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At K 2013, Engel says its 25 machine exhibits focused on the future buzz topics of the global injection molding industry. Specifically, the company says that visitors were interested to learn more about the new Engel CC 300 control unit generation.

PlasticsToday Staff

November 4, 2013

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K 2013: Engel focused on future ‘buzz’ topics of injection molding

At K 2013, Engel says its 25 machine exhibits focused on the future buzz topics of the global injection molding industry. Specifically, the company says that visitors were interested to learn more about the new Engel CC 300 control unit generation.

"At K 2013, we experienced a totally positive willingness to invest," said Peter Neumann, CEO of the Engel Group. "Our forecasts were more than fulfilled. The investment climate is excellent internationally. And we were really pleased to see ENGEL_K_2013_Stand_1_V.jpgthat the upward trend in North America was reinforced at K 2013. This is not only evidenced by the willingness of North American companies to invest, but also by the clear trend toward high-tech products."

CC 300 control unit generation

Many trade fair visitors took this opportunity to try out the new control unit generation by Engel first hand. The company says that the visitors experienced a "totally new control solution that still looked familiar at first glance."

"Devices like our smartphones, which we use every day, acted as the role models for developing the user interface," Neumann said. "At the same time, the central control element, e-move, helps us give a feel for the machine back to the operators. With this unique combination, the CC 300 sets a new trend for the entire industry."

As process integration and automation increases, the complexity of the production process rises, and this poses increasingly tough challenges for control technology. The more intuitive and convenient the control unit is, the more safely and efficiently the production system can work. "The control unit has become an important factor of efficiency in integrated and automated system solutions," Neumann said.

Near-production solutions for lightweight composites

Of all the industry-specific solutions on display, the company says that the automotive exhibits attracted the majority of visitors to the Engel trade fair booth.

Focusing on lightweight design technologies, Engel gave trade fair visitors a sneak preview of current research projects. For example, Engel, in collaboration with partner ZF-Friedrichshafen, has "established another milestone" in the form of the first one-shot process for the production of composite brake pedals in Düsseldorf, and in two different ways. Firstly, the production cell displayed at the fair, which is nearly production-ready, achieved previously unknown productivity figures, and secondly with the geometrically and load-optimized component, which proves that fiber composite materials can also replace steel in safety-relevant areas.

But it was not only the automotive applications at the Engel booth that made the extent clear to which process integration and automation can offer a competitive advantage, the company said. Under the Engel plus banner, the machine manufacturer showcased its service products and services at K 2013 in a separate exhibition area. In great demand: the new Engel protect and Engel protect+ maintenance packages, which the company says make maintenance costs for injection molding machines and system solutions calculable from the start.

"Our aim is to lead the field globally when it comes to creating customer benefit," Neumann said. 

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