Kunststoff-Institut commissions fully electric KraussMaffei injection moulding machine

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  • AX series commissioned during InnovationsForum
  • Main features: high shot weight consistency & energy efficiency rating of 9+

As part of the annual InnovationsForum, the Kunststoff-Institut Südwest (KISW) commissioned a new, fully electric AX 100-380 injection moulding machine with an LRX 50 linear robot in April 2014. The decisive factors to choose a machine of the AX series of KraussMaffei were the high energy efficiency rating of 9+, high shot weight consistency and high precision in its travel, according to institute director Siegfried Kaiser.

Precise servomotors are employed to move to set travel positions for the clamping unit or the ejector quickly and with high precision and reproducibility. The AX features high precision in reaching the exact transfer positions for the linear robot and transfers the parts to the gripper with an accuracy of 0.001 mm. The MC6 machine control provides an overview of all the processes that are running and allows process sequences to be modified by simply dragging and dropping or using intuitive swiping motions. For the first time, the injection moulding machine can be operated via the portable robot operating panel.

The plastics institute was founded in the summer of 2011 with the aim of fostering research, technology transfer and employee training in plastics technology and mould design and production. Its work concentrates primarily on hybrid, precision and medical technology.

Picture: The machine control system and the handheld robot pendant work together with the M6 control system, enabling the robot and the machine to be programmed and operated (source: KraussMaffei)

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