Battenfeld Wittmann at Fakuma 2009: new injection mouldings series EcoPower

Battenfeld Wittmann at Fakuma…
Energy and cost savings is the motto these days. With the first presentation of its new all-electric EcoPower machine series, Wittmann Battenfeld is right on target. From 13 -17 October, visitors to the Fakuma in Friedrichshafen will be able to experience this novelty first hand at the booth of the Wittmann group. In addition to this exhibition highlight, a high-speed packaging line and a multi-component application will be shown.

With a joint booth at the trade fair, the two companies of the Wittmann group underscore their common philosophy of “everything from a single source”. Applications from the automotive, electronics and packaging industries are on display. The premiere of the high-performance, energy-efficient all-electric EcoPower machine series will take center stage at this year’s show.

At the booth of the Wittmann group, the curtain will be raised for the first time on EcoPower, the new generation of all-electric machines. With this new development, Wittmann Battenfeld is presenting impressive evidence of its more than 20 years of experience in the area of all-electric machines.

EcoPower, Battenfeld Wittmann

The EcoPower series scores above all with a compact, beltless injection unit and the clean design of its clamping units with direct drives. The braking energy of the drives, which is normally wasted or recovered by an elaborate process, is utilized inside the machine with the EcoPower.

To achieve maximum customer benefit, the EcoPower series comes in a modular design and is preconfigured. This enables the machines to be laid out for standard high-precision injection molding, as well as clean room technology and high-speed applications.

The performance features just mentioned will be presented on an EcoPower 110/350, manufacturing a housing cover. The parts are removed and deposited on a conveyor belt by a Wittmann robot from the W821 series, which is fully integrated in the Unilog B6 machine control system. With the new EcoPower series, temperature control devices and material dryers can be mechanically integrated directly into the machine frame, which saves extra costs for space.

Moreover, the entire peripheral equipment is set, visualized directly and data stored via the machine’s control system.

On an HM MK 240/1330H/210S, Wittmann Battenfeld will demonstrate the production of a 2-component sealing element (JP Grosfilley) from PP/TPE for the BMW Mini Cooper within a cycle time of 30 seconds. Thanks to the space-saving configuration of the injection units (horizontal, diagonal) the W823 Wittmann robot for the removal of finished parts can be mounted on top of the fixed platen.

In the ‘insider solution’ on display, the finished parts are deposited on a conveyor belt integrated in the machine frame. This significantly reduces the machine’s footprint, resulting in further cost cutting.

The operation of the robot is particularly user-friendly. In addition to a manual control device, the robot can be operated completely via the Unilog B6 machine control system.

This exhibit is also equipped with power factor correction, which achieves substantial cost savings through a combined reduction of reactive and effective power. Wittmann Battenfeld offers a wide range of custom-made optional packages and combination possibilities for its multi-component series. Its know-how, which has been developed over many years, includes all process variants, such as multi-color, multi-component, assembly and sandwich injection molding.

The TM Xpress, presented for the first time in 2008, has met with a very positive response from the market. In combination with a Wittmann IML tool and Wittmann automation equipment, it stands as a synonym for the Wittmann group’s philosophy of “everything from a single source”.

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