Advanced injection molding technologies, Industry 4.0 take a stand at PLASTEC West

Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) and KraussMaffei (Munich) will be running their most innovative injection molding machines on the show floor at PLASTEC West in Anaheim next month.

Engel reports that it will demo its e-motion 170/85 TL US machine using an array of iQ software products that analyze critical process parameters to identify fluctuations or deviations in real time and instantly make adjustments. The technology is part of Engel’s Inject 4.0 platform, which is aligned with the principles of Industry 4.0 and is a building block of the “smart” factory.

Engel e-motion machine
Engel will bring an e-motion machine to PLASTEC West. The company invites attendees to drop by booth 3715 and take its CC300 machine controller on a test run.

Show attendees are invited to visit the company at booth 3715 and get to know some of Engel’s smart factory products by taking its CC300 machine controller on a test run. Visitors can choose from five available demonstrations: Constant shot-by-shot filling; detection and rejection of faulty parts; capturing cavity information without cavity sensors; automatic clamp force optimization; and saving energy with smart mold temperature control.

The CC300 machine control will simulate process fluctuations; automatic readjustments by the intelligent assistance systems can then be viewed live on the machine display. These demos will use a range of Engel’s iQ software products that have been developed for smart molding, including weight, clamp and flow control and the e-flomo water manifold system.

Featuring a tie-bar less design, the all-electric injection molding machine on display will include a fully integrated e-pic Z linear pick-and-place robot with unfettered access to the mold.

The system will be running a single-cavity Engel inject 4.0 logo mold supplied by Haidlmair (Nussbach, Austria). 

KraussMaffei has announced that it will bring a machine from its all-electric PX series to booth 3925 at PLASTEC West. Introduced at K 2016 and showcased at Fakuma in October 2017, the series has proven to be a crowd pleaser.

KraussMaffei PX machine
An injection molding machine from KraussMaffei's all-electric PX series will be exhibited at booth 3925.

“Until now, customers have been forced to decide between low-budget and high-end designs,” Hans Ulrich Golz, Managing Director of KraussMaffei and President of the company’s injection molding machinery segment, told PlasticsToday at the K show. “KraussMaffei is now presenting the first all-electric machines on the market that the customer may tailor to specific manufacturing needs in the modular principle in the hydraulic area.”

The commercial success of the machine has been such that KraussMaffei has struggled to meet demand at times. "The demand is enormous, especially from customers located in Germany, but also from those in the USA and China," said Golz at Fakuma. In order to meet the high demand, KraussMaffei said that it wants to double production capacity of the PX series in 2018.

KraussMaffei basically has transferred the popular modular concept of its hydraulic series to the all-electric PX, reported PlasticsToday when the machine was introduced. The result is a new machine series that takes modularity to new heights. This includes configuring the machine with larger platens, faster injection speeds, more ejector force and the ability to be operated with food-grade lubricants. There are a total of 44 unique combinations, said KraussMaffei.

Numerous other injection molding machine makers, as well as tool builders and suppliers of injection molding and other plastics processing services, will exhibit at PLASTEC West. The event comes to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, on Feb. 6 to 8. 

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