HASLACH, GERMANY (Sept. 12, 12:30 p.m. ET) — The growing trend for packaging molders to require mold makers to test and approve whole systems before delivery has led Foboha GmbH Formenbau to expand its Adval Tech facility in Haslach.
Foboha said its “ever-growing systems business” has made the extension of its facility an “absolute necessity”. The expansion has increased its systems business floor space from 750 square meters to 1,750 square meters.
Foboha said: “Today, more and more global customers are calling for a tried and tested system acceptance, including a 100 percent production simulation. Molds, part-removal devices and downstream automation equipment are integrated in the acceptance station.”
It said it develops many of these automation systems and mold-specific handling devices in-house.
Its inspection process also includes a closed cooling system and a laboratory for testing and documenting that injection moldings are in compliance with customer specifications.
Mold systems for medical applications are tested and approved “virtually under clean room conditions”, Foboha said. Only personnel wearing protective clothing have access to these departments.
Separate areas are screened off for confidential projects, which are also growing in their number.
Customer demand is also increasing for pilot production runs, which Foboha said it can carry out in three-shift operations if necessary.
The company operates injection molding machines with clamping forces from 800-5,000 metric tons.
Some of these machines are also used for molds which use Cube Technology. The company has made more than 400 cube molds, making it the international leader in this segment, according to Hansj"rg Keusgen, head of sales and marketing.