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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 LMF process of the TruPrint machines with ease, thereby rendering 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 results of the monitoring can be seen directly on the HMI of the TruPrint machine. With TruTops Monitor, you get full transparency along with the option to have remote access via a 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 Power Bed Monitoring for monitoring component quality

The process monitoring focuses on the LMF process. The powder bed is monitored during the laser exposure process. Two products are available for this purpose: Powder Bed Monitoring enables you to monitor the powder bed, and Melt Pool Monitoring enables you to monitor the weld pool of your TruPrint machine. As a result, you maintain full control over the quality of your components – layer-by-layer. Your production system is also made more efficient as faults are identified quickly.

Layer-by-layer monitoring to verify component quality

View of the weld pool in the TruPrint 2000

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How does Powder Bed Monitoring work?

A central component of process monitoring is the Powder Bed Monitoring function. The integrated camera in the TruPrint machine allows you to automatically monitor the powder bed and images are automatically processed. With this, you have an overview of the component state at all times and can analyze the quality parameters layer-by-layer. The TruPrint machines are equipped with a high-resolution camera system, so you have a precise view of each powder layer. Automatic evaluations are possible in conjunction with the image processing function. Here, the integrated dark field illumination additionally supports the image analysis. As the user, you determine 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. This 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 layer and identifies protruding parts in the powder bed. The process is ideal 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 comprehensive analysis of the individual layers can be performed via the image selection and be compared with CAD data.

Melt Pool Monitoring – monitoring the weld pool

In order to have a better overview of the LMF process in the TruPrint machine and to be able to optimally evaluate the component quality, you can take advantage of the Melt Pool Monitoring product for the TruPrint 2000 and the TruPrint 5000, along with the Powder Bed Monitoring function. Melt Pool Monitoring monitors the weld pool of the laser metal fusion process using sensors. Take advantage of a detailed quality check and documentation, layer-by-layer. This enables you to detect any process deviations early on, including during series production, and, if necessary, see areas of the component that are critical. These key figures can then be automatically compared with a reference build job to monitor the stability of the process. When using several lasers, you can also monitor all of the weld pools in parallel with ease.

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

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.

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 – monitoring on the machine and in the network

TruPrint monitoring

TruTops Monitor

With TruTops Monitor, you have total transparency over your machines and the option of remote access, even externally. Observe, analyze, and control your TruPrint machines conveniently from your desktop or on a mobile device using the MobileControl app. The analysis of live machine data and the utilization of all your machines will enhance your industrial additive manufacturing. Error notifications via email give you the option of modifying your processes as quickly as possible.

Additive manufacturing OPC UA interface

OPC UA interface – for connecting to your own network solutions

With the OPC UA monitoring interface, you have the option to link the TruPrint performance monitoring data with your individual software in a flexible manner. The performance monitoring data is transferred live, by means of a standardized interface.

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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