Planters on MAXIMA monosandwich machines

Acceptance of large-scale machines by Geobra Brandstätter at Ferromatik Milacron

(PresseBox) ( Malterdingen, )
Injection molding machine manufacturer Ferromatik Milacron played host to distinguished visitors: Robert Benker, technical director at Geobra Brandstätter in the Frankish Zirndorf, came with his team to Malterdingen to accept four large-scale MAXIMA series machines of similar design with 13,000 kN clamping force and vertical monosandwich unit. The machines will leave the Malterdingen works in March to start producing planters in the Dietenhofen works for the Lechuza brand.

Geobra Brandstätter s decision to buy was especially influenced by Ferromatik Milacron s patented monosandwich process which is ideally suited for planters with large surfaces up to one meter high. "The distribution of skin and core components with the monosandwich process is superior to that of comparable processes. Our aim is to also offer these planters unpainted at an attractive price in order to reach a wider range of customers", says Benker.

The four MAXIMA machines have been set up for universal application. A maximum distance of 4,000 mm between platens allows the installation of molds with a large installation height, which would normally require appreciably larger machines with a clamping force of 23,000 kN. The machines are also equipped with two barrier screws for optimum color mix and melt homogeneity. "This special equipment for the MAXIMA makes it possible to produce our entire range of planters on these machines - whether rectangular, square, round or column-shaped. Also produced on the machines will be the completely new, trendy and technically complex Cottage planter with a replicated braided surface.

Even at first glance the four king-size MAXIMA machines in the form of total system solutions are impressive. Stairs on the operator side lead to the working platform. From there one has access to the vertical monosandwich unit, material conveying and dosing unit for fast color change. From the working platform one has an overview of the entire machine, also maintenance and repair work is easy to carry out. The rear section of the working platform above the non-operating side is used as station for up to six different grippers of the free-arm Kuka robot by SAR. After being extracted the planters are set down in the manufacturing cell, separated from the sprue, and have a hole drilled in the base which is fitted with a thread and a sealing screw. The screw in the base allows surplus rainwater to be drained off when the planter is used in the open air. The conveyor then removes the components ready for dispatch.

Geobra Brandstätter is famous for its Playmobil toys. In 2007 total sales of the Brandstätter group rose by 14 percent to 459 million euros. The new Lechuza brand contributed 22 million euros and recorded an increase in sales of 79 percent.
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