The company that makes Playmobil toys bought 15 injection molding machines from small-press specialist Dr. Boy GmbH & Co. KG just before the Fakuma 2006 trade show, according to a top Boy official.
Carl Schiffer, Boy's managing partner, said the Fernthal, Germany-based press maker sold 15 Boy 12A presses to BrandstÃ¤ttter GmbH & Co. KG on Oct. 16. Fakuma ran Oct. 17-21 in Friedrichshafen.
With 12 metric tons of clamping force, the Boy 12A is the smallest machine made by Boy. The clamping force is 13.2 short tons.
Interviewed at Boy's Fakuma booth, Schiffer said BrandstÃ¤tter had purchased 23 Boy presses in the last year for Playmobil, before the order for 15 more prior to Fakuma.
The customer will use the new Boy presses at its two Playmobil locations, at its main factory in Dietenhofen, Germany, and another plant, in Malta in the Mediterranean.
A slightly larger Boy machine made parts for Playmobil during the Fakuma show. A Boy 22A molded tiny squirrels, and packaged several of them into a bag that was heat sealed, right at the press.
At last year's Fakuma show, BrandstÃ¤tter made big news by purchasing a total of 84 injection presses from three other German makers.
In other Fakuma news, boy showed a 60.5-ton Boy 55A, with an individual clean room, molding caps for insulin syringes in a 16-cavity mold.
The company also demonstrated automated insert molding on a vertical Boy 55M VV. A six-axis robot loaded inserts and removed the finished set of Allen wrenches.
Schiffer said Boy's cantilever clamping unit design, leaves space, right under the machine, for packaging and automation after parts are molded.