Wittmann Battenfeld UK – Energy-Saving Automation at Interplas 2023

One abiding memory of last October’s K 2022 trade exhibition in Düsseldorf was the sight of Michael Wittmann powering up the new Wittmann ErgoRobot via pedal power.

The Wittmann bicycle/robot exhibit was a sure-fire crowd pleaser – and it also succeeded in making two important points:

  • Continuing proof of continuous Wittmann innovation in robotics for the profitable injection moulder.
  • Continuing evidence of Wittmann’s commitment to a sustainable and environmental agenda.

The Wittmann Group owes much of its beginnings to a successful automation strategy – created specifically for ‘real life’ moulder needs. Over the past three to four years Wittmann’s commitment to lead the energy-saving field has been evident in its design of low-energy injection moulding machines, dryers and material handling systems, and in automation.

The K 2022 show, for example, unveiled the company’s radical new design of the WX128 robot – a versatile and compact system that is now set to take over from the global bestselling W818/W918 series.

Michael Wittmann powering up the new Wittmann ErgoRobot via pedal power at K 2022.

The WX128 already benefits from the experience made with the larger WX138 – already available in today’s market. Even at first glance, the new robot impresses prospective buyers with a newly developed compact control cabinet on the horizontal Z axis – shortened by 30%.

The WX 128 design aim was to create an easily accessible, compact and low-maintenance design – and future proofing it with flexible upgradeability. For example, the WX128 can be equipped with up to two additional rotational servo axes; available on purchase or as an easy retrofit later.

Fast forward to this year’s Interplas 2023 and visitors to the Wittmann Battenfeld UK stand – its biggest space yet – will not only be appraised of the WX 128 – and its energy-saving abilities – but of all Wittmann’s varied automation solutions

Wittmann Battenfeld UK Joint Managing Director Dan Williams says, “for us, energy saving and automation efficiency go hand in glove. We are happy to challenge any moulder to see how Wittmann robotics can ultimately reduce utility bills and operational cost. Our Interplas 2023 presentations will provide energy-saving statistics across our entire equipment range. Our energy-saving robots can be fitted on any legacy equipment regardless of age, make or size.”

Tracy Cadman, Joint Wittmann MD says that “Wittmann’s energy-saving challenge is a key part of our service to the market – no less so than for our trade-mark robots and automation. The WX 128 robot is set to continue that tradition and we are delighted to introduce it into the UK.”

Dan also notes that connectivity and automation in injection moulding can only grow as manufacturers take on more and more complex projects: “Wittmann robotic repeatability and control gives any moulder complete peace of mind throughout any project process. We can support you with a simple pick and place robotic solution or else a fully automated Multi Insert Moulding application with full camera measurement and downstream automation. Visit Wittmann at Interplas and see for yourself!

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