Productivity, quality and flexibility are the critical factors concerning plastics processors in the course of the fourth industrial revolution and ultimately decide their cost-efficiency and competitiveness.

“Industry 4.0 requires both first-class machines and correspondingly high-performance automation, control systems and interfaces”, says Jörg Wittgrebe, Vice President of Sales, Injection Moulding Machine Department at KraussMaffei China.

“The motivation for implementing Industry 4.0 is certainly increasing wages or maybe the desire for seamless documentation and tracking, such as in the automotive industry.”

KraussMaffei is bundling its Industry 4.0 solutions under the umbrella brand Plastics 4.0. This includes intelligent, self-optimising machine functions, reliable tools for seamless data acquisition and networking throughout production, as well as a range of worldwide services.

In sum, they contribute to turning a manufacturing operation into an intelligent factory. “We see ourselves as partners with our customers and support them in utilising these opportunities and this potential in the best way possible,” Wittgrebe adds.

KraussMaffei will give you an idea of how this can look in practice through selected live demonstrations at their trade show booth at Chinaplas.

All three of the featured injection moulding machinery at the trade show, GX 650, GX 600 and PX 160 are equipped with the expanded APC plus function, another service of the Plastics 4.0 solutions from KraussMaffei.

 “The APC plus function ensures extremely weight-consistent components and the highest process reliability. This ensures that virtually every part is a good part. This saves materials and therefore, money,” says Wittgrebe, summarising the advantages.

The intelligent APC plus machine function is suited for processing thermoplastics, for multi-component injection moulding or processing silicone. Special applications such as thin-walled parts or cascade injection moulding are possible. Furthermore, APC plus allows for processing recycled material.

KraussMaffei will present innovative injection moulding machines and technologies in combination with groundbreaking Industry 4.0 solutions at Chinaplas 2018 in Shanghai (April 24 through April 27, Hall 2, Booth T01).

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