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.


Updated EUROMAP Plugs

The following EUROMAP recommendations have been updated:

EUROMAP 12 – Electrical interface between injection moulding machine and handling device;

EUROMAP 62 – Electrical Interface between Injection Moulding Machine and Fluid Injector Systems;

-    EUROMAP 67 – Electrical Interface between Injection Moulding Machine and Handling Device / Robot;

EUROMAP 67.1 – Electrical Interface between Shuttle- and Turntable Injection Moulding Machine and Handling Device / Robot ;

EUROMAP 71 – Electrical Interface between Injection Moulding Machine and Mould Changing Device.

For further information contact Harald Weber, Secretary Technical Commission, EUROMAP

SimpoEdge free trial program for Solid Edge users

imageSIMPOE, the French specialist in plastic injection simulation software, announced a free trial program for its SimpoEdge injection solution fully embedded into Solid Edge® software from Siemens PLM Software. With SimpoEdge, Solid Edge users have access to intuitive, fast and affordable tools to optimize the design and the manufacturing process of plastic parts, without ever leaving Solid Edge.
SimpoEdge solutions address the complete plastic injection process, from filling to part warping and advanced cooling analysis.

The SimpoEdge free trial program will end on December 31, 2012. The program includes the SimpoEdge ENG package. SimpoEdge software is available for download through registration here.

Onex to acquire KraussMaffei

Onex Corporation, a North American private equity firm, has agreed to acquire KraussMaffei Group from Madison Capital, the owner of KraussMaffei Group since 2006, for €568 million. The transaction is anticipated to close by March 31, 2013 subject to customary conditions und regulatory approvals.
KraussMaffei is the first European-based investment for Onex Partners III. In 2012, KraussMaffei made successful steps to strengthen the business in its core markets as well as to expand its global presence in growing markets, particularly the BRIC countries and Asia.
The KraussMaffei Group is among the world’s leading suppliers of injection and reaction molding and extrusion machinery and systems, under the KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal brands, with a strong reputation the automotive, packaging, medical, construction, electrical, electronics and home appliance industries. The international KraussMaffei Group currently employs around 4,000 people. With a global network of more than 30 subsidiaries and more than 10 production plants, supported by around 570 sales and service partners, the company is close to customers around the world.
Onex is one of North America’s oldest and most successful private equity firms. In total, the company manages approximately $14 billion, of which $9 billion is third-party capital. As well, Onex invests its own proprietary capital of approximately $5 billion directly and as a substantial limited partner in its Funds. Onex’ businesses have assets of $39 billion, generate annual revenues of $34 billion and employ approximately 235,000 people worldwide. With a Onex acquired Husky International Ltd in December 2007 for $622 million. On June 2011, Onex completed the sale of Husky International for $2.1 billion.

KraussMaffei expands plants in Slovakia and China

The KraussMaffei Group has decided to double production capacities in Martin (Slovakia) and in Haiyan (China). The production area of the Haiyan plant will be increased from 12,000 m2 to around 22,000 m2 to expand the capacities for reaction and extrusion machines and to start the production of Netstal and KraussMaffei injection molding machines for PET applications and injection molding machines of the MX series. The production area of the the Martin plant will be increased from 6,600 m2 to 13,000 m2 to expand the production of robots and injection molding machines of the EX series as well as machines and plants for reaction and trimming technology. At present, KraussMaffei injection molding machines of the AX series, as well as switch cabinets and molds, are manufactured at this location. For both sites, the start of production is planned for the beginning of 2013.

KraussMaffei received large order from BMW

KraussMaffei has received an order from BMW to supply a large number of injection molding, reaction process and automation machines and systems. The machines will be used, for example, to produce and finish components made of thermoplastics and reactive resins in the interior and exterior, as well as for load-bearing structures. Parts for the vehicle body will be produced on a total of 9 high pressure resin-transfer molding machines at the BMW plants in Landshut and Leipzig.image_thumb[3] The main characteristics of the machines are constant and reproducible process guidance, as well as high filling pressures for maximum fiber wetting. The self-cleaning mixing heads do not require any cleaning cycles whatsoever and ensure a highly automated production process with great potential for shortening the cycle time. Post-mold finishing of the components is carried out based on modern trimming solutions from KraussMaffei. The order includes the material supply system.

As part of the order, the BMW plant in Wackersdorf will acquire another large MX 4000-24500 injection molding machine to produce stable mold carriers for the instrument panel in the 1 and 3 Series using the so-called injection molding structural foam process. In this process components are produced with a compact outer skin and a foam structure inside. Two integrated industrial robots from KraussMaffei perform the necessary assembly and follow-up steps. At the BMW plant in Leipzig two 4000-tonne MX 4000-17200/12000/750 WL double swivel-plate machines will produce components with an outer skin and a thermoplastic substructure. In this case the outer skin and substructure will each first be separately injection molded, joined together as the two swivel plates rotate and tightly connected with a third plastic component. A ready-to-use component is therefore produced at every mold opening. The machine is fully automated with two IR industrial robots. Intelligent mold tempering with impulse cooling is used for energy-efficient management of the mold’s heat balance.   


EuroMold expects 1500 exhibitors

image_thumbThe 18th EuroMold, World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development, will take place ion Frankfurt (Germany) from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2011.  The show expects about 1,500 exhibitors from 45 countries and approximately 60,000 trade visitors. The exhibition area is growing by 4.1%.

image[5]EuroMold shows in halls 8, 9, 11 and the “Galleria” the latest developments in all areas of product development on an area of 75,000 m². This year’s highlights being the partner country Korea, the special show “Innovations through Moldmaking and Tooling, “e-Production for everyone” as well as high-class conferences, forums and workshops.

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