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All-electric machines in scientific applications

All-electric machines in scientific applications

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A close connection between industrial research and teaching is an important factor for future successful projects. KraussMaffei supports this notion, providing the Darmstadt Institute for Plastics Technology (or "ikd," from German "Institut fur Kunststofftechnik Darmstadt") with a PX 160 featuring an LRX 100 linear robot for research and development tasks. On June 29th, the all-electric injection molding machine was handed over in a ceremony held as part of the 15th Darmstadt Plastics Day.

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Handover ceremony of the all-electric PX 160 at the 15th Darmstadt Plastics Day (from left): Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schroder from German Institut fur Kunststofftechnik Darmstadt (ikd), Manuel von Varchim, Head of sales and service center south Germany from KraussMaffei, Bardo Palmberg, head of the injection moulding laboratory at ikd

PX from the latest generation
The PX 160 features a clamping force of 1600 kN and belongs to the latest generation of the all-electric PX series from KraussMaffei. "Our PX series stands out for its high precision along with its high versatility in configuration, production and in retrofitting. This makes the series ideal for applications in research and teaching, where product or mold changes are frequently required, for example," explains Jochen Mitzler, Director of Market Intelligence and Management IMM at KraussMaffei.

The new PX 160 at the Darmstadt Institute for Plastics Technology is part of the TechCenter. It is meant to be available primarily to students and industry partners for ongoing research projects. "The new PX 160 from KraussMaffei is making a significant contribution to improving teaching.

Since the institute places a great deal of value on providing students with real-world training, it is extremely important for the quality of our teaching that we have injection molding machines from the latest series," adds Prof. Thomas Schroder of ikd.

 More about ikd
The Institute for Plastics Technology at Hochschule Darmstadt focuses heavily on rheology, generative manufacturing processes, material development, compounding, injection molding and extrusion in both its research and teaching. Furthermore, ikd is home to an accredited test lab where all known test processes for analyzing plastics are available. Current research projects in the injection molding field deal with the areas of hot runner design for high-cavity molds, in-line rheometry for injection molding and developing lightweight construction concepts.

About KraussMaffei
The KraussMaffei product brand is internationally recognized for its groundbreaking, multitechnology system and process solutions for injection and reaction molding technology and factory automation. With its standalone, modular or standardized machinery and systems, and a wide, customizable service offering, KraussMaffei is a full-system partner for customers in many industry sectors. KraussMaffei bundles many decades of engineering expertise in plastics machinery and is headquartered in Munich, Germany.

About KraussMaffei Group
The KraussMaffei Group is among the world’s leading suppliers of machinery and systems for producing and processing plastics and rubber. Its products and services cover the whole spectrum of injection and reaction molding and extrusion technology, giving the company a unique position in the industry. The KraussMaffei Group is innovation-powered, supplying its products, processes and services as standard or custom solutions which deliver sustained added value along the customer’s value-adding chain. The company markets its offering under the KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal brands to customers in the automotive, packaging, medical, construction, electrical, electronics and home appliance industries. Continuing a long tradition of engineering excellence, the international KraussMaffei Group currently employs around 5,000 people. With a global network of more than 30 subsidiaries and more than 10 production plants, supported by around 570 sales and service partners, the company is close to customers around the world. KraussMaffei has been headquartered in Munich since 1838.

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