ENGEL will be demonstrating how tailor-made interplay between the injection moulding machine, automation, and the mould can reconcile these demands cost-effectively and sustainably at the Arabplast 2019 from January 5 to 8 in Dubai, United Arabic Emirates (UAE).
"Plastics processors in these industries are increasingly investing in the modernisation and expansion of their machinery," reported Andreas Leitner, Sales Director Middle East at ENGEL in the run-up to Arabplast. "Demand is particularly high for solutions that lead to greater efficiency and further increase sustainability."
In addition to injection moulding machines, ENGEL develops process technologies, robots and special automation solutions in-house and also collaborates with partner companies.?One of these partners, Otto Hofstetter, is exhibiting along with ENGEL in Dubai. Among other capabilities, the Swiss toolmaker is one of the world's leading suppliers of thin-walled packaging. The two partners have many joint reference projects in the UAE.
Packaging:Maximum performance and minimal energy consumption
During the four days of the fair, ENGEL and Otto Hofstetter will be presenting a whole range of different thin-walled containers – from small food containers to larger paint buckets – which are manufactured using in-mould labelling (IML) at particularly low unit costs.
IML makes it possible to produce highly decorated, ready-to-fill packaging in a single production step. For this purpose, a decorative film is automatically inserted into the mould and back-moulded with thermoplastic material.
The high-performance machines in ENGEL's e motion series ensure that even extremely thin-walled containers are highly stable in these applications. With its closed system for toggle levers and spindles, the all-electric e-motion ensures optimum and clean lubrication of all moving machine components at all times, thus complying with the strict requirements of the food industry.
The e-cap, which ENGEL developed specifically for cap production, is the cap machine providing all-electric operation with a clamping force range as high as 4,200 kN and low-energy consumption. Because it is all-electric, the e-cap also saves cooling water.
Construction:Compact solutions for voluminous moulds
Logistics:Reliable processing of recycled materials
The trend towards greater sustainability is particularly evident in the area of logistics. Companies in the Middle East would like to completely do without wooden pallets in the long term.
"Pallets are increasingly being produced from recycled packaging waste," said Leitner. "The circular economy trend is leading to more and more high-quality applications being developed for recycled materials, which we support as machine manufacturer and system solution provider."
With their very powerful plasticising units, compact, dual-platen, large-scale machines by ENGEL duo series are optimally equipped for processing recycled material.
To achieve full automation even for larger dimensions, ENGEL offers its viper robots with a nominal payload capacity of up to 120 kg. With a mould take-off stroke of 3000 mm and a reach of 3550 mm, the ENGEL viper 120 is expanding the horizon of linear robotics.
New service base in Dubai
To ensure close proximity to its customers worldwide, ENGEL is continuously expanding its sales and service network. In the Middle East, the service team in particular has recently been expanded. Dubai now also has its own service base with a very experienced technician.