Wittmann Battenfeld with full Power at the Plast in Milan

After the QR code has been scanned in, the next bag produced will be separated and transferred to a station where it is laser-printed. After the fair, the production data of the “personalized bag” can still be retrieved by scanning the QR code for another fortnight. Handling of the bags will be effected by a Wittmann W843 pro robot equipped with the R8 control system.

To illustrate the integration of robots and peripheral appliances into the Unilog B8 machine control system, an interactive display board will also be exhibited at the Plast, which will allow visitors to test the advantages of Wittmann 4.0 themselves.

Automation and peripheral appliances from Wittmann

Apart from the robots and peripherals incorporated in the injection molding machines, Wittmann Battenfeld will also present a wide range of peripheral appliances as stand-alone solutions.

The Plast 2018 also serves as an important platform to present the large number of new Wittmann robot models. In addition to the robots integrated in the production cells, the following new appliances will be showcased for the Italian market: the small Primus 14 model with an unbeatable price/performance ratio, specially designed for the automation of small machines, the bestseller W918 with 6 kg load capacity and the new R9 control system; the robot models WX143 with 15 kg load capacity and the large WX163 with 45 kg load capacity will also be on display at the booth.

All robots with R9 control systems are equipped with servo-driven A/C and/or B/C axes. The R9 control system features some new visualization options, an integrated “digital twin” for easy and safe testing of sequences, a display panel, now enlarged to 10.1” with multi-touch attributes, and special step keys for machine setting. The R9 teachbox still offers the well-known programming help functions such as TextEditor, QuickEdit and the wizard for automatic programming. This ensures full backward compatibility with existing older control systems from Wittmann.

The peripherals to be shown at the Plast Milan include the temperature controller models Tempro basic C and Tempro plus D. On an interactive display, the functionality of the frequency-controlled temperature controllers Tempro plus D SpeedDrive with the intelligent Flowcon plus flow controller will also be illustrated. The interaction and automatic adjustment of the flow quantity and the motor speed of the pump will be clearly demonstrated, whenever there are any changes in the cooling channels or the operator alters the set temperature level.

Moreover, the Drymax primus E dryers will be shown at the Plast, each equipped with two desiccant cartridges, which deliver a continuous supply of process air and consistent drying air quality for perfect drying of plastic granulate, as well as a Gravimax G14 gravimetric blender, with high-precision, wear-resistant stainless steel valves used for metering, and a Dosimax MC Basic volumetric blender. Furthermore, material loaders from the Feedmax plus G and Feedmax B series with teachbox will be on display. The range will be rounded off by a Codemax coupling station for error-free material distribution to the processing machines and an M7.3 demo control system for the central material transport system.

Finally, two models from the granulator range of the Wittmann Group will also be presented, that is, a Minor 2 screenless beside-the press granulator and a G-Max 12 grinder. The G-max granulators run efficiently with low energy consumption and modest space requirements. They come with a sound-insulated cutting chamber, which minimizes their noise emission.

Source: Wittmann Battenfeld