With the economic challenges that are replete across the globe and especially in Europe, saving energy is the order of the day. And machines molding rubber and silicones need a lot of energy to run.
This is a trend that is not going to reverse itself, according to machine manufacturer Maplan GmbH, based in Kottingbrunn, Austria.
"Since prices for energy have risen to lofty heights due to the [Russian war in Ukraine] and additional climate protection measures have to be financed, the expenses for this have reached the top of the cost calculations," said CEO Wolfgang Meyer at an Oct. 19 news conference at K 2022.
"For mechanical engineering, this means the progressive use of energy-saving technical components," he said.
Maplan's hands-on example of this is the Rapid horizontal machine series and especially the periphery around the new injection molder being introduced by Maplan. The highlight of the machine is the high-precision clamping unit, which reduces energy consumption and enables faster cycle times. This comprises both the central ejector and the bar ejectors on both machine platens, Meyer said.
The servo-electric drive allows parallel operation without the need for parallel hydraulics.
"This is a face-lift for the auto industry," Meyer told Rubber News. "Indeed, rubber machines need a lot of electricity to run. Maplan introduced the servo drive for the industry, and we are at the forefront with this."