Smart Molding International 4-2022

8 smart_molding international 4/2022 newsfeed The currently explosive topic of ener- gy efficiency and the exorbitant rise in energy costs as well as the sustainabil- ity of production processes determined a large part of the discussions at the K-trade fair in Düsseldorf. The need to significantly reduce energy consump- tion in the production of plastic parts by using more efficient machines was omnipresent. Many companies are currently doing everything to signifi- cantly improve their own productivity in the future. With its energy-efficient E-series, BOY offers injection moulding machines in the clamping force range from 63 to 1250 kN. At K 2022, the range of the E-series was extended with the new BOY XS E, an even more efficient solution. The trade fair premiere impressed visitors with its compact dimen- sions (footprint 0.87 m²), the effi- cient servo-drive and two selectable clamping-platen- configurations. A height adjustment of the injection unit for decentralised gating is op- tionally available. According to BOY, the interest of the users in the new BOY XS E was significantly higher than originally expected. With a higher CPU-power, a larger working memory and a high-resolu- tion screen, BOY gets ready for in- creasing demands with the ALPHA 6. The connection to a host computer system according to EM77 is part of the interface package. The same ap- plies to the WLAN-stick, which allows an uncomplicated integration into the company network. The condition of the BOY injection moulding machine can be monitored with the company network via a smartphone and the BOY status app. The optionally avail- able BOY- Moulding-Assist supports the operator directly at the machine. Based on the comparison of different error images with a company-internal database, solution strategies are of- fered to the user and the results are then returned into the database. The newly developed BOY-cooling- water-distribution with digital flow measurement (in future standard for all BOY injection moulding machines) attracted the visitors’ interest. With best performance classifica- tions up to 9+ (0.31 kWh per kilo- gram of material processed accord- ing to Euromap 60.1), BOY injection moulding machines offer efficient solutions to absorb the increased energy costs. In addition, every kWh saved prevents the generation of CO 2 emissions. Every kWh that is not consumed means 0.366 kg less CO 2 pollution. Thus, in the three-shift operation of a BOY E-series injection moulding machine, several tonnes of CO 2 emissions can be saved annually compared to machines with older drive technologies. During the eight days of the trade fair, the machine manufacturer located in Neustadt-Fernthal once again regis- tered many visitors at its booth. These trade visitors did not want to miss the chance to take part in the presenta- tions of new machines and automa- tions, future-oriented technologies and the increasing digitalisation possibili- ties in the plastics industry. BOY BOY presented smart solutions to the current challenges of the plastics industry "The current situation with the high energy costs makes the change to more efficient machines much more attractive, even necessary from an economic point of view and ecologi- cally sensible. The investments in new machines are paying off much faster for the users than before" is the statement of Alfred Schiffer, Managing Partner at BOY. Photo: BOY