The revolution in dosing machines
Just a little while longer and it will be here!
world premiere @ K-exhibition 2022 in düsseldorf
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This idea is being investigated further. A list of requirements and wishes follows from this investigation.
Based on this morphological overview and our product matrix, our creative minds set to work on creating multiple concepts.
One of these concepts will be chosen for further development as a prototype. With the prototype we test the solutions for the technical bottlenecks.
5. internal test
During the internal test, it is determined to what extent the prototype complies with our product matrix and morphological overview.
6. series 0
The improved version of the prototype is then created. The integrability of the machine is taken into account.
7. external test
Our customers are an important source of inspiration.
The feedback is used to make our product fit perfectly into the production process.
8. final product
After the last improvements, Ferlin will release the final product on the market. So the machine will be available to everyone.
The road to Ferlin One
The road to Ferlin One: One by Ferlin is the name of our new development. One refers to the way to add one additive in an accurate, reliable but also cost-conscious way. Being able to easily apply the One in our customer's process is an important aspect.
Step 1: The idea
The idea started from Ferlin's interest in smaller dosing machines. The machine is suitable for companies that want to dose small batches of plastic efficiently. The challenge is to maintain precise dosing.
Step 2: Research
During an extensive investigation into accuracy with more than 60 tests, Ferlin discovered that many gravimetric loss-in-weight machines work with a screw or something similar that is driven by an often heavy motor. Both have a negative effect on dosing accuracy. We thought that must change! In our morphological overview, the most important requirement was to use a small load cell. The target was a 1 kg loadcell. In addition, a strict requirement was that there should be no pulsing effect.
step 3: the concepts
In the concept phase, Ferlin realised 4 different concepts. After all four concepts were weighed against our product matrix and the corresponding demands and wishes, we continued with the concept that we now call the "one". Only the best concept will be built as a prototype. The concept we have chosen from these four we cannot explain yet. We are so convinced of this concept that a patent has been applied for.
The other three concepts were:
1. a mixer in miniature
2. a screw that brings material to the top
3. a turntable
Step 4: The prototype
The prototype is lightweight in design. Because of the low weight, we are able to use a small load cell that is also capable of measuring small doses. This makes it possible to understand what was actually dosed per shot. In addition, we have been able to eliminate the pulsing effect of dosing screws through clever design. As a result, there will be far fewer changes per shot in what is actually dosed. The prototype was created using new and clever techniques.
Step 5: The internal test
The research we previously carried out between 3 different loss-in-weight dosing machines was also applied to the prototype. The first results were encouraging but not good enough yet. Through new clever ideas, improvements were quickly made. In the end, more than 90 ideas were tested to become ever more accurate or achieve just a little more consistency in the dosing behaviour—the result is a gravimetric dosing machine that can dose very accurately and consistently for a low price.
step 6: series 0
At the moment, the patent for the One by Ferlin has come through. It may well be that when the parts come in to build the first series, some minor adjustments will have to be made. Meanwhile, the customers for the external test have been selected. We will then move on to step 7, where it gets really serious!
step 7: the external test
The test at the customer's, an exciting step for us. What would they think of it? Our customer knows better than anyone what is useful, and their feedback is therefore very important to incorporate into our design. We have 20 machine positions available for testing at different customers. The patent has come through, and we are starting to provide these customers with updates!
step 8: the final product
After processing the feedback, our product is ready for market introduction. Mark your calendar: K-Exhibition 2022 in Düsseldorf!
one by FERLIN
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