Roadshow and live production via plug-and-play

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  • Injection moulding machine from KraussMaffei goes on tour
  • First stops in Romania, Italy and Germany
  • Fast mold changes and zero-defect production with recycled materials

In mid-June the roadshow for the new CX injection molding machine series from KraussMaffei started. The first stops for the CX 35 – 180 were an open house at Plastics Bavaria in Romania and at partner companies in Italy. On July 12 and 13, the small CX was featured at the information days at Stäubli Connectors in Bayreuth. The next stops for the CX roadshow are open-house events in Hungary and Slovenia as well as the MSV trade show in Brno, Czech Republic.

Live production via plug-and-play

Since mid-June the CX 35 – 180 has been traveling by truck across Europe. It is securely installed on a platform, making it easy and quick to incorporate into production via plug-and-play. On July 12 and 13 it was featured at the information days at Stäubli. Here, it produced components known as crown wheels in cycle times of 15 seconds using a high percentage of recycled materials.

Strong interest in the machine’s APC function

There was a large positive response to the live presentation of the machine’s APC (Adaptive Process Control) function, which can be used to substantially accelerate zero-defect production. If the percentage of recycled materials in the CX 35 changed and this led to fluctuations in viscosity, the visitor could watch live on-site and follow along as the APC function on the MC6 control system balanced the parameters. The visitors were also impressed by the direct visual comparison of an overpacked component without the APC function and a good part with the APC function.

Fast and safe mold changes

The visitors also experienced time savings along with short set-up times for mold changes. This was made possible by the new mechanical ejector coupling from KraussMaffei in conjunction with the mechanical bayonet clamping systems from Stäubli. The new ejector coupling is easy to release, opens fast, is easy to couple again and can be clamped quickly. Due to its streamlined design it is very readily accessible, which makes these steps easier. “In just a few seconds, the QMC 106 system from Stäubli produces a stable connection between the injection molding machine and the mold. In addition, a safety lock integrated into the bayonet lock prevents unintentional release of the mold,” adds Roland Rathmann, Key Account Manager at Stäubli.

Optimizations have made new CX 15 percent faster

With the new CX series, KraussMaffei has reworked its successful CX machine series with clamping forces from 350 to 1600 kN. Optimizations have made the new CX 15 percent faster, its drive uses 10 percent less electricity and it saves 20 percent of oil volume, according to the company. In addition, good sound insulation makes the CX 30 percent quieter.

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