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Schematic diagram of material viscosity-driven injection control.
Schematic diagram of material viscosity-driven injection control.
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At the K 2019, WITTMANN BATTENFELD will exhibit its products and applications under the motto “Enjoy Innovation” for the first time in hall 15. With an additional 120 m² of exhibition space at its disposal, the company will now be presenting its innovative technologies and applications.

Apart from further development and optimization of machinery and equipment, this is achieved primarily through the development and continuous improvement of the adaptive HiQ application and process technologies and use of ultra-modern software systems and technologies to enable the integration of machines, robots, auxiliary appliances and MES systems via WITTMANN 4.0, plus sensor systems for machine condition monitoring, abbreviated CMS.

Furthermore, the company is working together with partners on processing materials which at the end of their product life are 100% recyclable and/or completely degradable.

Key topic: intelligent machines with adaptive algorithms

The main theme of WITTMANN BATTENFELD’s presentation at the K 2019 is to showcase intelligent machines with adaptive algorithms, which adjust themselves to the ambient conditions.

This will be demonstrated with an all-electric EcoPower 55/350 equipped with the software packages HiQ-Flow, HiQ-Melt and HiQ-Metering. A W918 robot from WITTMANN and all auxiliary appliances connected with the machine, as well as the TEMI+ MES system, are integrated in the machine’s UNILOG B8 control system via WITTMANN 4.0.

The production cell linked together via the WITTMANN 4.0 router is thus able to check whether the connected auxiliaries are sufficient for the selected product data set, or if additional equipment is needed.

Launches new VPower COMBIMOULD model with special automation package

At the K 2019, WITTMANN BATTENFELD will show its latest further development of the vertical machine in PowerSeries design in the multi-component version.

On a VPower 120/130H/210V, a plug made of PA and TPE for the automotive industry will be manufactured with a 2+2-cavity mold. The complete automation system for the machine is designed by WITTMANN BATTENFELD Deutschland in Nuremberg.

In this application, a Scara robot and a WX142 linear robot from WITTMANN are used, which insert the wrap pins, transfer the preforms, then remove and deposit the finished parts.

Introduction of new EcoPower Xpress in medical version

Another new product at this year’s K will be a high-speed EcoPower Xpress 160/1100+ in a medical version. On this machine with 1,600 kN clamping force, PET blood tubes will be produced with a 48-cavity mold. To meet the stringent requirements for PET plasticizing, this machine has been equipped with a modified high-performance screw.

In addition, a special drying hopper has been mounted above the injection unit, where the granulate is dried by a frequency-controlled DRYMAX 300 dryer from WITTMANN. The tubes will be removed from the mold and deposited in transport boxes by the new WITTMANN high-speed robot.

Another medical technology application will be demonstrated on a machine from the MicroPower series from WITTMANN BATTENFELD designed for the production of micro parts in the clean-room version. Using a MicroPower 15/10 with 150 kN clamping force, a micro retaining ring for medical miniature tubes will be produced from PC with an 8-cavity mold. This product has a part weight of only 2 mg.

Lightweight technology for automotive industry

CELLMOULD module on a MacroPower 1100.With an example from the automotive industry, WITTMANN BATTENFELD will demonstrate at the K 2019 its competence in CELLMOULD structured foam technology, which enables the production of extremely light-weight parts as are required primarily in the automotive industry to reduce fuel consumption and/or increase the battery range.

A second application for the automotive industry will be presented on a machine from the SmartPower series in XL configuration. With a SmartPower 240 XL, a module for a car headliner with a functional surface will be produced with a single-cavity mold.

 Medical valve made of LSR.Meanwhile, the company will show other solutions at the show:

  • LSR application on EcoPower 160: Producing a valve for medical technology from an LSR formulation on a machine of its all-electric EcoPower series, an EcoPower 160/350, with a 16-cavity mold.
  • Recycling economy with a product from the packaging industry: Presenting one of its current projects jointly with a partner company. At the booth, cosmetic jars with lids will be manufactured from a material completely based on natural ingredients on an EcoPower 240/1100H/130L COMBIMOULD using a 4+4-cavity mold.
  • TEMI+: TEMI+, which is able to work with injection molding machines as well as robots and auxiliary appliances around the machines, will be presenting.

In addition, WITTMANN BATTENFELD will demonstrate its wide range of machines at other companies’ booths.

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