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Dieter Jackel (left), Wittmann Battenfeld salesman with Jonas Åkesson (middle), owner-manager of Metak, and Frank Hoffmann, Sales Manager at Metak in front of the SmartPower 60 with insider cell delivered last year.
Dieter Jackel (left), Wittmann Battenfeld salesman with Jonas Åkesson (middle), owner-manager of Metak, and Frank Hoffmann, Sales Manager at Metak in front of the SmartPower 60 with insider cell delivered last year.
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Germany-based Metak, which makes high quality plastic parts for a variety of applications, hails the cost-efficiency and low energy consumption of Wittmann Battenfeld's injection molding machines.

Under the motto of "plastics in top form", Metak, which was founded in 1933, supplies technical parts to a number of industries, such as heating, furniture and automotive.

In addition to individual parts, Metak also makes complete assemblies. Various processes are used on the parts as finishing steps, such as hot stamping, varnishing or laser printing.

The company also has its own mold making shop, shop, where primarily repairs, maintenance work and adaptations are carried out on tooling. Mold design and engineering take place in-house too.

Some 1,500 different products with weights ranging from 0.5g to 6kg are delivered mainly to the European market, primarily to Germany.

To improve both productivity and product quality, Metak is currently working on introducing continuous flow production to make arm rests, and also on increasing the degree of automation.

To manufacture its parts, Metak uses a total of 50 injection molding machines with clamping forces ranging from 250-13,000kN, among which are several older models of the hydraulic HM series and toggle lever machines of the TM series from Wittmann Battenfeld, as well as three machines from the servo-hydraulic SmartPower series.

These are a SmartPower 25/130 with 250kN clamping force equipped with a WP80 sprue picker from Wittmann, a SmartPower 60/350 with 600kN clamping force and a SmartPower 210/1330 with 2,100kN clamping force.

The two latter machines are equipped with an insider cell, which means that the parts removal robots, a W808 and a W821 respectively, a conveyor belt and other peripherals for upstream and downstream production steps are compactly integrated inside the injection molding machines.

This solution saves space and improves material flow. Moreover, shorter total robot cycle times is achieved due to shorter traveling distances and direct parts depositing on the conveyor belt.

Jonas Åkesson, Metak's Owner-Manager, praised the cost-efficiency and low energy consumption of the servo-hyraulic SmartPower injection molding machines, made possible by a combination of fast-responding servo motors and powerful constant displacement pumps.

"As a company with environmental certification, the issue of energy use is very important for us. The three new SmartPower machines perfectly meet our expectations for state-of-the-art injection molding technology in that respect."

Since some parts of Metak's production floor are built above a basement, the compact machine design, in combination with insider cells, meet the requirements of Metak.

A particular benefit according to Åkesson is the good accessibility of the machines, a distinctive feature by which, in his opinion, , the SmartPower machines with their freely accessible, pivotable injection unit set themselves apart from other models.

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