Wittmann Battenfeld has Successfully Launched its Airmould 4.0 Internal Gas Pressure Technology

After WITTMANN BATTENFELD first presented the new generation of the Airmould internal gas pressure technology to its customers at the Fakuma 2021, the development targets have now been reached, and the competitive system has already been installed and tested on the premises of several customers. With the further development of Airmould, an even more compact and user-friendly system has been created, which meets the industry’s requirements and offers its users several advantages.

Airmould is WITTMANN BATTENFELD’s solution to meet the need for saving resources, lightweight construction, and extremely short cycle times. Airmould internal gas pressure technology is a process by which nitrogen is injected into a mould cavity either partly or completely filled with plastic melt to form an internal cavity structure. In this way, lightweight parts can be produced within a short cycle time and with high-quality surfaces while also saving resources.

Since the end of the 1980s, WITTMANN BATTENFELD has been developing and producing internal gas pressure technology at its facility in Meinerzhagen / Germany, focusing on meeting its customers’ needs and markets. This applies equally to the new upgrade Airmould 4.0, by which WITTMANN BATTENFELD has taken a significant step forward. Airmould 4.0 is the only internal gas pressure system that functions without having a large control cabinet which takes up a lot of space on the production floor. The modules required are also about 15% smaller than previous versions; they are very compact and can be mounted and used flexibly on every type of injection moulding machine. Another great advantage of this system is that the technical expertise for the injection moulding machine and the Airmould system both come from a single source, and Airmould 4.0 is optimally designed to meet the demands of the market. In fact, Airmould 4.0 can not only be integrated into the B8 control system of an injection moulding machine for easier operation, but also into machines of other brands via the uniform operating panel of the WITTMANN Group. For example, at the company`s long-standing Airmould customer Oberland MV, where Airmould 4.0 has already been in use on one of their existing machines since mid-April.

The team members of Oberland MV commit themselves daily to keep on inspiring their customers with innovative ideas and excellent performance. To achieve this, they rely on Airmould 4.0 every day. Almost 80% of the reusable boxes produced by their company have been manufactured using the Airmould process for decades, so more than 120 modules from WITTMANN BATTENFELD are now in use there, from both the predecessor series and the new generation of Airmould 4.0. Weight reductions, component stability and minimisation of sink marks are important arguments in favour of this technology, as these constitute an assurance of high-quality standards for the strong wall thicknesses of Oberland MV’s products.

Innovative and ecologically sustainable, reusable solutions have made Oberland MV a leading manufacturer of packaging for the European beverage industry. They offer their customers system solutions, including product development, manufacturing and design, and recycling. Prizes won, such as the German Packaging Award and the World Star Packaging Award,d are tangible evidence of the company’s commitment to high-quality standards for over 50 years.

Airmould 4.0 units in connection with any injection molding machine with EUROMAP 62 interface

Satisfied customers using internal gas pressure daily have confirmed to WITTMANN BATTENFELD that the development targets for Airmould internal gas pressure technology have been defined and pursued correctly. WITTMANN BATTENFELD looks forward to opening up further market potential with Airmould 4.0, especially under present production conditions, and to convince users of the advantages of this internal gas pressure technology. After all, who would not prick up their ears when there are buzzwords such as saving resources, minimising energy consumption, simple workcell concept, intuitive operation, low operating costs, and short cycle times?

Where necessary, customers will receive application technology support in introducing Airmould. This support may range from assistance with the machine layout to the pilot series in production, depending on the customer’s requirements, since WITTMANN BATTENFELD offers the necessary components and application technology support, servicing of the equipment, and spare parts. Moreover, prospective buyers can see the advantages of Airmould 4.0 for themselves on Wittmann Interactive.

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