EUROMAP energy recommendations and label

imageA broad alliance of many injection moulding machine manufacturers has succeeded in developing the EUROMAP energy measurement standards EUROMAP 60.1 and EUROMAP 60.2 for this category of machines. EUROMAP 60.1 (ckick to read) provides an initial overview of machinery-related energy consumption. EUROMAP 60.2 also enables complex, customer-specific injection moulding applications to be compared in relation to the product.With these standards for measuring specific energy consumption, manufacturers are facing up to their responsibility: the transparency the standards provide requires them to develop technologies that are increasingly more efficient in their use of energy. The EUROMAP Energy Efficiency Label is a voluntary label with a common technical base for machine comparison.
There are also energy measurement standards for extrusion blow moulding machines (EUROMAP 46 part 1, EUROMAP 46 part 2), and others, for thermoforming for example, are under development.


Energy label for plastics and rubber machinery

image_thumbEUROMAP, the European umbrella association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers,  is planning to introduce an energy label for plastics and rubber machinery. The growing importance of energy efficiency in the industry is also reflected in the association’s activities. EUROMAP has for example already published energy measurement standards for injection moulding machines and extrusion blow moulding machines. But up until now, machinery manufacturers have used labels of their own design to show the energy efficiency classes identified in that way. In order to make the energy efficiency classes transparent, enabling customers to make comparisons, a common neutral label has now been developed, the specifications for which may be found in a new EUROMAP recommendation.
Unlike the EU energy label (e.g. for refrigerators), the EUROMAP label is voluntary. Also, no third-party certification is required in order to display it. The precise description of the new energy label can be downloaded free of charge from the EUROMAP website ( The download is a draft providing advance information to the public. The label is to come into force on 1 October 2014. 

EUROMAP recommendation 75 updated

The recommendation EUROMAP 75 -"Protocol for Communication with Peripheral Equipment"  – , parts 1 – 3, includes the device profile, a definition of the interface between the injection moulding machine and signal converters and the implementation of different realtime Ethernet systems. The device profile is based on the “CANopen Device Profile for Measuring Devices and Closed-Loop Controllers (CiA 404)" and is supplemented by the definitions of industrial realtime Ethernet including the specific requirements for these device categories. Updates have been necessary because of changes in CiA 404. Additionally the part concerning the mapping to VARAN-BUS has been reduced and updated. 

Sales of German machinery rise faster than expected

German plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers have recovered from the economic crisis more quickly and decisively than anticipated a year ago. The VDMA’s monthly representative survey shows that member firms achieved a 17 per cent increase in sales in the last financial year. At the time of K’2010 the growth forecast had already been raised from 10 to 15 per cent. Sales to customers in Germany were up by 10 per cent, while foreign business as a whole grew by 19 per cent; sales to the countries of the euro area recorded a year-on-year increase of 9 per cent. Output in core machinery manufacturing is expected to rise to around 4.5 billion euro, still below the record figure of 5.6 billion euro achieved in 2008.
The main market was again China, with the US coming a distant second and India ranking third.

Shredder with modular pressing system

image The WLK series single-shaft shredders from Weima (Germany) come equipped with an interchangeable pressing system, designed to procdess lumps, films and hollow moulds. The system comprises two modules, with the cutting mechanism built around a rotor with various blade sizes and shapes. Three additional pressing systems are also available as an option: a horizontal slide for shredding lumps, a curve-shaped rocker for handling film, and a diagonal slide for processing hollow moulds. The modular pressing systems are quick and easy to replace, and because there is unrestricted access to the cutting system, cleaning and servicing are quick and easy to perform.
Single-shaft shredders are supplied in rotor widths of 1000 mm, 1500 mm and 2000 mm, with a rotor diameter of 450 mm, delivering rotational speeds of up to 150 rpm.

Economical processing of solid silicone

ENGELThe new roto feeder from ENGEL (Schwertberg, Austria) is a new rotary conveyor for continuous feeding of the solid silicone to the plasticising unit, avoiding inclusions and maintaining constant pressure. Solid silicone processing, for example, could become significantly easier and more economical. Some of the first fifty units sold are in use at Delphi Germany in Wuppertal.

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Complete Feeding Solutions

image K-Tron (Niederlenz, Switzerland) will be showing several examples of integrated feeding systems at K 2010. One of the stations features a 2415 K-Tron Premier vacuum receiver on top of a KT35 twin screw feeder completed with an ActiFlowTM bulk solids activator. Another station features an FB130 loss-in-weight belt feeder with a K-Tron Premier P10 vacuum receiver.  Other elements of the system include a bag dump station, PD vacuum blower with housing and 2400 Series filter group.

In addition to a wide selection of dependable products for feeding and conveying, the K-Tron Process Group also offers a full range of auxiliary equipment such as storage tanks, bulk bag unloading stations, dryers, valves and accessories, piping and much more.