Austria's Wittmann Group celebrated its 40th anniversary with a party at the Viennese exhibition center in Vienna from June 8-9.
In 1976, Dr. Werner Wittmann founded today's Wittmann Kunststoffgeräte GmbH, producing at first flow controller and then temperature controllers. In 1983, robots were added, followed by the production of dryers, material loading systems, granulators and metering devices.
The takeover of Battenfeld Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH in 2008 enlarged the company's product range to include injection molding machines.
At its 40th anniversary celebration, following a keynote presentation by Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann, Managing Director of PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V., on "Key Driver for Sustainability" and an show act, the Wittmann Group presented to its guests its innovative products on 8 and 9 June at the Viennese exhibition center.
A novelty was the new UNILOG B8 control system generation for injection molding machines, which, with a 21.5" monitor screen, offers simplified intuitive operation with a multi-touch screen.
The new control system was in operation on a machine from the all-electric EcoPower series, an EcoPower 110/350, on which a fuel cap was produced from PA in a two-cavity mold supplied by Reutter. A Wittmann W818 robot handled parts removal and depositing.
Two more exhibits were also equipped with the new B8 control system, a SmartPower 120/350 Medical and a MacroPower 1100/8800, which were demonstrated on a company tour in Kottingbrunn, Austria.
Another highlight of the event was the MicroPower 15/10H/10H, the first multi-component model of the MicroPower series from Wittmann Battenfeld designed for injection molding of small and micro parts.
On this machine, equipped with two parallel injection units and a rotary disk, a two-component micro part made of POM was manufactured with a single-cavity mold supplied by Ortofon.
The machine was also equipped with a fully automatic camera system and a W8VS4 Scara robot from Wittmann for fully automatic parts removal.
More premiere followed as Wittmann Battenfeld presented its new servo-hydraulic SmartPower range, a SmartPower 240/1330. For the first time an application using both the CELLMOULD structured foam process and BFMOLD mold technology was demonstrated on a servo-hydraulic SmartPower by producing a panel for the automotive industry with a high-gloss surface.
The parts were removed and deposited on a conveyor belt by a Wittmann robot from the new pro series, a W833 pro.