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09-23-2019

Product Family Completely United

KraussMaffei at K 2019

The DataXplorer can be used for monitoring not only the ‧injection molding process but also extrusion lines and reactive processes (© KraussMaffei)

The DataXplorer can be used for monitoring not only the ‧injection molding process but also extrusion lines and reactive processes (© KraussMaffei)

KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, Munich, Germany, is concentrating on the topic of digitalization. Its focus is on the question of how production that has grown organically, with older legacy machinery from different manufacturers, can be integrated into a networked manufacturing environment. A digital retrofit allows older machines to be upgraded. Depending on the available IT structure, they can thereby save process data via a gateway PC in the cloud or close to the network by means of an edge PC.

The advantages for customers, according to KraussMaffei, are quality improvement, production control as well as higher efficiency due to the reduction of maintenance, energy, material and personnel costs. To elucidate the injection molding process in its entirety, KraussMaffei has, for example, the preconfigured DataXplorer data storage, which can process up to 500 different measured values per second. The system not only acquires machine data, such as the screw path or cylinder temperatures, but also data from different ancillary equipment or from pre- or post-processing steps.

“Social Production” App Solution

For process monitoring across different manufacturers, the Munich team has developed the “Social Production” app solution. The machine operator is provided with alarm and threshold values, which help to identify faults at an early stage while choosing condition-based maintenance intervals. The name is taken from an (industrial) messenger system contained in the system, which is intended to simplify communication in production by replacing private messenger systems. The complete integration of the Netstal machine series into the KraussMaffei family is entirely new. The customer advantages result especially from a standardization of the sales organization. In addition, KraussMaffei hopes to unleash stronger synergies in the field of packaging and health technologies.

Packaging Applications

Two examples of packaging applications can be seen live at the trade fair booth. A GX series machine, which was presented for the first time with a clamping force of 11,000 kN, produces buckets with 20 l capacity (shot weight: 1.5 kg) in two cavities in about 14 s. The HPS (high-performance screw) barrier screw for polyolefins, due to the large L/D ratio of 26 permits a particularly rapid melting and high shot weights. The neighboring machine of the Netstal Elios line manufactures six thin-wall cups in parallel in 3.5 s. Both products are labeled by the IML (in-mold labeling) process.

Health Technology

In the field of health technology, with the manufacture of syringes on a Netstal Elion 800 equipped with a 16-cavity mold, the emphasis is on a high-speed application. An innovation here is the inline printing of syringe bodies of COC. Manufacturers profit from the lower logistics expenditure and the reduced risk in the process and logistics chain. In addition, an all-electric PX 25 from KraussMaffei manufactures a micro-membrane of liquid silicone rubber (LSR) weighing 0.3 g. The APC plus assistance system ensures that the shot weight is kept highly constant.

K 2019: Hall 15, booth C24

Company profile

KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH

Krauss-Maffei-Str. 2
DE 80997 München
Tel.: 089 8899-0
Fax: 089 8899-2206

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