Further automation for V&V Engineering thanks to Factory 4.0

Interreg Factory 4.0



V&V Engineering specialises in the rapid development of injection moulds and the thermoplastic injection moulding of prototypes and small series, while medium and large series can also be added. In addition, V&V Engineering also carries out maintenance on external moulds. As part of the Factory 4.0 project, the company investigated, together with the Sirris experts, where process optimisations could be achieved.   

Today, V&V Engineering, an SME based in Ypres, only has a day production. If it wants to continue to meet the increasing demand, several production runs per day would actually be necessary. The challenge was to achieve this through the lowest possible investment and without the deployment of additional staff.
In the current operations, all material from the injection moulding machine is collected in one large collection container. After a few hours of operation it is full and needs to be replaced and processed manually.

Dual solution

After studying the problem, it was decided to divide it in two parts. On the one hand, we had to come up with a system to separate the actual product from the waste residues and, on the other hand, with a system to automatically divide the waste flows over several collection containers.

Different options were investigated and presented to V&V Engineering for both challenges. The proposals to separate the material included separation by means of an angled 'paddle separator', a 'roller drum separator' and a 'sprue picker'. In the end, the Wittmann 'sprue picker' WP80 was chosen.

After separating the material flows, it was also investigated how the material could be autonomously taken to several containers. Here again, several systems were considered. This went from a turntable system to conveyor belts with extendable flippers, ...

In this case, the 'Duck dispenser' of MB Conveyors was preferred.

Night batch

Both devices have already been purchased and will be delivered in the near future. Once the system is up and running, it should be possible to start another batch in the late afternoon to run it through the night.  If everything goes as expected, future optimisations can also be investigated and implemented in the further processing of the finished product.

The study carried out at V&V Engineering shows that 'relatively simple' automation solutions can significantly increase production capacity. Would you like to find out more about Factory 4.0 and its terms and conditions?  Contact us, maybe Factory 4.0 can also mean something for your company!