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An ANN-Based Temperature Controller for a Plastic Injection Moulding System

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Department of Biomedical Radioelectronic Apparatus and Systems, Chernihiv National University of Technology, 14027 Chernihiv, Ukraine
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Department of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Technical Journalism, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, D-53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany
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Faculty of Art, Science and Technology, Glyndwr University, Wrexham LL11 2AW, UK
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Electronics 2019, 8(11), 1272; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8111272
Received: 30 September 2019 / Revised: 25 October 2019 / Accepted: 30 October 2019 / Published: 1 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Systems & Control Engineering)
This paper proposes an approach to an ANN-based temperature controller design for a plastic injection moulding system. This design approach is applied to the development of a controller based on a combination of a classical ANN and integrator. The controller provides a fast temperature response and zero steady-state error for three typical heaters (bar, nozzle, and cartridge) for a plastic moulding system. The simulation results in Matlab Simulink software and in comparison to an industrial PID regulator have shown the advantages of the controller, such as significantly less overshoot and faster transient (compared to PID with autotuning) for all examined heaters. In order to verify the proposed approach, the designed ANN controller was implemented and tested using an experimental setup based on an STM32 board.
Keywords: plastic manufacturing; injection moulding; temperature control; ANN controller plastic manufacturing; injection moulding; temperature control; ANN controller
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Khomenko, M.; Veligorskyi, O.; Chakirov, R.; Vagapov, Y. An ANN-Based Temperature Controller for a Plastic Injection Moulding System. Electronics 2019, 8, 1272.

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