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13.05.2015 | 

Prod-IQ® Next – the “Industry 4.0” future - The way to a self-optimizing Siempelkamp system

At LIGNA 2015, Siempelkamp is presenting its version of the self-optimizing wood-based panel plant: With Prod-IQ® Next, the further development of Siempelkamp’s proven process control system Prod-IQ®, production will adapt autonomously and automatically in the future in order to ensure board quality and optimize costs. The production of Siempelkamp customers is optimized with Prod-IQ® Next – minimizing the use of materials and energy while simultaneously achieving a high production speed!

With Prod-IQ® Next, plant owners can optimize their production

Plant owners using Siempelkamp control technology today already benefit from the automatic product change, the flow of data from the ERP system to the plant and back, and cost trending. With the Prod-IQ.quality system (SPOC) which is suitable for retrofitting, they already realize online quality prediction today. This means the quality of the board is known as soon as it leaves the press, with no need for elaborate laboratory testing. Siempelkamp goes a step further with Prod-IQ® Next: In the self-optimizing plant of the future, customers will only have to specify the product they want to produce, its characteristics and quantity. The rest  is fully automated – from the change to the desired product, to online quality control, to the change to the next product on completion of a production order.

Further development of a proven system

The goal of Prod-IQ® Next is the further development of the online quality control system Prod-IQ.quality (SPOC) into a superordinate control loop, which configures the system to optimize costs and simultaneously ensures the desired board properties – without the need for operator intervention. Model-based predictive process control (MPC) is a control technology concept for this task. This control uses a dynamic model that depends on the input signals of the process to be controlled in order to calculate its future behavior. This enables to calculate the optimum input signals, which lead to optimum output signals.

With hybrid modeling – consisting of Prod-IQ.quality (SPOC) as the statistical element and the analytical, rheologic modeling of mat behavior in the press – the entire pressing process can be simulated. An analytical simulation of what goes on inside the press is performed along with a statistical calculation of the resulting quality. Finally, such a model can be used to determine settings that ensure quality, including the necessary safety reserves, and simultaneously guarantee production at optimized cost – for example by reducing the blending factor and mat weight, increasing the pressing speed or reducing energy consumption.

Siempelkamp customers using Prod-IQ.quality (SPOC) can establish the basis for a self-optimizing plant with Prod-IQ® Next today!

Siempelkamp, hall 27, exhibition stand F35


Christian Hassler
Marketing & Communication


Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH
Siempelkampstraße 75, 47803 Krefeld, Germany
Phone: +49 2151 - 92 4303
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