As the global leader in injection molding machine manufacturing, ENGEL has delivered more than 60,000 tie-bar-less machines to customers in automotive, packaging, medical, and other industries. Tie-bar-less technology enables the plastic processors in many cases to use smaller injection molding machines that have a smaller footprint and require less energy.
To maximize machine efficiency and minimize operating costs, ENGEL develops optimized integrated control units for its tie-bar-less systems using Model-Based Design.
“With Model-Based Design we develop and simulate control algorithms before prototype hardware is available and then generate Structured Text for PLC implementation,” says Hannes Bernhard, head of control engineering and development at ENGEL. “As a result, we have confidence in the quality of our algorithms and code when we test on the real system, and our process is faster because we need fewer iterations on the prototype.”