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Monitoring TruPrint

Clever digitization by TRUMPF for your additive manufacturing systems

Using TRUMPF's intelligent monitoring solutions, you can monitor and analyze the LFM process of the TruPrint machines with ease, making your manufacturing process even more efficient. The professional monitoring process makes it possible to display and analyze sensor-based data. The offer comprises solutions for monitoring the process, condition and performance. The monitoring results can be viewed directly on the HMI of the TruPrint machine. In addition to making the process transparent, TruTops Monitor has a remote access option via PC or tablet. Furthermore, the OPC UA interface gives you the complete flexibility to connect to your own software solutions.

Always have an overview

As a result of the monitoring solutions, you can keep an overview of key production data and system states across all your machinery.

Increased reliability and cost effectiveness for your production

Due to early error detection and notification, you can react in time.

Increased efficiency

Due to improved transparency, you can optimize your processes in the long term.

Proven quality

Benefit from comprehensive information for proving the quality of your components.

Individual analysis

Display and analyze only the key figures that are relevant for your build job.

Process monitoring to verify component quality

TRUMPF Powder Bed Monitoring zur Überwachung der Bauteilqualität

Process Monitoring focusses on the LMF process. The powder bed is monitored during the exposure process, which enables you to have complete control over the component quality, layer-by-layer. Production is also more efficient, as errors are detected quickly. The main component of Process Monitoring is the Powder Bed Monitoring function. You can automatically monitor the powder bed via an integrated camera in the TruPrint machine and via automatic image processing. As a result, you can keep sight of the state of the component at all times and can analyze the quality parameters layer-by-layer.

How does Powder Bed Monitoring work?

Our TruPrint machines are equipped with a high-resolution camera system, so that every powder layer can be monitored in detail. Automatic evaluation is possible in conjunction with the image processing, whereby the integrated dark field illumination also supports the image processing. As the user, you decide the limit values at which notifications or error messages should appear. As the quality parameters are assigned per layer, locating malfunctions is fast and accurate, which means that you can intervene in the current build job at an early stage.

In addition to the powder coating, the Powder Bed Monitoring function also records the state of the coating and identifies protruding parts in the powder bed. The process is optimal for evaluating the condition of the components during the actual LMF process and for identifying potential developments at an early stage. After the LMF process, a complete analysis of the individual layers can be performed via the image selection and, among other things, be compared with CAD data.

Preview: Melt Pool Monitoring - monitoring the weld pool

In addition to Powder Bed Monitoring, in future, the TruPrint 5000 machine will come with Melt Pool Monitoring, so that you can supervise the TruPrint machine's LMF process even more efficiently, and evaluate the quality of the components in the most optimum way. Melt Pool Monitoring uses sensors to monitor the weld pool of the laser metal fusion process. Benefit from a detailed quality check and documentation, layer-by-layer. In this way, you can detect any process deviations at an early stage – even in series production – and visualize the critical areas of a component, if necessary. These key figures can be compared automatically with the referenced build job, in order to monitor the stability of the process. Furthermore, when using several lasers at once, you can oversee all of the weld pools in parallel.

Compatible products

Note: This product range and information may vary depending on the country. They are subject to changes in technology, equipment, price, and range of accessories. Please get in touch with your local contact person to find out whether the product is available in your country.

Always have an overview of the TruPrint machine state with condition monitoring

In addition to the machine's status data, Condition Monitoring also records data on the process environment. As a result, you can monitor the machine status at any time and analyze a whole host of parameters. Numerous sensors collect data on the current state of your TruPrint machine. This is documented and can be used for quality control purposes. You can view the data anytime directly via the HMI. This means you can detect malfunctions early to then intervene in the LMF process or to abort it in an emergency. You can configure the data view to your needs, thereby creating a clear display of all the information which is relevant to you.

A range of different indicators which influence the machine state can be monitored by Condition Monitoring from TRUMPF:

  • Build chamber state such as humidity, substrate plate temperature, shielding gas speed etc.
  • Ambient conditions such as oxygen level or temperature
  • Cooling water temperature
  • Filter data
  • Machine axes

Compatible products

Note: This product range and information may vary depending on the country. They are subject to changes in technology, equipment, price, and range of accessories. Please get in touch with your local contact person to find out whether the product is available in your country.

Performance monitoring for complete transparency regarding machine productivity

Machine productivity is essential for successful industrial manufacturing. This is why performance monitoring by TRUMPF provides you with all the important productivity figures for a comprehensive evaluation of machine performance. Using the TruPrint HMI you can control and analyze the status of all consumers easily at any time. Once the build job is complete, performance monitoring creates a comprehensive report. This contains all the important facts on an order, as well as findings from the other monitoring observations. You can easily configure and design this report to your needs. In order to show machine consumption or productivity figures such as layer times, melting rates, and runtimes as clearly as possible, all the performance parameters are prepared for you graphically.

You also benefit from target-actual comparisons which are based on the process and condition monitoring data. This provides you with a comprehensive analysis of the build job. Performance monitoring therefore increases all productivity and utilization factors, contributing overall to a more economical production process.

Compatible products

Note: This product range and information may vary depending on the country. They are subject to changes in technology, equipment, price, and range of accessories. Please get in touch with your local contact person to find out whether the product is available in your country.

Connectivity

TruPrint Monitoring

TruTops Monitor

With TruTops Monitor, you are also provided with complete transparency externally across your machinery, along with the option of remote access. Observe, analyze, and control your TruPrint machinery comfortably from your desktop or on a mobile device via the TruTops Fab app. The analysis of the machine data and utilization of the entire machinery will enhance your industrial additive manufacturing. Through email error notifications and the external saving of build job reports, you'll be able to document your LMF process in the most optimum way.

OPC UA interface – for connecting to your own network solutions

With the OPC UA monitoring interface, you have the option and flexibility of connecting your TruPrint monitoring data to your individual software programs. All of the monitored data is transmitted in real-time via a standardized interface.

Compatible products

Note: This product range and information may vary depending on the country. They are subject to changes in technology, equipment, price, and range of accessories. Please get in touch with your local contact person to find out whether the product is available in your country.

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