The PREVIEW server, consisting of the advanced predictive system (APS) and the content management system (CMS), and the wireless data transmission were validated by verifying the data reception, processing and storage in the database. The APS is a software algorithm to optimise the injection moulding process by reducing mould set up time and providing a quality control system.
Initially, this test went well, but once more data had been collected the server unexpectedly crashed. After a short period of recuperation from this puzzling situation, four specialists dove deep into the server software and found the stumbling block. The problem was then easily fixed. A true team effort.
In the meantime, to prepare for a life cycle assessment (LCA), some initial measurements of energy consumption of two injection moulding machines were performed, making use of a commercially available energy logger. This data is going to be compared to the data logged through the PREVIEW system to gain insight into the energy savings potentially created by making use of the PREVIEW system.
Figure 2: Wireless connection nodes, connected to Ethernet (left) and to DAS (right)