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EcoPower - the perfect solution for medical technology applications
WITTMANN BATTENFELD at K 2010
The first machine of the EcoPower series, an EcoPower 110, was on display at the Fakuma 2009. In the meantime, the series has been extended by adding both smaller and larger models and is now available in clamping forces from 55 to 240 t. The company's customers appreciate the EcoPower above all for its cleanness, energy-efficiency and compact design.
Thanks to its modular concept, the standard version of the machine can be specially equipped for a great variety of applications, such as high-speed applications or highprecision injection molding under clean-room conditions.
EcoPower - predestined for medical technology
Apart from its energy-efficiency, high speed and compact design, the main factors attracting special attention from the medical industry are the EcoPower's process reliability and clean-room compatibility.
The EcoPower's process reliability and high speed are mainly due to the direct drive of the injection unit via a circulating ball spindle, which minimizes transmission loss and enables exact control and repeatability of the metering and injection processes. The precise, efficient toggle drive of the clamping unit features high dynamism, positioning accuracy and energy-efficiency as well.
The EcoPower's special suitability for clean-room applications is based on a number of criteria:
Firstly, all-electric machines such as the new EcoPower emit considerably less radiation heat than hydraulic machines, which not only reduces their energy consumption, but also significantly increases the suitability of this equipment for precisely tempered and air-conditioned clean-room environments compared to hydraulic machines.
Secondly, the EcoPower contains only direct drives rather than belt drives. All guide systems installed are roller guides instead of conventional sliding guides. This prevents the unavoidable particle emissions of belt drives and sliding guides.
The remote function of the B6 control system also allows moving the operation of the machine to a position outside the clean-room area.
Finally, a high standard of cleanness in the EcoPower is achieved by smooth surfaces, which are easy to clean, together with stainless steel covers and nickelplated clamping plates.
The EcoPower is also available with a closed-loop water cooling system as an option, to prevent air turbulence.
At K 2010, the EcoPower's functioning as a clean-room machine is demonstrated with an EcoPower 180/750, on which a medical technology component for a dialysis machine, an FX 50 flange, is produced from PP within a cycle time of 20 seconds with a 4-cavity mold supplied by Braunform GmbH (Germany). To enable the machine to manufacture parts under clean-room conditions, it has been equipped with a laminar flow module from Petek (Germany) above the clamping side. A horizontal, clean room-compatible SCARA robot from the series of WITTMANN W8XH robots removes the parts from the mold area and transfers them to an integrated clean-room station at the rear of the machine.
WITTMANN BATTENFELD at K 2010: hall 16, booth D22
WITTMANN ROBOT SYSTEME at K 2010: hall 10, booth A04
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