ULT accelerates digitization within its extraction devices designed for the AM industry

There is a weird feeling of pride when you realize a company lives up to a commitment it made – especially because in the manufacturing industry, it is easy to fool and be fooled by marketing actions that do not necessarily reveal the technological capabilities of a solution.

Anyway, this weird feeling of pride is what I feel this morning, as I recall my latest conversation with Alexander Jakschik. In December 2020, he told 3D ADEPT Media that one of their main goals was to optimize and digitize their processes. “Not only [had] the company’s warehouse been digitalized, but there [was] a wide range of digital processes that [their] teams needed to master and [to integrate in their hardware]”.

That’s a goal the team has been able to achieve as the machine manufacturer launches today a new system control for its extraction devices. As a reminder, these extraction and filtration solutions enable air purification within Additive Manufacturing companies’ production environment.

The new system control is designed to be integrated into the company’s cartridge filter systems, which will significantly expand their communication capabilities and thus offer users convenient evaluation and control options.

The company explains that the new system control works with an integrated PROFINET interface, which is a device that allows communication with external systems. This means info can easily be transmitted for a wide range of devices including laser processing, painting or soldering systems. Not to mention that it is easy to determine the current state of the production environment: filter occupancy, power, process gas temperature, error messages, and much more. ULT AG therefore provides the PROFINET interface as a standard in its large fume extraction devices.

Furthermore, it should be noted that the new system control features a display with plain text which enables operators to easily catch info on the system, status messages for the extraction system and device parameterization. The display also increases serviceability, as relevant data can be called up quickly and easily.

“Sensors integrated into the extraction systems send important operating information to the new control, such as the filter status, fill levels of discharge containers or a filter aid metering, error messages in the case of blocked suction or exhaust pipes, and various others. An integrated memory card for data logging is also part of the new system control, as is the option to connect to cloud services. Further communication bus systems can also be supported upon request”, ULT clarifies in a press communication.

Lastly, while the focus is made here on the use of this new system control in AM companies’ environment, let’s remind that these solutions are also designed for a wider range of industries.

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