Torrington, CT (February 9, 2018) . . . Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. will be putting the spotlight on its Wittmann 4.0 technology at NPE 2018. The theme has been announced as “Pathway to 4.0,” and their booth will include six injection molding machine work cells with integrated robots, automation, material handling and auxiliary equipment, all showcasing Wittmann 4.0 and its various features and benefits. There will also be sections of the booth dedicated to specific products in Wittmann Battenfeld’s portfolio, including a robot and automation section and several displays of Wittmann Battenfeld auxiliaries.
“Our ‘Pathway to 4.0’ theme will allow us to show off all of the capabilities of our Wittmann 4.0 technology so visitors to our booth can leave with a better understanding of what this tech can really do and how it can help improve their company’s processes in ways they might not have thought of before,” says Crystal Gagnon, Marketing Communications at Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc. “We also like to bring some excitement and have fun at NPE, and this year will be no different!”
There will be several new products that will be featured in the Wittmann Battenfeld booth as well. These will include the new high-speed EcoPower Xpress injection molding machine, the new X Series robot, a TCU featuring the new SpeedDrive technology, a new S-MAX screenless granulator line, and the new Aton H Portable dryer. Each of these impressive new pieces of equipment will be integrated into Wittmann 4.0 displays, in keeping with the “Pathway to 4.0” theme.
For a more detailed description of what will be included at the booth, see below:
Injection Molding Machine Work Cells
The six work cells on display will include:
An EcoPower 180/750 machine molding a shampoo flip top with a 4-cavity mold from StackTeck using polypropylene from Washington Penn with color from UCC. The cell will include a W833 Pro robot integrated with Mold Following, which allows for high speed removal. It will also feature a vacuum EOAT, conveyor, feeder, Flowcon Plus water flow control, and a hot runner control system from Gammaflux.
An EcoPower 110/350 B6P cleanroom machine molding pipettes with an 8-cavity mold from Cavaform using polypropylene from Washington Penn with color from UCC. The cell will showcase cleanroom capabilities, with a W823 robot with a Servo B Axis and cleanroom options, as well as an extension allowing for dual placement onto pipette trays. It will also feature a high flow vacuum EOAT, tray filling conveyor system, TEMPRO D Plus temperature controller, and an Aton H dryer.
A MacroPower 850/8800 machine producing a spoiler with a 1-cavity mold from HRS Flow that includes 5 servo-valve gates and several cavity pressure sensors used to demonstrate true intelligent closed-loop molding. With Wittmann 4.0 integrated with a Hot Runner, as well as HiQ-Melt, HiQ-Flow, and HiQ-Cushion technologies operating, this cell offers the most complex example of how Wittmann 4.0 can be utilized. The cell will complement these complex operations with a GMax granulator, a TEMPRO Direct Plus TCU, a Gravimax G34 Blender, a W843 Pro robot, a hot runner controller from Gammaflux, and a Flowcon Plus water flow controller. This cell will also show the new CMS (Condition Monitoring System) used for preventive and predictive maintenance.
An EcoPower Xpress 400/3300+ machine molding closures with a 96-cavity bottle cap mold from Bauer Plastisud using HDPE from Borealis, a hot runner controller from Gammaflux, and a Feedmax central vacuum receiver. The new EcoPower Xpress is a high-speed, all-electric machine model primarily geared to the requirements of the packaging and thin wall industry. The highly dynamic drive axes for injection as well as closing and opening of the EcoPower Xpress are designed for fast movements and ultimate control accuracy. Moreover, extremely high energy efficiency is achieved by using servo drives. The EcoPower Xpress is Wittmann Battenfeld’s newest, high speed IMM that is being shown for the first time in North America.
A SmartPower 110/350 machine molding wood-plastic composite building blocks with an 8-cavity mold using wood-plastic compound from Fasal. The cell will include a W822 robot, 8-cavity gripper EOAT, U-Shaped conveyor pallet loading system, TEMPRO Plus D TCU, GRAVIMAX G14 blender, Junior 2 Compact screenless granulator, Aton H dryer with Integrated Vacuum Station conveying system, and Flowcon Plus water flow controller.
A Two-Shot MicroPower 15/10-10 machine with two parallel injection units and a rotary disk molding a plug inside the recording head of a vinyl record player with a 1-cavity mold from Ortafon. The parts are made of PC and electro conductive PC. Parts removal and depositing will be handled by a WITTMANN W8VS4 Scara robot specially designed for this machine. In addition a built-in camera system inside the machine will provide fully automatic quality inspection of the parts.
Robots and Automation
Wittmann Battenfeld has made exciting new advancements in its robot technology since the last NPE, and with robots included on every work cell as well as in its own display, they will be a major feature of the booth, as always. The centerpiece of their robot offerings will be the New X Series robots, which was unveiled for the first time at Fakuma 2017. The robot is functionally and technologically unmatched in the industry, with standard features that can outclass even the custom packages of older models.
In addition to the X Series Robots, the new cost efficient Primus 14 will be shown as well. All of these models will be running with the new R9 Control, which has been refined with various new visualization options and functionalities.
Material Handling Systems & Auxiliaries
A complete range of Wittmann Battenfeld material handling systems and auxiliary equipment will be operating in the booth. Featured products include:
TEMPRO plus D temperature controllers with the new SpeedDrive option, a Variable Frequency Controlled pump that can increase process reliability, decrease energy usage, and enhance efficiency.
Central Material Handling systems showcasing both Wittmann M7.3 Central Control Platforms and new Teachbox Net 5 Control Platforms
Central Drying System showcasing Drymax 1200 FC Plus redundant dryer technology, Silmax Smartflow technology with material saver function, new Modular Silmax 5000L drying hopper, and new Modular Silmax 2000L-Auger model for use with hard flowing materials or PET Crystallization processes
New Aton H beside-the-press dryer, fully integrated with 4.0 capabilities.
Self-contained S3 Net Loaders, Feedmax Central Loaders, and MC Balance Throat Mounted Feeders
Global Release of Brand-New S-MAX Screenless Granulator line, G-MAX Conventional granulators, and Below the Mold Auger feed granulators
Gravimax blenders showcasing RTLS (Real Time Live Scale) Blending technology
And It Will All Be Connected!
In addition to the impressive array of machinery and equipment, don’t forget that Wittmann Battenfeld will be focusing on IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) with its industry-leading Wittmann 4.0 technology. Aside from the 6 completely integrated work cells, there will be an interactive Wittmann 4.0 demonstration so molders can experience it first hand and learn why they have a solution NOW that will guide them on the pathway to true 4.0.
About Wittmann Battenfeld
With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, WITTMANN BATTENFELD is a global company with 7 production facilities, 31 subsidiaries, and 24 agencies in 52 countries. WITTMANN BATTENFELD is the only manufacturer offering plastic processors worldwide a complete range of innovative robot automation and injection molding machine technology, along with auxiliary equipment for material conveying, blending, drying, granulating, heating and cooling, for individual work cells to fully integrated project managed system solutions from one manufacturer. Their worldwide sales and service network provides unmatched local service and support.