Integration of Functions in a Confined Space
This year, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, Munich, Germany, has shifted the focus onto small machines of the AX and CX series. All-electric injection molding machines of the AX series are characterized by high energy efficiency of Class 9+ and their precisely repeatable mode of operation. The Munich-based machine manufacturer demonstrates this with its very small all-electric production cell, an AX 50-180, for the production of a polystyrene soap stick container. The optimized 5-point toggle, efficient servo motors and smooth-running mechanical systems ensures that the machine operates with high efficiency. A flow monitor integrated in the MC6 machine control system, for the cooling/temperature control water, contributes to zero-fault production and documents the process values for mold temperature control.
The watchword of the Blue Competence campaign initiated by the VDMA is "functional integration." Against this background, KraussMaffei, together with Gebr. Krallmann GmbH, Hiddenhausen, Germany, and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV), Aachen, Germany, presents a technique for integrating circuits with key functions directly into a thermoplastic part on a CX 80 Hybrid injection molding machine. For the production of the two-component part, the IMKS process (integrated plastic-metal injection molding) is used. The metal processing unit, modified for this purpose by the mold partner Krallmann, can be particularly easily positioned in the generously sized mold space of the injection molding machine. The principle behind the CX Hybrid series is to combine the advantages of the compact hydraulic clamping unit (two-platen technique), with those of the electrically driven injection unit (Fig.). This offers a high precision during injection, and is capable of performing plastication in parallel with the mold movement. The new "BluePower Drive," in conjunction with the hybrid injection unit, reduces the energy consumption despite the high power density, according to the manufacturer.
Fakuma Hall A7, booth 7303/7304
KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH
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