Head of the Electrical Workshop

About Senoplast

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The Austrian company Senoplast Klepsch & Co. GmbH is technology leader in the highly complex manufacture of plastic sheets and films for the widest range of applications from automotive to the furniture industry. The innovative company was founded in 1956 and, with production sites in Austria, Mexico and China, now supplies around 60 countries worldwide.

The product in application

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