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The new WITTMANN W808: A smaller frame that packs more punch

Hot on the heels of the WITTMANN Group’s new W821 robot comes the launch of its high performing little brother, the W808 servo robot.
Hot on the heels of the WITTMANN Group’s new W821 robot comes the launch of its high performing little brother, the W808 servo robot.
Hot on the heels of the WITTMANN Group’s new W821 robot comes the launch of its high performing little brother, the W808 servo robot.

The W808 represents a significant upgrade over the previous W801 version and the new model is now available from the WITTMANN Group worldwide. The W808 includes an integrated control, a smaller overall footprint, and a longer Z-stroke (up to 2,000 mm), all achieved at the same price.

Martin Stammhammer, International Sales Manager Robots and Automation, says that “our new W808 robot packs even more value into a completely redesigned mechanical structure. The W808 is now much closer to the design of our bestselling W818.” Stammhammer recalls that “the W801 was the first such small servo robot onto the plastics processing market and the new W808 is now in fact an ideal partner for the new W818 and W821; able to carry out fast cycling operations on smaller sized parts.”

The W808 can handle a maximum payload of 3 kg and is designed for optimum uses on injection molding machines of up to 150 t clamping force.

The W808 is particularly suited to shorter molding cycle times for such machines and has highly dynamic servo drives for all three axes. It is equipped with a fixed kick-stroke design with a reach of 600 mm. The W808 horizontal stroke is available in either 1,250, 1,500 or 2,000 mm length and the vertical strokes come in either 600, 800 or 1,000 mm length. The W808 can also be retrofitted with additional vacuum and gripper circuits.

Stammhammer notes that “more and more molders are turning to automation – even of smaller parts – in order to protect quality and to increase production efficiency. The W808 is set for a key role in helping these plastics processors engage with both those issues, effectively – and at speed.”

The W808 is the second new WITTMANN robot launch on the market within a couple of weeks with more new products expected from the company over the coming months. These new models are playing their part in increasing the WITTMANN Group’s leadership in the automation of the plastics processing industries worldwide.

WITTMANN worldwide is one of the leading manufacturers of robots and peripheral equipment for the plastics industry. The WITTMANN group with Headquarters in Vienna/Austria is a worldwide operating company with 7 production facilities and 20 branch offices in all major plastics markets in the world. WITTMANN’s product range includes robots and automation systems, automatic material handling with dryers and plastic recycling, temperature controllers and chillers for machine tools and volumetric and gravimetric blenders.

With this comprehensive range of peripheral equipment, WITTMANN can provide processors of plastics with total solutions which cover all their requirements, ranging from autonomous work cells with single zone temperature controllers, screenless granulators, sprue pickers, integrated vacuum loading systems and integrated cross-linked control systems with integrated material loading and dryers to automated robotic systems for flexible finishing of semi-finished injection molded parts.

On April 1st, 2008 WITTMANN took over the BATTENFELD Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH at Kottingbrunn (Lower Austria). There will continue to be independent growth in the market for auxiliary equipment on one hand and for injection molding machines by BATTENFELD on the other. However, the syndication will lead to connectivity between both product lines, providing the advantage plastics processors have been looking for in terms of a seamless combination of processing machines, automation and auxiliary equipment – all occurring at a progressive rate.

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