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Within the areas of machine construction and processing technology, the term compact systems refers to an enclosed plant unit. Within a facility, it is a whole system within itself and can undertake processes largely autonomously. On TradeMachines you can find used compact systems up for auction.
What are compact systems and how do they function?
Compact systems and compact cells can not be classified under a single type of machine or plant. They are closely connected to what is referred to as cells in automation technology, which also undertake a full process. These generally consist of independent machine tools, which are connected to a common workpiece magazine and are controlled by a central computer. The cooperation of the individual machines within a cell is dependent on the circumstances and special handling systems. A compact system can be a modular unit, but in this case it is still made out of different components that are constructed to work together as a unit. In most cases, compact machines are pre-fabricated, transportable units that act like, and are handled in the same way as, machine tools.
Areas of application: Where are compact systems used?
Compact cells simplify the structure of production machines; they are an independent unit that supply all the necessary features needed for a specific process. They are used in various areas of production: in the form of closed-off robot welding cells for metalworking; bread making machines for producing dough; for the production of BSH, laminated wood or other similar materials; compact systems for recycling production waste; or cells for the complete mechanical pre-cleaning stage for waste water treatment. These applications represent the wide spectrum of areas where compact machines can be used, and they can be found in a great variety of different forms. Their common ground is that they are all used for the automatic operation of production and handling processes. A general requirement for each machine is an integrated measuring and monitoring function for the workpieces and the tools' parameters. In production technology, for example, this includes monitoring the wear and tear of tools, and recognising broken tools or functions for collision control. Due to the large range of areas in which compact cells could be applied, the type and scope of the measuring and control devices differ greatly. For example, for compact systems used for waste water treatment really only need to be able to monitor the water levels.
The advantage of using a compact system is not only the increase in productivity, due to the automatic process. Generally, the integrated controls also lead to a higher product quality. This is also the case when treating waste water, when compact cells are used to filter, compact and drain the solid materials. These processes reduce the plant's disposal costs. Another characteristic of compact cells is that they are all have very different shapes and structures. This is mainly due to the different sizes and textures of the workpeices and materials that they are built to process. For example, a bread roll plant can be constructed in the form of a rollable cupboard, while a compact system for processing finished, large, wood workpieces for house construction cannot be transported all at once. Considering the size of the machine tool and the components of a compact system, the modular construction really offers an advantage. The system can be built step by step, following a certain design, and then expanded into a compact system, where every step enhances the production process and increases productivity.
Who produces compact systems?
The large range of areas where compact systems can be applied is also mirrored by the presence of numerous manufacturers. They range from small to mid-sized facilities, up to large technology corporations like ABB. Other examples of compact system manufacturers for various industrial sectors are BLUMENBECKER, CLOOS, KUHN, MÜLLER MASCHINEN, SMB and WEINMANN.