Grohe, a German manufacturer of sanitary fittings, showers and installation systems, has commissioned its 100th KraussMaffei injection molding machine.
The hydraulic two-platen machine CX 80-380 with clamping force of 800kN is part of a new, economical production line at Grohe's Porta Westfalica, Germany facility for the manufacture of the latest generation of Grohe drain valves.
"We have benefited from the innovative products and the tailored service provided by KraussMaffei for decades. We are now delighted that the 100th injection molding machine from our long-term partner is now at our factory in Porta Westfalica," said Thomas Fuhr, Member of the Board of Management at Grohe AG.
The first injection machine was delivered to Grohe in 1981.
There are today in total 37 KraussMaffei injection molding machines at the Porta Westfalica location, producing 24/7 continuously.
Grohe also sees a clear additional benefit in the APC (Adaptive Process Control) function. All KraussMaffei machines are today equipped with this new machine function. They have thus been able to deal perfectly with the batch fluctuations of up to 17% of the basic material.
Also with regard to the anniversary machine CX 80-380, on which float flaps are made from polyoxymethylene (POM), the compensating properties of the APC function prove beneficial.