Wittmann Battenfeld Unveils the Ingrinder

Wittmann Battenfeld is set to launch a new concept in in-house recycling and granulation, the Ingrinder.

Since the annual FAKUMA 2020 show in Southern Germany has been postponed to next year (2021) due to the health risks arising from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, Wittmann Battenfeld is now presenting the exhibits originally planned for FAKUMA 2020 in the form of product videos. These will then be posted on a “Virtual Fakuma” portal.

The company’s Ingrinder technology takes pride of place.

With the Ingrinder, Wittmann Battenfeld has created an innovative solution to promote the recycling economy. This product is an injection moulding system with integrated sprue picker, granulator and vacuum conveyor. The granulator and the sprue picker can be operated via the machine’s UNILOG B8 control system.

Wittmann Battenfeld is set to video this innovation on a machine from the servo-hydraulic SmartPower series, a SmartPower 60/210. On the machine, a can with a lid is produced from PS with a 2-2-cavity mould. A WP50 sprue picker from WITTMANN with swivel drive removes the sprue and then passes it to the G-Max granulator that has been integrated into the system.

The material recycled by the granulator is then transported to the machine’s material hopper by a FEEDMAX basic vacuum conveyor. The WITTMANN vacuum conveyors enable alternating conveyance of virgin material and regrind, so that a thorough blend is created by this process, together with discharge of the material into the hopper.

Daniel Williams, Joint MD for Wittmann Battenfeld UK commented:

“We are delighted to be innovating in the recycling space, which continues to grow in importance with every passing year.”

Tracy Cadman, Joint WIBA UK added:

“This Ingrinder concept owes much to the success of our Insider automation packages. Customers increasingly value the convenience and the financial savings in a turnkey package. Connectivity and Wittmann 4.0 have made this approach ever more practical.”

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