Torrington, Conn.-based Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. has developed a way for injection molders to retrofit presses with automation equipment like sprue pickers and robots even when their manufacturing plants have limited space.
The company's Easy Cell brand housings were designed primarily for injection molding machines installed so closely together there isn't enough room for a fixed protective housing with access via a safety gate.
Wittmann Battenfeld's Easy Cells don't need a safety gate. This is just one of the recent products innovations the company is promoting through online presentations and meetings.
The other advances are related to digital contact with customers, screenless granulators, automation, temperature control and internal gas pressure technology.
Easy Cell housings are mounted on casters and can be moved to provide access to the non-operator side for mold changes. Despite the compact design, the cells meet all necessary safety features of CE (conformité européenne), a company press release says.
The Easy Cells were developed for fitting out machines with sprue pickers and robots from the Primus series. They are available in six standard versions, such as for robots in L configuration with parts depositing behind the clamping unit.
The cells have options for grippers, a commissioning package and a complete CE installation.
Wittmann Battenfeld demonstrates Easy Cells at its facility in Nurembeg, Germany, or online via Wittmann Interactive, a digital platform to support sales.
With Wittmann Interactive, company specialists in Austria and Germany establish live transmission by using a head camera with a function for interaction with the customer via a streaming platform. The head camera has plug-in modules to provide lighting, sound and video, and can be used for web conferences right next to injection molding systems.
The Wittmann Interactive platform also can be used for technology presentations, training sessions and customer appointments.