Design and Manufacture of a New Smart Desktop Rotational Moulding Machine

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Abstract

Motion control capabilities within rotational moulding machines have remained relatively unchanged for the past 60 years. However, driven by Industry 4.0, this is showing signs of change and the potential of rotational moulding machines which can provide more agile movements and rotations is beginning to be realized.
This paper therefore proposes a novel desktop sized rotational moulding machine that can provide the user with more flexibility and control over mould rotation by incorporating a smart control system. This lifts the current restriction with conventional machines were the rotational speeds of the two motors remain constant throughout a cycle. The benefit of having improved control over the mould rotation is that recent research has shown that by varying the rotational speeds throughout the cycle can improve product quality and process efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Manufacturing Technology XXXIII
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, incorportating the 34th National Conference on Manufacturing Research, 10 - 12 September 2019, Queen's University Belfast UK
EditorsYan Jin, Mark Price
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Pages28-33
Number of pages6
Volume9
ISBN (Electronic)ISSN 2352-7528
ISBN (Print)ISSN 2352-751X
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • Rotational Moulding
  • Motion Control
  • Smart machine

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