It All Comes Down to Money

Ferromatik Milacron Brings Comprehensive Savings Program at Fakuma: Energy, Investment, Materials, and Service

(PresseBox) ( Malterdingen, )
At Fakuma, in Friedrichshafen from October 14 through 18, 2008, Ferromatik Milacron (booth B3-3203) is presenting a comprehensive approach to savings: encompassing energy, investment, materials, and service. Four exhibits - including the ELEKTRA selection 110, CAP-TEC 200 XL, MAXIMA 650 MSW and Ferromatik Milacron's new TELESERVICE remote machine management - each demonstrate specific examples of cost reduction measures for injection molders. The focus on savings is symbolized by oversized coins hanging above the booth. Even from afar, visitors can see which cost saving opportunities are represented at each exhibit:

Investment Cost Savings with the ELEKTRA selection 110 The ELEKTRA selection is a new special model in Ferromatik Milacron's all-electric series, featuring a pre-selected list of optional equipment. This special model offers proven technology at a reasonable price and is available with a short delivery time. The new machine offers the same high-quality standard components as the ELEKTRA evolution. A list of practical options allows injection molders to customize the ELEKTRA selection for their specific requirements. The new special model is available in clamping force sizes of 500, 750, and 1,100 kN - each with a choice of three high-performance injection units for a total of nine combinations. Manufactured in Germany, pricing for the ELEKTRA selection starts at 54,100 ¤. Delivery is within six to eight weeks.At Fakuma Ferromatik Milacron is demonstrating an ELEKTRA selection 110 with a clamping force of 1,100 kN used to manufacture 3.5-gram insulin caps. Visitors can see this medical technology part produced on an 8-cavity mold from Kistler with a cycle time of 13 seconds.

Energy Cost Savings with the CAP-TEC 200 XL
The CAP-TEC hybrid injection molding machine for caps and closures was successfully introduced in the market in 2006 - a special model in the K-TEC series. In the meantime, the new model has come of age and the line has been extended with a new XL-version for general packaging applications. The CAP-TEC XL special model is a long-stroke version with an extra large opening movement and is available in three clamping force sizes: 2,000, 3,000 and 4,000 kN.

Ferromatik Milacron's new GreenLine package is being demonstrated at this exhibit. The GreenLine package is built upon three elements: energy-efficient drive technology, intelligent accumulator management, and energy consumption measurement. The first of these is provided by an energy-efficient class EFF 1 motor. Alongside the efficient electric screw drive, the CAP-TEC XL comes standard with energy-optimized accumulator management. The hydraulic accumulator is filled only as much as required for the current application. The GreenLine package helps to avoid costly energy peaks by preventing parallel functions when they are not strictly required. Finally, the GreenLine package includes a module for monitoring energy consumption, including active and idle power from the MOSAIC control panel.

At Fakuma Ferromatik Milacron will be showing a CAP-TEC 200 XL with a clamping force of 2,000 kN producing the spout of a closure weighing 3 grams. This packaging application is being done with a 48-cavity semi hot runner mold from Seaquist Löffler and a cycle time of 8 seconds.

Material Cost Savings with the MAXIMA 650 MSW
A MAXIMA 650 MSW with a clamping force of 6,500 kN is demonstrating Ferromatik Milacron's patented monosandwich process. The machine is equipped with a standard international size 6,610 injection unit and a vertically-mounted international size 2,290 monosandwich unit. Using a single cavity mold from Geobra Brandstätter - makers of the internationally famous Playmobil toys - this monosandwich machine will be used to produce Lechuza brand planters weighing 1,675 grams with a cycle time of 135 seconds. Material costs are reduced by the use of foamed material for the core of the part.

The monosandwich process is a simple variation on multi-component technology. In the first step, the inexpensive core material is plasticized in the standard injection unit. Following this the monosandwich unit introduces the high quality surface material into the injection unit barrel of the standard injection unit. Thus the two components can be injected into the cavity in the same stroke. The surface material is distributed evenly around the mold and the core material follows directly, filling the cavity.

Service Cost Savings with TELESERVICE TELESERVICE
is a new offering from Ferromatik Milacron, providing remote-maintenance of machines and optimization of production processes. With this service machine data and parameters can be analyzed and modified from Ferromatik Milacron's main facility in Malterdingen, Germany. Since no technician needs to travel to the customer's facility to perform these services, both time and additional costs are saved.TELESERVICE works like this: customers request the service on the Ferromatik Milacron web site. Once the customer authorizes Ferromatik Milacron to access the machine, the work can begin. Thanks to high bandwidth, the Ethernet-based TELESERVICE guarantees a fast connection between the service technician and the customer as well as providing exceptional security with an IPsec-based VPN tunnel.

Fakuma will get a live demonstration of TELESERVICE using the CAP-TEC 200 XL and MAXIMA 650 MSW exhibits mentioned above. From a computer in the TELESERVICE area a connection to the two machines will be established, allowing visitors to see for themselves the many possibilities of this advanced new service.

Accessories for Golf, Parties, and Playtime
Visitors to Fakuma can see more Ferromatik Milacron machines at three partner booths. At Berger (A2-2211) golfers can get their money's worth: an ELEKTRA selection 50 with a clamping force of 500 kN and an 8-cavity ZHW mold will be producing golf tees in a cycle time of 9.8 seconds. Ewikon (A2-2203) will produce party skewers using an 8-cavity Ewikon mold in a cycle time of 25 seconds on an ELEKTRA selection 75 with a clamping force of 750 kN. Playmobil fans (or their parents!) should stop by the ONI booth (A5-5104): a K-TEC 85 with a clamping force of 850 kN will be producing Playmobil horses on a 4+4-cavity mold from Geobra Brandstätter with a cycle time of 60 seconds.
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