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Kautex Maschinenbau at Chinaplas 2018
Transition to third generation almost complete
In 2016, Kautex Maschinenbau’s introduction of the KCC20 MK3 started the gradual process of transitioning to the third generation of KCC-series equipment at its Shunde plant in Southern China, which is by now almost complete. In keeping with the trade show slogan (Setting benchmarks for high production performance), the benefits of the new KCC MK3 models include not only better accessibility and significantly quicker changeover times, but also shorter lead times. Their all-rounder status means that the machines can be used for a wide range of applications – for packaging, automotive and special applications.
Live production with foaming process
The KCC10 MK3 can be used to produce bottles in sizes ranging from 50 ml to 5,000 ml. At Chinaplas, Kautex Maschinenbau will present a live demo of a foamed bottle being produced with technology from MuCell® Extrusion. The foaming of the middle layer significantly reduces the amount of material required. With a lower carbon footprint and better thermal and insulating properties, the production method is also more environmentally friendly. The foaming process can be used for all packaging machines with continuous extrusion.
Investment in research and development
The next stop for the demo machine will be the technical center planned for Shunde Kautex, where it will be used to develop new applications. Customers in China will thus be able to benefit from the same Kautex service available from Bonn in the future. The continuous improvement of its service offering is one of the top priorities for Kautex Maschinenbau worldwide. Alongside the Bonn HQ, international locations in New Jersey and Shunde will also be available for samples and material tests.
Virtual KBS fuel tank blow molding machine
The new generation of virtual machines will also be presented at the stand. These training tools simulate production processes for various machine types and use cases in real time. The hardware consists of a compact workstation unit, two monitors, a projector and a real machine control panel. Modularization allows for a seamless transition from one series to another. KCC machines were recently added to the training tool, which already includes the KBS and KBB series.
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