Posted on Mar 12, 2019

DRIVING INDUSTRY 4.0, TWO STEPS AT A TIME: DAP AND MACAW.

DRIVING INDUSTRY 4.0, TWO STEPS AT A TIME: DAP AND MACAW.

 

DAP - Dot Advanced Positioning, proprietary waveform & MACAW, industry 4.0, real-time data

 
MTEX is focused on producing the world's best industrial technology solutions in order to become a leading reference in the digital printing market.

The determination to produce key parts in-house is an integral part of MTEX’s manufacturing culture and is a vital source of technology that gives our industrial machines the competitive edge adjusted to the needs of our customers.

Through this endless cycle of finding its own solutions, MTEX has built a global reputation based on a unique range of industrial machines tailored to serve a wide variety of markets. such as the dye sublimation.

TRANSFORMING INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION

The escalation of new digital industrial technology, known as Industry 4.0, is a transformation that makes it possible to collect and analyse data across machines, empowering faster, more flexible, and more efficient methods to yield higher-quality print output at reduced costs.

"What if existing manufacturing and large technological innovations came together to create the next big manufacturing reinvention? Bingo. This is the fourth manufacturing revolution, and it's happening right now. "

- Olivier Scalabre, Senior Partner & Managing Director

 

DAP - A TAILORED DIGITAL TOOL

Dot Advanced Positioning - proprietary waveform

DAP  it's an integrated system between the waveform, printheads and ink that enables automatic head alignment for maximum precision and lowest ink consumption. By offering a proprietary waveform rather than a generic one it guarantees an advanced control over the printheads which results into an unmatchable drop accuracy and consistent print results. 

Dot Advanced Positioning - proprietary waveform

DAP delivers its promise: the lowest ink consumption and maximum precision to obtain the highest quality output

MTEX resolution vs. Competitors

MTEX printhead vs. Competitors

Picoliters and waveforms benchmark MTEX vs. Competitors

 

MACAW – MANUFACTURING INTELLIGENCE FOR THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

MACAW, industry 4.0, real-time data

A holistic view

To have ‘strong foundational data strategy’ in place, enables you to look at the whole system end-to-end as data flows through an enterprise, if the data itself is the focus.

MACAW is a unique patented software designed to bring you a complete, end-to-end solution that addresses the specific needs of your business. Through a single unified interface, this predictive platform allows you to manage your stock, consumables and media, so that you can look over your production in real time.

It’s an intuitive and powerful solution featuring ink consumption and energy savings data, preventive maintenance, integrated database, robust reporting, and navigation capabilities.

 

MACHINE INTEGRATION AND MONITORING

Most of the information related to the product is available on the machinery itself, making the integration with machines a necessity.

The benefits of using Machinery Integration:

  • Real-time status in terms of progress, timing and costs, materials in stock and used, current position of material and WIP
  • Precise and reliable data without the risk of error
  • Possibility to acquire process data automatically
  • Interconnection with machines according to the Industry 4.0 principle

MACAW helps you with that. 

Each digital printing equipment for textile is composed of a great diversity of scientific knowledge, with all its mechanical structure and all its components, including the fluid mechanics of the ink system, whose main task is bringing ink to the printheads in such conditions that printing is perfectly executed with exceptional quality.

DAP helps you with that. 

 

In summary:

  • MACAW is a customer-management system that offers you a holistic view of the production line and generates valuable data in order to gain more insight into the equipment for real-time decision making;
  • DAP is the ultimate technology block you need to tailor your production and ensure the highest quality print output at reduced costs.

 

However, the real the challenge is how you accommodate all this technology through a communication based architecture. In other words, how to integrate all this technology, DAP and MACAW, into the printer. The EtherCAT protocol, translates into the following main benefits:

  • Speed of communication
  • Communication robustness & reliability
  • Ease of network implementation
  • Open communication protocol
  • Use of industrial Ethernet
  • Flexible network topology
  • Centralized data
  • Reduction in wiring (by 40%), reducing costs
  • Increased production capacity

 

Following the Industry 4.0 guidelines, EtherCAT's communication with machines is bidirectional: it not only collects data from machines but also sends signals to automate processes.

 

THE MISSING PIECE

 

MTEX DRAGON - Sublimation transfer printer

 

All of MTEX’s new machine models, like the MTEX DRAGONhave been developed for industry 4.0, and thus, can send data in real time to the cloud. The breakthrough, however, is how MACAW and DAP synergetic work. Although, this synergy only exists because all the machine modules use EtherCAT communication protocol.  As a result, all the systems of the DRAGON communicate through the same protocol avoiding the use of traditional gateways and consequently ensuring that the DRAGON achieves top yield, now and for the future.

 

Unbeatable speed with high-quality at industrial grade

The DRAGON can deliver 274 sqm/h in production mode with a resolution of 720 DPI thanks to its advanced mechanical and electronical structure.

MTEX DRAGON - Speed chart, resolution

 


THE FUTURE READY PRINTING MACHINES FOR TEXTILE ARE NOW A REALITY!

Topics: Dragon, sublimation, industry4_0