KraussMaffei plastic injection moulding machines suppliers and plastic ancillary equipment in South Africa.
Plastic and Chemical Trading are suppliers of plastic injection moulding machines ranging from 30 tons to 4000 tons, hydraulic plastic injection moulding machines and electric injection moulding machines, hybrid (hydraulic/electric) plastic injection moulding machines and high speed plastic injection moulding machines.
For the injection units up to SP 1000, as of today, injection speeds of up to 270 mm /sec can be realized with the ZE 70.312 "Injection speed II".
From now on you can also offer injection speeds up to 450 mm/sec up to injection unit SP 750. This makes the PX even more interesting for high-speed applications.Injection Speed I: 125 m/s
KraussMaffei's CX series is a range of all-hydraulic plastic injection moulding machines for clamp forces from 35 to 650 t. CX injection moulding machines are engineered to deliver the sustained high performance and high product quality required in many sectors and applications. The CX is a modular, platform-based range for high flexibility and cost-effective production. Two-platen technology means a compact machine and the four-tiebar clamp stands for highest precision and efficiency. KraussMaffei offers a comprehensive choice of plasticizing units and production options, making it possible to configure CX injection moulding machines for different applications and output levels in thermoplastic, thermoset and polyester injection moulding.
Fast, efficient, reliable the giant workhorses of the plastic injection moulding industry from 800ton to 5500ton. KraussMaffei is among the market leaders in engineering large plastic injection moulding machines. The MX series is a systematic onward development of the highly successful MC series. MX plastic injection moulding machines are available in the clamp force range from 800 to 4000 t. MX machines are engineered to deliver sustained performance under demanding conditions. These plastic injection moulding machines are compact, high-performance production systems, capable of delivering fast responses, fast cycles and high productivity. Versatile and modular they offer a wide range of configurations for optimized, application specific solutions. Standard plastic injection moulding machines can be upgraded with minimal effort and adapted to any production conditions. Our product spectrum ranges from compact plastic injection moulding machines with basic automation to highly complex manufacturing cells and planning complete production plants.
MX series - Powerful. Versatile. Durable. New MC6 control system
PX Series (50 to 200 Ton)
CX Series (35tons - 650tons)
GX Series (400 - 900tons)
KraussMaffei Automation has 25 years' experience in automation systems for injection
moulding machines. Automated systems are used for quality testing, insert placing,
clip insertion, cleaning and priming, and for the Cleanroom and DecoForm technologies.
Our linear and industrial robot portfolio permits complete automation solutions
and turnkey solutions.
Injection Moulding Technology, with its CX, EX and MX machine
ranges, is KraussMaffei’s largest business division. KraussMaffei offers
machinery for all standard injection moulding processes and for almost all
process variants and new techniques. We have selectively expanded our automation
expertise in recent years.
Cleanform: Injection moulding under cleanroom conditions. Krauss-Maffei has a unique range of highly cleanroom suitable solutions.
Decoform: Back injection moulding onto decorative overlayers such as textiles, leathers etc to produce parts with a high-quality finish. Predominantly used in the automotive interior moulding industry
Duroset: Injection moulding with free flowing granular thermoset feedstocks
Polyset: Injection moulding with unsaturated
polyester compounds, Dough Moulding Compound etc. KraussMaffei uses proprietary
force feeding technologies from Fahr Bucher as well as those developed inhouse.
Bulk Moulding compounds
Injection Moulding Compounder IMC: Krauss-Maffei’s IMC is a system which replaces the injection unit in an IMM with a twin screw compounder. This process opens new doors to processors allowing own recipe formulation to suit exactly the properties required in the parts. These systems sell themselves on the material cost reduction.parts required.
Mucell: A process where physical foaming using carbon dioxide or nitrogen as blowing agents in moulded parts ensures lighter, more rigid parts without sink marks.
Multinject: Multi-component moulding using
more than one material in the injection moulded part to give structural, functional
or decorative advantages. Examples are automotive tail lights,
KraussMaffei have built machines with the capability to inject up to 7 different materials on one part.
Silicoset: The process is used to mould liquid silicone rubber (LSR) which comprises two liquid components.
Skinform: A new process from Krauss-Maffeiwhich combines thermoplastic injection moulding and polyurethane reaction injection moulding to achieve high quality tactile finish. Mainly used for automotive interior.
Twinform: The use of a rotating center platen and injection from two sides to achieve multi-component parts, commonly used in automotive interior trim and packaging industry. Advantages are lower clamping tonnages.
Water injection (WIT), Gas injection (GIT) technologies: technologies to hollow out plastic parts to reduce material cost, remove sink
marks, improve cycle times. Commonly used for coolant pipes, steering wheels,
handles, roof rack frames.
CCM (Clear Coat Moulding) coats high-value parts with a flawless, thin, glass-clear layer produced by a two-component PUR system.
Krauss-Maffei is a supplier of complete solutions to meet todays demanding environment: Please have a look at some examples:
Just-in-sequence (JIS) production system for automotive
bumpers, which are optimally adapted to requirements at the customers different
Futureproof automation solutions
Robot-based automation solutions for two machines, with the proviso that the robots could be used flexibly with any brand of machine. Optimization on the production line
Requirements for a structural component are influenced by a number of factors: crash behaviour, weight reduction, functional integration and design optimization. Ideally, to satisfy all these requirements using just one technology.
Automation for the future
Install and commission a new work cell for production and quality control of ampoules for drug delivery.
A glassfree alternative
To produce plastic vials and stoppers to the exacting quality specifications, so that the products deliver the target advantages in handling and filling compared with glass vials.
Problem-solving to system solutions
Design, engineering and commissioning of a complete production system for refrigerator cabinets and doors.
Production in top gear
To develop and manufacture easy-open, easy-pour closures for post-mould assembly and fitting to beverage cartons.
State of the art
To take up the challenge of meeting the soaring demand for PVC plastic lumber (Azek) the company has rapidly expanded its market leadership by widening its product range and boosting output.
Spin-platen mould reduces costs
The body of a new steam iron consists of a transparent water tank, a through-coloured body and a handle with a softtouch zone.
Founded in 1989, approached by Krauss-Maffei in 1996 to
re-establish the brand in the Southern African market, P&CT has developed
a strong support team aimed at working with our customers to achieve truly
competitive world class manufacturing operations capable of meeting the customers
The KraussMaffei Group is once again on course for growth in 2017. Digital transformation, new technologies and services, and powerful momentum from China form the foundation for double-digit revenue growth. Technical advancements are paving the way to a successful future.
The KraussMaffei Group continues to grow. Orders and sales for 2017 (YTD, as of the end of August) have exceeded the record set in 2016 by up to 10 percent. Global megatrends such as digital transformation, urbanization and the more efficient use of resources deliver momentum for growth as these call for technical innovations in fields in which the global market leader for plastics processing machinery is traditionally strong. A further visible indicator for the company’s strong growth besides the financial figures is the development of the company’s employee base. The KraussMaffei Group’s employee base recently exceeded 5,000 employees for the first time. The company’s workforce has therefore grown by roughly 14 percent globally since it was taken over by the China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina).
As a specialist for injection molding, extrusion and reaction process machinery, the KraussMaffei Group delivers solutions across its segments for current challenges such as Industry 4.0. The company is unveiling MaXecution, a manufacturing execution system (MES) specially tailored to the needs of smaller injection molding enterprises. Data analysis tools and self-optimizing manufacturing systems (DataXplorer, APC plus) enhance the efficiency and availability of machines and production processes. In addition, a wide range of state-of-the-art lightweight construction processes, such as the new system for pultrusion processes (iPul), are available. Its presentation recently drew guests from the U.S., Asia and many European countries to Munich.
A leasing model for injection molding machines is having its premiere on the German market, addressing the desire for more flexibility within the machinery pool. This model is offered for standard machines up to 3,000 kN. Thus, customers will be able to rent production capacities for a defined period of time. At the end of the term the customer can either give back the machine or buy it. A success story is the all-electric injection molding machine PX. Since its launch one year ago, the PX has been met with significantly high interest particularly in Germany, the U.S. and China. Therefore production capacity for 2018 needs to be doubled.
The Chinese market is increasingly becoming the driver of growth for the KraussMaffei Group. CEO Dr. Frank Stieler confirms this trend: “China and other Asian markets will increasingly become more important for us in the future. Through our new owner ChemChina, we now have even better access to the market than ever before. That’s something we intend to build on.” On account of high demand, the plant in Haiyan has already doubled its production volume and expects to see an additional increase in 2018.
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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. For more information: www.kraussmaffei.com
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 it’s 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. For more information: www.kraussmaffeigroup.com
Injection moulding may be one of the most popular and effective plastic manufacturing processes however it is not cheap. In these uncertain economic times manufacturers need to incorporate cost effective solutions into their operations to stay relevant.
In this two-part post, we look at some ways to ensure that cost effective injection moulding is a reality for your project.
When it comes to material selection the options are seemingly endless particularly with plastic however honing in on the function of the piece and what you hope to achieve can help you narrow down your options and select the right material for the job.
All injection moulding companies were not created equal so selecting the right partner for your project is critical, not only for project success but for the bottom line. Your injection moulding partner should have experience manufacturing the parts you’re looking to produce as well as demonstrated success in handling a project of your size.
Optimised mould design means producing as many parts as possible in a single shot and being able to eject the plastic product quickly and ready for the next shot without wasting movements. Every second in the injection moulding process translates into money so minimising the movements and mechanisms of moulding to as few and fast as possible is essential.
There are many secondary processes (such as custom inserts, labelling and painting to name a few) that are involved in producing a part from scratch. Time is money in injection moulding so, by employing better production management and combining all these processes into one robust process you cut time from your production process saving you money.
Producing as many parts as possible in one sitting will allow you to remain competitive because it spreads the setup cost out over more parts leaving you with a lower price per piece. This allows you to compete in a market where a product must be the best while also being affordable.
Optimised product design can help you save on material consumption. For example, using ribs and gussets to reinforce a product will save on material consumption, as well as ensuring that the product has uniform wall thickness that is neither too thin nor too thick. Making small adjustments like these to your design and processes will put you in a better position to offer plastic products at competitive prices without incurring any losses.
Plastic & Chemical Trading are renowned for their extensive knowledge in injection moulding. Their years of experience and international partnerships ensure that you get world class solutions you won’t find anywhere else in Southern Africa. Contact us for a solution today!
As the demands for product quality and compliance increase, so do the requirements for managing the entire product lifecycle. For many the spotlight is only ever on inspection at one point however modern quality standards demand that a container is continuously checked along all areas of a filling line.
The reality is that inspection systems fulfil a multitude of tasks in the modern filling plant. In this two-part post, we’ll look at the different areas of use and the inspection techniques used in each case with a line for processing returnable bottles as an example.
Operations that feature a filling line for returnables will have a system that offers ultrasonic measuring procedures to determine the height of the containers and to detect foreign objects in the crates. The exact inspection of incoming crates is necessary to avoid interference to the unpacking process and a high quota of foreign bottles on the bottle conveyors.
After the crate, has been unpacked it is examined to establish whether it can be used for the actual production. It must not be damaged or contain foreign objects and its colour and logo must correspond to the filled product. Today these three criteria are generally checked using cameras.
Not all the foreign containers can be rejected in the crate area because of the large assortment of bottles present at times. This means foreign bottles must be sorted during bottle transport. Generally, the most important element of the bottle sorting unit installed for this process is a camera system using an image processing technique which measures the shape of the bottle and compares it to the sample shape of the production bottle.
Empty bottle inspection is probably the most renowned process where the containers are subjected to various inspection procedures. The inspection technique used by the empty bottle inspector consists for the most part of cameras. The different areas of the bottles are generally photographed with CCD cameras and high-frequency and infrared measuring techniques. The checks that are done at this point include a base, sidewall, finish and residual liquid check.
Residual caustic solution in a bottle can present a danger to the consumer and therefore an additional residual liquid check is often installed directly before the filler as an extra safety precaution. A high-frequency measuring technique is also used here, a reliable method of identifying even the smallest amount of residual caustic solution in a bottle.
Different factors are checked during and directly after the filling process and samples taken from the production flow. The technique used for the fill level measurement depends very much on the product and container. In the simplest case a photocell suffices. A well-equipped filler management system also has an integrated sampling program so that the quality of the filled product can also be checked.
The bottle is given a final look-over after the labelling machine before it is packed in the crate. First the labels must be checked to ensure they are all present. This is generally carried out with a light scanner either in or after the labelling machine. A closure inspection can be carried out at this point instead of after the filler. A second fill level check is also often carried out at this point.
When it comes to beverage bottling Heuft is the world leader in quality inspection. Heuft offer quality inspection equipment that caters to a range of requirements. Through our partnership with Heuft, Plastic & Chemical Trading can provide South Africa with world class solutions.
Resources: Translation from a report published in the “Getränkeindustrie” journal – June 2002 edition https://heuft.com/en/actual-news/news-overview/news-archive/inspection-systems-in-the-filling-plant
With the growing implementation of robotics and automation into production lines, various manufacturing sectors are able to reduce costs, provide even more consistent quality products and improve profit margins.
For packaging lines in particular automation is a popular option especially since custom automation solutions now encompass every step of the production process and supply chain. In this two-part post we will look at four packaging automation mistakes to avoid.
Every manufacturing facility is unique and applying a “one size fits all” approach to an installation can be detrimental. It is essential to consider the needs of the facility if you want to see the benefits of automation.
To ensure that you install the best possible solution for your facility all stakeholders need to be included in the process. Meet with all people involved with the project so that you can get an understanding of where automation would be most beneficial.
The automation process is an ongoing one, therefore one cannot simply install a solution and walk away. Every area of the system needs to be rigorously tested to ensure that it is performing up to standard.
Maintenance checks should be conducted at regular intervals and to ensure that the system stays current software should be updated as and when required. Training is an essential part of ensuring your machines function optimally which is why official training should be conducted as new members join the team.
Don’t miss part two of our post where we look at two more packaging automation mistakes to avoid.
Plastic & Chemical Trading together with our international partners deliver world class automation solutions to South Africa. If you’re in the market for a plastic manufacturing solution that can stand the test of time, contact Plastic and Chemical trading today.
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Plastic & Chemical Trading started as a small operation trading in plastics and chemicals, run from home by Roger Cockram. Benjamin Cockram, his son, worked at the company part-time selling raw materials from the boot of his car. In 1996 KraussMaffei, the largest German manufacturers of moulding machines, were looking for an agent and Roger and Benjamin met with them as a prospective father-and-son team. German industry has a legacy of dynamic family businesses. This was exactly what they were looking for and Plastic & Chemical Trading became the sole agents of KraussMaffei in the region, with Benjamin joining his father in the company full time.
Q: How has the market, and the company, changed over the last 20 years?
A: In the beginning, I literally got in my car and went to see everyone in the moulding industry to find out if we could sell them machines. It was a massive learning curve. There were a lot of established players in the market. Everyone already had a working relationship with the established suppliers, so why would they need us?
Learning how to differentiate yourself and position yourself as being valuable to customer was a very long, very slow and very difficult process. To make ends meet we decided to diversify. We became involved in other businesses, like material feeding systems and so on, which was also very slow. Then we branched into the PET business and sold blow moulders and eventually preform injection moulding.
That led us into the bottling industry and from there we were approached by Heuft Systemtechnik, which became the other pillar on which the company is built. Working with Heuft Systemtechnik opened the door to us dealing with really big companies, where there is a very high requirement for efficiency and a high requirement for effective service.
Q: What sets your business apart from the competition?
A: We offer a tailored solution focused on the niche products we supply; everything we do is very much focused on the customers; on what they do and what their needs are. It requires a high level of expertise in the actual interaction with the customers.
We have to have very high-level technicians to support the equipment. They also need to be able to communicate what they are doing to a wide range of people, from the factory floor all the way up to management. They have to translate the complex machine to them.
Effectively, our technicians and our sales staff all have to have a very close relationship with the customer. We feel it is important that they take responsibility for the customer’s experience of working with us. This personal approach is part of why we partnered with KraussMaffei and still plays a large part in the company culture.
Q: Tell us more about the company culture?
A: We are a small company and we are close. We are very informal and have a flat structure. We believe in respect for each other and for the customer. We have to respect the customer and also their principles what they stand for. We have to respect the engineering that has gone into the products that we sell.
It starts between us. Management has to earn the respect from the technicians and the team, and vice versa.
Q: Where do you see yourselves in five years’ time?
A: That is a good question. We have learned some difficult lessons in the past and as a result we are not targeting growth as a priority. What we do is quite niche, quite specialised. Instead, we try to maximise what relationship we have with our customers and look at add more value in their operations.
We would rather grow our employees’ skills set than the company. We want to develop our own staff, their competence and their ability to be more. We want to maximise the customer’s performance. Once we become a technical partner to our customers, we’ve got to remain relevant. That is the growth.
Q: What are the market trends at the moment?
A: There is a trend towards automation. We are quite interested in that and aim to be at the forefront of it. We support our customers to go from semi-manual to automated processes. It’s one thing to stay on top of what is new and trending but we must be able to also implement them.
Q: How do you achieve this?
A: In everything we do we make sure our team have all the necessary tools - not just hardware tools, but also software and so on. This includes the know how and the back-up.
For example, if we get involved in a robotics system we want the designer of the robotic system and our team to understand each other. They need to understand what services and what support we can deliver and we need to understand what they can give us. That involves training - sending people overseas to the manufacturer to learn so that we are sure that we will be able to support the product.
Q: How do you keep your staff motivated under the pressure of being on top all the time?
A: The learning is a motivator in itself because there is a sense of growing. People are growing in their knowledge about what they are capable of. They are growing personally, which is a fundamental part of feeling motivated. We want our employees to know that they are on a growth path. We grow together.
Q: Do you have a lot of competitors in the market place?
A: Yes, we do. If you go back to our history when we were selling injection-moulding machines in South Africa, which is a small market even when we first started in the nineties, there were thirty or forty machine suppliers competing for the business. They were all offering moulding machines, so how do you differentiate between yourself and that environment? It is fundamental to be a competent technical partner to your client.
Q: What advice would you give to someone interested in starting a business similar to yours?
A: You need to know what value you can add. You need to be able to make sure that you can deliver on your service offering and make sure that you are paid for it.
Q: You mentioned that you don’t want to expand the business exponentially, is there any reason for that?
A: We don’t want to expand away from what we know. We know our business, we know its strength and we know what works. We don’t want to lose the fundamental principles that make our business successful and allow us to deliver on our service offering. We don’t simply want to expand for expansion sake. If we do land up expanding, we want it to be an organic process.
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In addition to the PO systems, the order size includes multiple extruders for manufacturing corrugated PVC tubes, a few lines for manufacturing PVC pipes, as well as two double-strand systems for manufacturing U-PVC sewage pipes (for the diameter range from 63 to 160 mm). "The design of the double-strand lines features impressively low space requirements," Kessler explains. "With the combination of two KMD 108-36/R twin-screw extruders, we are offering the customer a custom solution that enables extremely space-saving, extremely high-performance and very energy-efficient production. It is an interesting solution when you need to produce standard pipes with large dimensions while also raising the profit margins somewhat," Kessler says. The system, which could be seen at K 2016 before being delivered to the customer, proves that customized concepts can be used to reduce production costs and increase overall equipment efficiency for the long term. Tubrica, one of the leading pipe producers in South America, has an annual production capacity of approximately 90,000 tonnes and mostly supplies customers in the South American market. Team of Tubrica and KraussMaffei Berstorff in front of the PVC double strand line that was shown at K 2016 before delivery to the customer
For further information, visit: www.tubrica.com www.kraussmaffeiberstorff.com/oeeplus
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About the 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 it's 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 4,500 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. For more information: www.kraussmaffeigroup.com