CAM

In the age of digitalization, the transfer of data to production is essential.
The term Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) describes the use of computer-controlled systems and software to control manufacturing processes in industry.
This technology enables more precise and efficient production of components by automating machines and tools.
The benefits of CAM include improved quality of manufactured parts, shortened production times, and reduced manufacturing costs.

CAM in Injection Molding

Automation Technology: Toolpaths generated by a CAM software

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Gender Changer

Two cables with same plug type (male plug to male plug and female plug to female plug) cannot be connected directly.
A so called gender changer is used for the connection.
In the inside of the gender changer a side switch takes place, thus the numbers of the pins on both sides stay the same as before.
It is called gender changer as a male plug becomes a female plug with the help of a gender changer and vice versa. An example connection could be a cable of a scale with male plug conected to a gender changer, and this one to PC male plug.

Gender Changer in Injection Molding

Automation: Gender Changer for DSub9 male to female and DB25 (male/female)

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DSub9
DB25

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Hardware Port

External interfaces used to connect different devices with cables are called ports.
These include network connections as well as USB connections.
In addition to that the term “port” is also used if it comes to socket strips on a computer mainboard.
An additional graphic card is plugged in for example in the socket strip called PCI port.
It has to be noted that the term port is also used if it comes to the description of data exchange between a client and a server.
To avoid confusion it is good practice to add the name software or hardware as prefix to the term port.

Hardware Port in Plastic Industry
Hardware Port in Plastic Industry

Automation Technology: Connections on the backside of a PC called ports
Automation Technology: Ports/ socket strips on the mainboard

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Internet of Things (IoT)

Digitalization is one of the most important topics in modern industry.
A key buzzword in this context is IoT (Internet of Things).
The term was coined by Mark Weiser in 1991 and describes the link between physical and virtual objects.
The communication of the individual objects with each other via a central network is essential in this concept.
The aim is to structure production processes and make them more efficient.
Possible problems are to be detected at an early stage in order to ideally take automated countermeasures.

 Internet of Things (IoT) in Injection Molding

Automation Technology: Network of different object exchanging data with each other

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DiagBes

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Network card

To be able to communicate and exchange data with other devices a special component is required.
This component in the PC is called a network card.
The information is usually sent and received via a cable by means of voltage.
For stable transmission while connecting different devices so called Ethernet cables are used.
The transmission rate depends on the performance of the network card as well as on the quality of the transmission cable used.

Network card in Injection Molding

Automation Technology: Image of a simple network card

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Switch
Repeater

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