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This product is practically unmatched in versatility: Thanks to its modular configuration and application-oriented equipment options, the GX series from KraussMaffei meets the requirements of the packaging and automotive industry as well as those of manufacturers using injection molding for technical components. Its clamping force range has now been extended upwards: The GX 1300 is here.
“With the new large GX (clamping force of 13,000 kN), KraussMaffei intends to achieve an even better foothold in the growth market of logistics and packaging,” explained Vice President of New Machine Sales Brian Bishop. “There is a decisive benefit of the new size: Applications such as pails or crates can be implemented in a double cavity on one machine, for example. The compact design of the 2-platen technology also saves valuable installation space.”
Reusable crates – with a stable form even when fully loaded.
One application example is the production of reusable crates for the transport and storage of a wide variety of goods. “For a reusable crate that is meant to survive for many years in a closed transport circuit for food, for instance, sturdy wall thicknesses are required in comparison to disposable crates,” said Bishop. “This requires a high material throughput with a short cycle time.”
This is where the benefits of the HPS barrier screws from KraussMaffei come into play. The melt is conducted forward through two channels, and the dyes are distributed with outstanding evenness. The outcome is top-notch homogenization of the melt, which in turn allows for streak-free surfaces. This is particularly important for branded products such as beverage crates.
Fast, efficient production of large pails
“In the production of large pails, the GX series likewise features outstanding performance and maximum sustainability,” said Bishop. “First and foremost, these products require a large capacity and high stability at the same time, as well as minimum material consumption in production and smooth, flawless surfaces.”
The GX series scores a point with the Speed option. Synchronized with GuideX, a precision guide with exceptionally low resistance even at high mold load, the Speed option provides extremely fast clamping movements and reduces the cycle time for large opening strokes. Together with the in-mold labelling process (IML), individualized decorations of the pails can also be integrated cost-effectively.
Minimum scrap and more sustainability
Like the other GX machines, the latest member of the series is optionally equipped with APC plus (Adaptive Process Control). This machine function ensures extreme consistency in the component weight — even if recycled material is used — and thus high product quality. It does so by regulating the changeover point from injection pressure to holding pressure and the holding pressure level in real time. This allows for reducing the scrap to a minimum. The low energy consumption is the result of the BluePower servo drive, and it is another selling point of the GX series in terms of conserving resources.
By expanding its portfolio with the addition of the GX 1300, KraussMaffei is providing its customers with one more option for making use of the flexibility and advantages of the GX series.