Plastics Technology

OCT 2018

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tion of clocked assembly-line production of EcoPower all-electric and SmartPower servohydraulic presses up to 400 metric tons, supplementing previous use of this approach for machines up to 180 m.t. Other renovations this year include assembly-line production of injection units and expansion of the MacroPower large-machine production area from seven to 12 assembly stations. And since the start of 2018, Wittmann Battenfeld has added a QR code to the ID plate of each machine, which can be scanned by In June, over 1400 guests from 48 countries attended the two-day celebration of Wittmann's acquisition of Battenfeld to form Wittmann Battenfeld, a company with a unique portfolio ranging from injection molding machines and robots to chillers, TCU's, dryers, blenders, hopper loaders, and granulators. Held at the company's headquarters in Kottingbrunn, Austria, the event was an occasion to show off newly expanded and revamped machinery production facili- ties as well as a number of the company's newest devel- opments and some still in the works. Among the latter was an overview of an ongoing research project into the "autonomous injec- tion molding of the future," based on a machine that performs its own inline quality control and adjusts itself accordingly—all on a hands-off basis. In an era when machine builders and their customers are bemoaning long lead times, Wittmann Battenfeld (wittmann-group.com) presented its extensive program of new construction and renovation at its facili- ties around the world. This included two expansions last year, totaling 23,130 ft 2 of new production space and construction of a new development tech center that was due for completion this summer. Renovations this year aimed at streamlining production include implementa- By Matt Naitove Executive Editor Visit the Injection Molding Zone. Technology Showcase at Wittmann Battenfeld's 10th Anniversary Event New injection machines, robots, auxiliaries, and software highlighted the two-day gala, along with some peeks at the future of "smart factories." Wittmann Battenfeld's 10th anniversary event featured a preview of the new VPower line of vertical presses with only two tiebars, leaving the center of the turntable free for media service lines. QUESTIONS ABOUT INJECTION MOLDING? 12 OCTOBER 2018 Plastics Technology PTonline.com I N J E C T I O N M O L D I N G Close -Up On Technolog y

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