Development of a production line for packaging with waterjets
Packaging is gaining more and more importance for the marketing of products. Already in the early stage of development marketing-relevant considerations are taken into account, which decide over target groups and marketing strategies. For design analysis and the essential sampling of the packaging hitherto manufacturing possibilities were of insufficient quality (manual manufacturing, sample plotter) or verry cost-intensive (punching units). Both manufacturing options are no satisfying alternative from the user's point of view. At the stage of sampling and prototype production, as well as the individual production of small series, flexible systems are needed, which are capable of quick, cheap and most of all high quality manufacturing of even small series. In the context of this project concepts for manufacturing solutions with the water jet, which consider these requirements, are developed. Therefore, in a first step existing systems and techniques are evaluated. Based on the results, industry-specific hard and sofware concepts for the overall system are provided. This includes the concatenation of the system ant the technical integration of further necessary manufacturing processes (grooving, cutting and milling). With such a system new markets for small series production and sample production of cardboard packaging can be opened for the usually small and middle sized companies of equipment manufacturers. The users of the technology thus could increase their geometrical and logistic flexibility and improve the economy of small series especially.