Engel 2015 HL Awards for Three Companies
Engel Austria GmbH, Schwertberg, periodically honors outstanding applications with the Engel HL Award. Three companies were honored at the design center in Linz on the evening of 16 June during the 2015 Engel Symposium. The 2015 HL Awards went to Hengst Automotive, Gardena and Schneegans.
It was the eighth time Engel recognized applications that make excellent use of the advantages of the company's injection molding machines with tie-bar-less clamping units. For the first time, the prizes were awarded in three categories: "Efficient use of the mould area", "Innovative process integration" and "Economical automation concept". 27 plastics processing firms from 14 countries applied for the internationally coveted distinction this year. All the applications submitted were scrutinized closely by the jury, who then discussed the respective advantages and compared them to the use of conventional machines with tie-bars. The jury traditionally consists of three representatives from the areas of university research, industry and the trade press.
Winner in the category "Efficient use of the mould area" is Hengst SE & Co. KG, which is headquartered in Münster, Germany. They developed a thermoplastic solution made from polyamide reinforced with glass fiber for fabricating oil filter module bases that are used in various Audi and Volkswagen four-cylinder diesel engines. The single-cavity mold has altogether eight core pulls, which account for its considerable size. The bases are made on an Engel victory 3550/450 tech injection molding machine with a clamping force of 4,500 kN.
The 2015 Engel HL Award in the "Innovative process integration" category has been given to Gardena Manufacturing GmbH in the southern German municipality of Gerstetten, a company of the Husqvarna Group. Since January of this year, an Engel victory 740H/310W/400 WP combi injection molding machine has been used for the production of connectors for garden hoses which at 20 million units per year are the components with the highest production volume at Gardena. Only the tie-bar-less clamping unit makes it possible to combine maximum precision with very short cycle times in the newly developed two-component process.
Winner of the "Economical automation concept" category of the 2015 Engel HL Awards is Schneegans Freudenberg Silicon GmbH, Losenstein, Austria. Schneegans uses projectile injection technology (PIT) to produce more than 3 million oil level measurement modules every year for BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, Seat, Audi and Skoda. Every 45 to 50 seconds, two completely assembled units are ejected from a fully automated production cell, the core of which is a tie-bar-less Engel victory 400 tech injection molding machine. Four integrated multi-axis robots share the tasks of inserting the projectiles, removing the molded parts from the mold, detaching the overflow cavities, printing on the front of the funnels, fitting O-rings, assembling oil sleeves and dipsticks, leak testing and packaging the finished modules.
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