At Interplastica, the plastics and rubber trade fair to be commenced from January 25 in Moscow, Russia, Austrian injection molding machine manufacturer Engel will highlight innovative technologies for higher productivity. Pipe fittings will be produced by a fully electrical and automatic process on an Engel e-victory.
The manufacture of plastic pipe fittings places special demands on production engineering. It calls for large molds with projecting cores, requiring a relatively low clamping force of the injection molding machine. Engel claims that not too many machines on the market meets this requirement profile as good as the ENGEL victory or its electric version ENGEL e-victory, whose clamping units function without tie-bars. The tie-bar-less machine concept enables full utilization of the mold fixing platens and maximum space for molds. This means that large molds can be mounted on relatively small machines, saving not only space, but also costs for acquisition and operation.
“Machines of the Engel victory series continue to be a huge success in Russia,” said Olaf Kassek, Manager of OOO Engel in Moscow, while describing the trend to tie-bar-less machine technology. The lion’s share of all orders, about 80%, are Engel victory machines. Besides fittings production, they are also used in the automotive industry, where high demands are placed on reliability, and in the toy industry, where molds must be frequently changed.
An example of an Engel e-victory 740/160 will be on display at the trade fair stand. Engel’s partner in this application is ifw. The international technology leader in high-tech mold-making for pipe fittings will be equipping the Engel e-victory with its new Xpress Cooling System (XCS). The cooling concept, for which a patent is pending, helps to reduce cycle times and thus production costs. Even temperature distribution is achieved by homogenous cooling, reducing tension and misshaping in the component.
At the fair, the machine will be operating with an Engel viper 20 robot from the linear robots range. “Automation is fast gaining importance in Russia,” Olaf Kassek named a further trend. One in three machines delivered by Engel Russia includes automation.
2010 record year for Engel in Russia
Despite the serious economic slump in Russia in 2008 und 2009, Engel Russia has continued to gain additional market shares and in 2010 it posted an order intake of 100 machines and record sales of about 20 million euros.
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