Energy Efficiency and Process Optimization for Elastomer Injection Molding
With its EFE injection system, LWB Steinl GmbH & Co. KG in Altdorf, Germany, has developed an energy-saving solution for the injection molding of elastomers. During injection, the method converts kinetic energy into additional thermal energy through controlled shear in the rubber compound. The resulting temperature increase causes the vulcanizing process to get started and finished faster. Without affecting the manufactured article’s quality, the necessary heating time is reduced between 30 and 50 %.
The process optimization software "Jidoka P 101" from CAS – a north German developer of process technology – enables e. g. batch variations to be monitored. The software evaluates the influence on component quality, and makes suggestions for process optimization. The quality of the molded parts is documented online by a testing device integrated in the machine, whereby the device can determine the dynamic and static material properties non-destructively.
Hall 14, booth A68
LWB Landshuter Werkzeugbau Alfred Steinl GmbH & Co. KG
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