Review of Fakuma 2008: Wittmann Battenfeld impresses visitors with an extensive range of innovative products

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This year's Fakuma in Friedrichshafen was a complete success for the injection molding machine manufacturer Wittmann Battenfeld. Under the motto "one-stop shopping for injection molding equipment" Wittmann Battenfeld presented numerous novelties, for standard as well as for specialized applications.

The highlight of the fair was the introduction of the new, powerful high-speed TM Xpress series. This new series, available with clamping forces ranging from 160 to 450 t from now on, has been specially laid out for in mold labeling applications and thin-walled parts for the packaging industry. The Wittmann group is the first supplier in Europe to deliver machines, tooling and automation equipment for IML applications all from a single source. The required molds for cups and containers, together with automation equipment for parts insertion and removal can be supplied together with the machine from Wittmann's own production. At the fair, the Wittmann group dedicated an entire booth to the presentation of this first major joint project. The production of two cups with banderole labels was demonstrated.

Visitors were also able to witness the fruits of many years of experience in multicomponent injection molding. The successful Combimould concept was shown on an HM MK 240/1330H/210S producing a 2-component fitting with an integrated seal in just one injection molding cycle. This exhibit was an "insider solution" with a Wittmann robot transferring the finished parts to a conveyor belt integrated in the machine frame. Such solutions allow the production of injection-molded parts in a minimum of space, thus contributing to saving costs. The complete integration of a Wittmann robot into the machine's Unilog B6 control system was also demonstrated for the first time in this production cell. The integration makes it possible to visualize, set and save robot data via the touch screen of the injection molding machine. The key data of the injection molding machine remain visible on the display throughout this process. Additionally, this exhibit was equipped with an "EcoPower" reactive load compensator, which achieves a substantial cost cut through a combined reduction of both reactive and active power.

The new VM R rotary table series constitutes a fully automatic manufacturing concept. From this series with a great variety of combination options, a VM R 60/55 electric with a servo-electric injection unit was on display. The VM R offers the advantages of a servo-driven rotary table rotating at an extremely high speed (180° < 1 sec) and with an ergonomic working height providing easy access.The servo technology incorporated in this machine not only contributes to reducing energy consumption, but also increases the speed and precision of the whole system.

The Unilog B6 machine control system based on Windows XP from Wittmann Battenfeld is now available in the two variants B6E and B6S. This system offers extensive functions in areas such as process documentation, control of complex manufacturing processes and extended network compatibility.

With its new Webservice, Wittmann Battenfeld helps its customers to save time and money by means of an extensive service and training program. For instance, service incidents can be analyzed quickly and cost-efficiently by direct communication between the customer's machine and the service engineer via the Internet. On-site servicing where necessary and spare parts deliveries can thus be organized and carried out with maximum efficiency.
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