Friday, December 02, 2022

The cycle of materials in 2022: from caps for insulin pens to car door modules


KraussMaffei en la K 2022 Pabelln 15, Stand C15/C24-D24

Redacción Interempressas05/09/2022

We all know: plastic waste is actually raw material. raw material. However, this does not change the fact that very little of this waste is recycled and returned to the materials cycle. At K 2022 (Hall 15, Stand C15/C24-D24), KraussMaffei will showcase not only the machinery needed, but also new digital solutions that enable maximum savings in terms of energy consumption and carbon footprint. Energy and carbon footprint.

Disposable products are in high demand worldwide, especially in the healthcare sector. Very often the products are used for a short period of time and have minor contamination. These are ideal conditions for later use as raw material for components designed for long life. For example, at the CrossAfami stand, a firm represented by Coscola, visitors will be able to see how insulin caps for cars become door modules.

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Visitors to its stand will be able to watch the whole process live: One PX 200-1400 Virgin Medical manufactures 96 insulin pen caps per shot from polypropylene material. After shredding, these plugs serve as the base material for the up-cycling process performed in the ZE28 BluePower Twin-Screw Extruder. Various additives such as binding agents and liquid pigments are added, mixed and homogenized here.

The resulting compound is then added to the injection machine, specially in the new power molding 1300-11900 with a clamping force of 13,000 kN. This newly developed series is based on proven two-plate technology offering a range of highly standardized options and has been specifically designed as a cost-effective variant for near-standard applications.


KraussMaffei will demonstrate the entire material cycle, from insulin pen caps to door modules, using a wide range of innovative digital solutions.

KraussMaffei holds a leading position in this field and is the only manufacturer that provides complete machinery involved in the material cycle as well as suitable digital solutions. This makes the circular economy much more efficient than before. After all, the initial investment in a new injection molding machine represents only 10-20% of the total life cycle cost.

The rest is due to the actual operation of the machine. This means reducing the cost of energy, maintenance, etc. Not only protects the environment, but also increases economic efficiency at the same time.

Reduced carbon footprint and energy costs in line with a strong environmental awareness

With the app shown at the KraussMaffei booth in K 2022, all sustainability-relevant process data is recorded and displayed, so that the amount of CO2 Any time saved by the recycling process compared to using virgin material is evident.

For example, with Moton, an application has been developed that shows the energy consumption of each step of the process. This application allows transformers to be specifically recorded and to improve their energy consumption. The ACPplus digital solution has been optimized and is now better suited for processing retrieved material. This allows the output to be automatically adjusted to environmental conditions such as temperature or air humidity during the injection molding process.

Furthermore, during machine start-up, process setpoints are reached much faster, resulting in a significant reduction in start-up waste. dataXplorer provides in-depth process data by capturing up to 500 machine signals in real time for carbon footprint measurement. Any deviation from the predetermined tolerance limits can be detected immediately.


The social production family allows monitoring of machinery and production machinery and processes.

KraussMaffei offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions to improve production processes – for example, digital products such as LiveCare, Process Support and Production Monitor, which are part of our social production family developed in close collaboration with our customers. Another interesting option is to use PioneersClub, our central platform for customer experience and e-commerce.

With its Social Production Portfolio, CrossMafi shows what is already a reality for injection molding machines in the fields of Industry 4.0, cloud and data analytics. These are just some examples:

  • Production Monitor combines the benefits of social networking with state-of-the-art production monitoring technologies. The machines notify users to be in secure chat rooms.
  • The intelligent process support solution, which works autonomously, detects more deviations in the production process than ever before and takes machine monitoring to a new era.
  • LiveCare is the Crossforgiveness solution for condition-oriented maintenance. Seamlessly integrated into social production, attrition statuses are persistent and attrition statuses are displayed.

PioneersClub provides customers with an overview of all their machines and documents, quick contact with CrossForfei experts and easy access to spare parts.

After all, for customers and public authorities, the topic of sustainability is becoming more and more important. The European Union, for example, is planning to introduce a digital product passport to document, among other things, the materials used for each product and how they have been processed.

The digital products offered by KraussMaffei allow you to take the first step in this direction right now.


Both the app for smartphone app and the web app for PC or tablet are available for use with the social production option.

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