10 February 2022
SLITTING LINE 4.0: NEW ENTRY IN MORI 2A
Mori 2A has recently upgraded its machinery with a new automatic longitudinal slitting line 4.0, which meets the highest safety, traceability and production efficiency requirements.
Over 10,000 sheets per day are cut for a total of over 7 tonnes of Aisi 304 (1,4301).
In addition to speed and production versatility, this new slitting line meets certain parameters to be classified as 4.0 . It is controlled by PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), a computer specialised in the management and control of industrial processes.
The interconnection between the production computer system and the machine allows precise instructions to be uploaded via remote control, such as uploading production orders (POs). The operator scans the bar code on the coil and links it to the production order, so each PO is matched to one or more specific stainless steel coils. If the operator uses a steel code that does not correspond to the order in terms of size, thickness or finish, the software does not allow the machine to work and reports the error. In addition, specific documents, such as technical drawings and inspection certificates, can be displayed directly on the machine to provide complete information. These aspects are crucial in order to comply with the fundamental requirements of traceability.
It is clear that this interconnection generates input and output: from the production lists on the central server, reports are automatically created, so that it is possible to check the product status, production times, quantities of rejected parts and a consequent update of the warehouse stock. This leads to a system of automated integration of logistics, production cycle and supply network.
The last fundamental parameter for considering this machine 4.0 is safety: the operator does not and cannot act directly on the blanking or handling of the pieces during processing, thanks to a system of barriers with photocells that blocks the machine if the operator exceeds the maximum safety lines.
It is important to stress that in order to keep the system running smoothly and to minimise the risk of prolonged machine stoppages, remote assistance is essential: via a remote connection, it is possible to carry out maintenance, solve any problems, access machine data, and set up a series of configurations and programmes.
Mori 2A is increasingly focusing on industrial automation and the integration of existing equipment with new technologies in a smart factory perspective: we are proud to announce that in the coming months new 4.0 machinery will be added to the production cycle, not only to increase plant productivity but also to optimise energy consumption, creating more efficient systems and reducing energy waste according to the typical paradigms of sustainable energy.