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FAKUMA 2018 | SHOW REVIEW


Adaptable injection unit from Windsor


Windsor Technologies has devel- oped PxP 73, a new self-contained injection unit within the German company’s PlugXPress range. Shown on Windsor’s stand at Fakuma 2018, the PxP can be used as an additional injection unit for two-shot moulding and, by adding more units, for multi-component moulding. One customer is already using multiple units to produce toothbrushes in three different materials and four colours. Peter Kochs, Managing Director


of Windsor, said to Injection World at Fakuma: “What we specialise in is finding the right way to put units onto the machine. All units are somehow unique.” By working with the customer, Windsor can adapt the PxP to the space requirements of the shopfloor, by fitting it vertically or in an L-shape configuration with the IMM. Not only that, but the PxP can be


Peter Kochs standing next to the new PxP injection unit on Windsor’s Fakuma stand


multi-component moulding. But Kochs said these units can be restricted, such as in the screw sizes made available. The PxP injection unit operates a three-zone screw available in various sizes from 16 mm up to 105 mm. The largest size screw is being used by one moulder making pallets with a 5 kg shot weight. The adaptability of the PxP units


split apart if it is necessary to fit into a tight configuration.


Major IMM suppliers also offer


separate injection units for customers needing to upgrade a machine for


ers will be able to migrate. We are tailoring the MES to fit customers who want to start going in the direction of Industry 4.0.” This is called MES Lite and is intended to be “very easy for a company to start with”. At Fakuma, Kistler showed the latest update -


Version 3.0 - of its Como Neo system. The modular- ity of Como Neo allows the user to tailor support to their needs by enabling them to choose from functions including machine and operation data acquisition, production planning, maintenance management and ERR-link. New functionality comes from Stasa QC software


integrated into ComoNeo for use by moulders of high-grade components in the medical technology industry and other sectors where safety is critical. On the basis of measured values and statistical analyses, the software calculates the quality of manufactured parts in advance, with evaluations inside the tolerance limits. In its press conference, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag said it is expecting a 10% increase in its sales to €289m in the 2018 financial year. Gerd Liebig, CEO, said machine orders had grown strongly from 1,250 in 2017 to 1,750 this year. The group is confident of further growth and forecasts machine


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make them suitable for injection moulders across many sectors, said Kochs. He sees good potential in the German market where standard moulding applications are being off-shored and companies are switching their machines to more challenging applications, such as multi-component parts.


orders to reach 2,500 in 2023. Liebig nonetheless indicated market uncertain- ties in the near term, which should stabilise in the first quarter of 2019. A complicated market picture in 2018 has featured: a slowdown in Asia stemming from the IT sector; investments in Europe’s automo- tive sector being affected by adjustment to new emissions testing rules; and postponement of some machine purchases by customers waiting to see how the global tariff conflict develops. Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s resilience is based on the high-speed technology it has developed, especially its focus on all-electric injection mould- ing machines. Liebig said the company’s share of this market has risen from 10% in 2013 to about 21% in 2018, depending on the market region. The second generation of its IntElect range has been selling strongly since its launch at K 2016. In July the company said its machine investments in the clamp force range up to 1,200kN would shift entirely to the IntElect series, as demand has moved away from hydraulic machines. At Fakuma, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s stand had demonstrations of its El-Exis and Systec Servo machines, as well as an IntElect S machine set up for a medical application. The stand also reflected


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