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  ["title"] => string(78) ""Technology meets Digital": KraussMaffei Group makes a push for digitalization"
  ["teaser"] => string(227) "– New use-based business models for machines and software 
– Experience APC Plus, DataXplorer and AnalytiX live at the Fakuma trade show
– New digital location for approximately 50 employees in Munich's Neuaubing district"
  ["htmlcontent"] => string(5799) "<p>(Munich, October 17, 2018) The KraussMaffei Group is writing another chapter of its 180-year company history. Its existing claim to build the best machinery for plastics processing is now being supplemented with a wide variety of digital offers in the areas of service, new business models and products. Installing its new "Digital Service Solutions" (DSS) business unit, the KraussMaffei Group is pushing ahead with the digitalization of the company with great impact.</p>
<h3>Three strong pillars</h3>
<p>"We firmly believe that the combination of mechanical excellence and service excellence will make the difference in our market in the future. Our worldwide service will be the very reason why customers decide in favor of KraussMaffei. Our goal is to create measurable added value for our customers," explains Nadine Despineux, who has been heading the new DSS business area since July of this year. "Customer Care", "Customer Value" and "Digital Solutions" make up the three strong pillars of DSS which will also be on display at Fakuma.</p>
<h3>Global customer service – The new e-service platform</h3>
<p>Customer Care includes the present conventional service as well as future service, which must be seamless both chronologically and in terms of content: 360°, 365 days a year. The best example is the e-service platform presented in Friedrichshafen, which already offers a wide variety of service functions to our customers today. Among these are access to machine-specific documents, the 3D spare parts finder with direct purchase order trigger or the integrated ticket system. In short, the customer benefits from an additional safeguard of production efficiency. This service can be accessed at any time, from any location.</p>
<p>The new e-service platform was first presented as a test version at the K 2016 trade show. "Since then, we have been specifically gathering customer feedback. We have developed the desired new features quickly and with agility, and then we have implemented them so that already last year we could move on to field testing and win our first customers for the platform," says Despineux. For fast implementation, the initial focus has been on what is called the "speedboat variant" for the Netstal products. Now, the platform is to be expanded to cover all products of the KraussMaffei Group—following the motto of "Think big—act small &amp; fast."</p>
<h3>New Rent-it and Gindumac business models</h3>
<p>Customer Value includes new business models such as "Rent it – don't buy it," introduced in 2017, and the Gindumac platform for used machinery, in which KraussMaffei holds a stake. They provide the answer to one of the most pressing challenges of plastic processors. The purchase of a machine is an expensive investment especially for small and mid-size injection molding companies (and the long service life of the KraussMaffei machine is rather a competitive disadvantage here). On the other hand, companies that rent flexible production capacity tie up only a little capital and always stay at the technological forefront. The first wave of customers has already deliberately decided in favor of this model.</p>
<p>However, presenting such a model in a way as commercially attractive as KraussMaffei does it is possible only if the lessor is capable of taking back a large number of used machines after the lease expires. This is why KraussMaffei decided earlier this year to invest in Gindumac, a startup company. The startup operates a globally oriented Internet platform for used machinery. The platform connects all quotations and interested parties with each other globally. The advantages of this business model, in turn, have a positive effect on the calculation of leasing rates.</p>
<h3>AnalytiX – The injection molding machine for your pocket</h3>
<p>Under the keyword of Digital Customer Solutions, APC Plus can be viewed at Fakuma as well as the DataXplorer and AnalytiX tools and interfaces. DataXplorer is the name of an analytical tool for recording, storing and evaluating up to 500 signals at a resolution of 5 ms. These can be standard signals of the machine or special signals such as the mold cavity pressure. This provides a fascinating view, rich in detail, of systems and processes that can be used for improving production efficiency or for Condition Monitoring.</p>
<p>AnalytiX is an evaluation tool for the customer to keep its machines in view, anytime and anywhere, and benefit from automated evaluations of processes and machine statuses. Using intelligent key figures for stability and productivity, the user can identify negative trends or performance deviations of individual machines at one glance. "Our customers often do not wish for 'Big Data' but rather for a solution allowing them to monitor their injection molding machine in production using simple key figures while having breakfast—an injection molding machine for their pocket, so to speak. And we are offering this in the form of AnalytiX," explains Despineux. Like the e-service platform, AnalytiX was developed as a "speedboat" for the Netstal products and it is now being consistently and comprehensively extended to cover all KraussMaffei products.</p>
<h3>New location for DSS in Munich's Neuaubing district</h3>
<p>The new Digital Service Solutions business unit will move to a new location in Munich's Neuaubing district in February 2019. There, currently space is being created for up to 50 employees in a creative environment in which agile working methods will be the order of the day. "Not only is this highly attractive for recruiting new talent in the areas of business architects, product owners or data analysts, but it also provides the new business unit with a high impact capability in the market," says Despineux.</p>"
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  ["teaser"] => string(276) "– The KraussMaffei Group expands its business model as well as digital services and products   
– Orders and sales above previous year
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  ["htmlcontent"] => string(2864) "<p>(Munich, October 17, 2018) The KraussMaffei Group is repositioning itself. Under the name "Compass", the company has developed a two-pillar strategy. In addition to classic plastics machinery construction this new strategy aims at intensifying and accelerating the development of digital services and products, as well as new business models. To this end, the new Digital Service Solutions business unit was established in July, and is expected to make a substantial contribution to the Group's sales in the future. The new strategy is initially designed for a period of five years until 2023.</p>
<p>The KraussMaffei Group is thus continuing its growth course. The share of digital services and products, as well as new services such as the "Rent It" machine rental model, will be steadily increased in the coming years. For this purpose the new business unit Digital Service Solutions was established in July. "We are positioning KraussMaffei as a company that is consistently focusing on customer needs in the age of digitization. In the coming years, we will significantly expand our business model and add digital excellence to our high level of mechanical expertise. This means that in future we will not only sell our customers high-quality machines as usual, but also create added value around the machine. We want to provide our customers with excellent service around the globe and around the clock – and make them attractive offers," explains Dr. Frank Stieler, CEO of the KraussMaffei Group.</p>
<h3>Positive business development in 2018</h3>
<p>A positive development is anticipated for the current financial year. In the first three quarters, incoming orders amounted to 1.05 billion euros. This corresponds to an increase of 2.5 percent compared with the same period in the previous year. Sales amounted to 973 million euros. This corresponds to an increase in sales of 15 million euros or 1.6 percent.</p>
<p>The number of employees has also increased significantly. Today, the Group employs almost 5,500 people (including apprentices) – a record number. Since the end of 2016 alone, 618 new jobs have been created worldwide. This means a 13 percent increase in the number of employees within just under two years. "I am particularly pleased that we are currently qualifying 310 apprentices for their future professional careers - more than ever before," says Dr. Stieler.</p>
<h3>Listing procedure on the Shanghai Stock Exchange nearing completion</h3>
<p>The planned listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange is due to be approved this year. The Chinese authorities are currently reviewing the application from KraussMaffei's parent company China National Chemical Corporation. CEO Stieler: "The listing process is going according to plan. We expect the China Securities Regulatory Commission to give the green light in the coming weeks."</p>"
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  ["title"] => string(95) "Efficient pipe production: GF Piping Systems Malaysia invests in KraussMaffei Berstorff systems"
  ["teaser"] => string(390) "(Munich, October 1, 2018) GF Piping Systems, one of the leading providers of pipe systems worldwide, is expanding its production capacity in Asia and has entrusted KraussMaffei Berstorff with the task of delivering the appropriate equipment. At the Taman Perindustrian Air Hitam, Klang location (near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), two pipe extrusion systems were recently brought into operation."
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<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">"We are delighted that such a renowned customer has chosen our QuickSwitch Technology," explains Andreas Kessler, General Sales Manager at KraussMaffei Berstorff Munich.<br />"For us, that is proof that processors in Asia also find value in the cost-effective aspects of our in-line dimension change system," continues Kessler. With this system, Georg Fischer (GF) will produce HDPE pipes using the QuickSwitch process for the 160 – 250 mm diameter range and will generate an enormous potential for savings due to the high performance capacity and productivity. Small order batches and the elimination of set-up times provide maximum flexibility and thus, a real competitive advantage.</p>
<h3 class="zwischenheadline">Three-layer system for SILENTA 3A production</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">The latest investment includes another system that produces three-layer sewer pipes made of Polypropylene. This piping system is sold under the brand name SILENTA 3A. With its noise insulating properties it is primarily used as domestic drainage pipes in multi-story buildings.</p>
<p class="Informationbildmaterial">Georg Fischer Malaysia has been continuously evolving since it was founded in 1996. As a leading provider, the standalone subsidiary sells premium quality pipe systems for various applications, such as building systems, water and gas lines and fittings that are adapted to the specific market requirements in Asia.<br />There are 50 employees at the Taman Perindustrian Air Hitam, Klang location (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).</p>
<p>Further information is available online at:<br /><a href="http://www.gfps.com/country_MY/en/about-GF-PipingSystems/malaysia.html" target="_blank">http://www.gfps.com/country_MY/en/about-GF-PipingSystems/malaysia.html</a></p>"
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  ["teaser"] => string(329) "(Munich, August 21, 2018) Adopen Plastic and Industrial Construction Inc. Co., one of the leading profile manufacturers in Turkey (headquartered in Antalya) placed another large order for more than 16 profile extruders. The machines were delivered in various slots over the past months and will soon go into operation in Antalya."
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<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">"We are very proud of and excited about another large order from our longtime, faithful customer, Adopen," says Andreas Kessler, General Sales Manager at KraussMaffei Berstorff Munich. "The company is now expanding its impressive machine pool of nearly 100 systems by adding another 16 profiling machines, which will be used in producing classic PVC window and exclusive profiles," Kessler explains.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">The current order includes 12 KMD 90-32/P series twin-screw extruders, a KMD 75-32/P and three KMD 63 K/P conical twin-screw extruders. "Along with the high performance capacity of the machines comes the excellent product quality we attain in extremely flexible and cost-effective production," Mr Emre Aksoy, Chief Production Officer at Ado Group says.</p>
<p class="zwischenheadline"><strong>Renowned Turkish processor with global activities</strong></p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Founded in 1997, the company first concentrated on the domestic market. After a short time, Adopen established itself as a leading window profile manufacturer with international activities and production facilities in five different countries. In addition to the classic PVC window profile, the portfolio includes additional products such as sheets, laminate flooring or natural fiber-reinforced plastics.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">The company employs 3000 people worldwide.</p>"
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  ["title"] => string(92) "Polymer extrusion: Further development of the mixing elements in cooperation with IPEC, Linz"
  ["teaser"] => string(489) "(Munich/Linz, August 03, 2018) In cooperation with the Institute for Polymer Extrusion and Compounding at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz (IPEC), KraussMaffei Berstorff has carried out scientific tests on mixing systems in several simulation series. The company is now using the consistently positive results of the investigation to optimize its single-screw extruders in view of the changing market requirements, with the primary aim being to further improve final product quality."
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<p>"The investigation clearly shows that, with our philosophy put into practice over many years, we have our finger on the pulse of the manufacturers. The use of balanced mixing elements in single-screw technology has for many years been our main principle, because it guarantees the customer's manufacture of premium-quality products," says Dr.-Ing. Otto Skrabala, a development engineer at KraussMaffei Berstorff at the Munich location.</p>
<p>By means of numerical flow simulations, the influence of two elementary geometries on the feed and mixing process was examined. On the basis of these analyses, scientifically sound design strategies can be formulated. Thus, for example, factors such as the speed distribution in the flow channel, the pressure consumption or even the temperature have a decisive effect on the quality of the extrudate, and therefore also the end product. Perfect homogeneity can thus be achieved only through the use of balanced mixing elements.</p>
<p>"We will continually use the consistently positive results of the study in our development activities, with the primary aim of ensuring even higher product quality for the customer with the use of our single-screw extruder," concludes Dr. Skrabla.</p>"
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  ["title"] => string(84) "ZE Basic twin-screw extruder doubles biocompound production capacity at Tecnaro GmbH"
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  ["htmlcontent"] => string(3106) "<p>(Hannover, 21 June 2018) Thanks to the installation of the new compounding line from Hannover-based KraussMaffei Berstorff, Tecnaro GmbH succeeds in doubling its biocompound production capacity in the Ilsfeld-Auenstein facilities. The bioplastics specialist is thus well prepared for the ever increasing demand for tailored alternative plastics compounds and in a position to ensure cost-effective large-volume production.</p>
<p>Tecnaro specializes in technologies for industrial use of renewable raw materials in plastics processing. Since its foundation in 1998, the company has been committed to the production of biocompounds. Today, Tecnaro employs 30 staff members and supplies its products not only to customers around the globe, but to almost all branches of industry. While lignin-based compounds referred to as Arboform are used for loudspeakers, musical instruments, toys, design objects or urns, for instance, the optionally bio-degradable raw materials of the Arboblend series are applied for packagings, office supplies, household items, film and sheets as well as for other semi-finished products, to name but a few examples. There is also a great demand for the third Tecnaro product line based on filled compounds made from renewable raw materials suited for the production of household items, packagings, technical profiles and chairs.</p>
<p>Tecnaro produces these biocompounds on twin-screw extruders. "We started with second-hand machines, one of which was originally delivered by KraussMaffei Berstorff. This is one of the reasons why we opted again for a compounding line from Hannover," says Jürgen Pfitzer, Chief Executive Officer of Tecnaro GmbH. The recently installed new line is a ZE Basic 62 twin-screw extruder for a maximum output rate of 800 kg/h. This extruder will enable the compounding company to double its production capacity per year. "The possible scale-up of our formulations for the production of larger quantities of specific compounds on the new extruder is of decisive importance to us," adds Jürgen Pfitzer who is deeply convinced that – in about 100 years’ time – there will be hardly any fossil-based plastics and that the demand for biocompounds will therefore continue to constantly increase in the future. </p>
<h3>Specifically designed for standard applications</h3>
<p>The twin-screw extruders of the ZE Basic series are extremely versatile and suitable for about 80 % of all plasticizing, filling and reinforcing applications without requiring any major equipment modification. This is why the ZE Basic is the ideal solution for the wide Tecnaro product portfolio. The series comprises a total of four extruder sizes with diameters ranging between 42 and 77 mm and output rates of up to 3 metric tons/hour. Featuring an OD/ID diameter ratio of 1.55 and a 10.5 Nm/cm specific torque factor, the ZE Basic extruders are technically sophisticated systems. Just like the other KraussMaffei Berstorff twin-screw extruders, this series can be tailored to specific requirements in terms of processing section configuration and screw geometry.</p>"
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  ["title"] => string(84) "Pioneering spirit "live" – Enthusiastic crowd at the KraussMaffei Competence Forum"
  ["teaser"] => string(256) "– Celebrating 180 years of innovative technology 
– More than 1,800 visitors witnessed "Technology Pioneers – from Tradition to Innovation"
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  ["htmlcontent"] => string(5987) "<p class="Lead" align="left">(Munich, June 14, 2018) Injection Molding, Reaction Process Machinery, Extrusion: the KraussMaffei Group has been shaping technological development in all three areas for decades. More than 1,800 visitors at the Competence Forum in Munich experienced a veritable celebration of innovative machines and technologies on June 6 and 7. The occasion was the 180th anniversary, celebrated with the slogan of "Technology Pioneers – from Tradition to Innovation". The KraussMaffei Group is systematically expanding its digital excellence with new digital solutions and services.</p>
<p class="Lead" align="left">"The KraussMaffei Competence Forum was a great success. The broad spectrum of groundbreaking machines and technologies that we were able to show our customers at our in-house trade show made it a unique event indeed. It was very well received by the visitors," stated Dr. Frank Stieler, CEO of the KraussMaffei Group. More than 1,800 visitors came to the Competence Forum, among them a considerable number from abroad.</p>
<h3 class="Lead" align="left">An injection molding machine for each decade</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">The visitors were impressed by a total of 25 machine presentations. In Injection Molding Machinery alone, there were 18 exhibits (about one machine per decade) that presented live applications within the clamping force range from 25 to 1600 t. Among these were numerous innovations such as the new PX 25 and PX 320, with which KraussMaffei is expanding its all-electric series by adding two clamping force sizes, one lower and one higher. The new PX 25 impressed visitors with its micro-injection molding of liquid silicone (LSR). A radial sealing ring was produced with an intricate undercut and a weight of only 0.15 grams. The new "big one" of the PX series, with a clamping force of 3,200 kN, was displayed together with the IMD SI DUO film feed, made by our partners at Leonhard Kurz. This enables the world's first independent positioning of two single-image designs, which not only increase output using multi-cavity molds, but also enhance production flexibility.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Additional highlights of Injection Molding Machinery at the Competence Forum were the GX 650 with the new Speed Option, thermoplastic lightweight construction with Fiber-Form technology, ColorForm applications in piano black and new technologies for fiber glass direct feed or for direct compounding.</p>
<h3 class="Flieundblock" align="left">Reaction Process Machinery's own anniversary</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">KraussMaffei's Reaction Process Machinery division not only celebrated the company's 180th anniversary at the Competence Forum, but also an anniversary of its own. Exactly 50 years ago, a special clamping unit with two rotation axes for processing polyurethane was brought onto the market for the first time. KraussMaffei has been steadfast in shaping and driving the development of Reaction Process Machinery forward globally. The visitors were able to see the highlights of the last 50 years on a timeline. The exhibit was accompanied by numerous live applications. The biggest visitor magnets included the new iPul pultrusion system, which produced the hollow chamber profile based on glass fibers and a polyurethane matrix and the PUR foaming system with the new multi-color mixing head. And this created foamed knee cushions in various colors. The visitors witnessed fiber-reinforced lightweight construction ready for large-scale production on the fully automated wetmolding system.</p>
<h3 class="Flieundblock" align="left">Live demonstration of groundbreaking technologies in extrusion technology</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Extrusion technology showed itself to be a real trendsetter using its live systems from the pipe and profile manufacturing sector. The visitors were thoroughly impressed by the TCP pilot line (Thermoplastic Composite Pipes). It impressively demonstrated the precise wrapping of a base pipe with fiberglass tapes for high-pressure applications in the oil and gas industry. In addition, the newly developed three-layer pipe head produced a three-layer pipe with a functional inner layer made from PA 12. Another visitor magnet was the profile extrusion line, which created a two-color lamp housing out of polycarbonate using the coextrusion process.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Additional exhibits, such as the direct extrusion system or the recycling model, once again proved the innovative ability of extrusion technology.</p>
<h3 class="Flieundblock" align="left">Experiencing Plastics 4.0 live</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">At numerous exhibits, the KraussMaffei Group presented its entire Plastics 4.0 product line and made the possibilities and advantages of Industry 4.0 in plastics processing come alive for the visitors. The presentation of the new MES system, MaXecution, and the live application of the DataXplorer on the GX 650 FiberForm system were highlights. With its microscopic view, it records up to 500 signals on the machine, including the organic sheet heat-up time. All injection molding machines were equipped with the intelligent APC plus (Adaptive Process Control) machine function, which provides extreme weight consistency of parts and the highest process reliability.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">In order to bring even more effectiveness into digital solutions and services, the KraussMaffei Group is starting the Digital Service Solutions business unit on July 1. It will deal with service and aftermarket and link classic and digital activities.</p>
<p>180 years of KraussMaffei – a success story. The KraussMaffei Group has been able to continue its pioneering spirit and continually reinvent itself. As one of the global leading providers of machines and systems for plastics and rubber processing, it is now moving into the digital age with vigor.</p>"
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<p>"We are fully focusing on the needs of our customers which also includes a wider digital offering. With Digital Service Solutions we want to consistently combine our digital services with our technological advances," said Dr. Frank Stieler, CEO of the KraussMaffei Group. "In close collaboration with our customers we are deepening our existing offerings such as in predictive maintenance and are establishing new offerings around platform-based analytics. We are creating innovative solutions that simplify and individualize the use of KraussMaffei machines and make it possible to control these from anywhere in the world," said Stieler.</p>
<p>In the future, customers across all segments will benefit from digital services in the areas of individual data analytics, platform-based machine controlling, connectivity and new "plug-and-play" offerings.</p>
<p>Nadine Despineux, currently Vice President Sales IMM (Injection Molding Machinery), will head the new business unit Digital Service Solutions starting from July 1st, 2018. In her new position as Managing Director of KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH she will also gain a seat in the Executive Committee of the KraussMaffei Group.</p>"
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  ["teaser"] => string(455) "(Munich, June 6, 2018) Efficient and flexible production, central monitoring and data acquisition are some of the most important factors for processors if they want to keep their competitive edge, especially with regard to the demands of Industry 4.0. Therefore, at the Competence Forum, KraussMaffei Berstorff is presenting both a number of innovative system concepts and highlights such as the C6 system control or the QuickSwitch automation technology."
  ["htmlcontent"] => string(2348) "<h3 class="zwischenheadline">State-of-the-art C6 control system: Basis of networked production</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">"Our state-of-the-art C6 control system is the platform for a central monitoring and control system that customers need for moving towards a networked factory," says Matthias Sieverding, President of Extrusion Technology at the KraussMaffei Group. At any time, the processor has direct access to individual units of a line or the entire system and thus has an ideal production and optimization tool.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Helpful functions for this purpose include the wireless integration of machines into the company network, the X-Manager for Windows-based monitoring and the messenger system for automated notification for machine alarms. "We are currently collaborating intensively with our competitors on the standardized Euromap 84 interface, which will offer customers a much broader range of options for networking production and acquiring data from its machines for transfer to higher-level systems," says Sieverding. Plans call for the definition to be passed in 2018 and implemented in 2019.</p>
<h3 class="zwischenheadline">QuickSwitch: Maximum automation</h3>
<p class="zwischenheadline">Looking for flexible response times, short delivery times or small order batches in pipe production? QuickSwitch, the system for automatic dimension change, is your answer. It is exemplary for efficient production that conserves material, manpower and time and reacts quickly to even the smallest order lots. The Competence Forum exhibit will feature the calibration basket (280 – 500 mm).</p>
<h3 class="zwischenheadline">Global digital range of services</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">KraussMaffei is advancing its Industry 4.0 developments under the umbrella brand Plastics 4.0. In addition to advanced data acquisition tools, intelligent machine functions and integrated plant systems, this includes a global range of services such as the remote maintenance system for fast troubleshooting and fault remedy. Additional intelligent tools, such as the integrated webshop for spare parts deliveries or the e-service platform, are in the development phase.</p>
<p>Bundling all these activities is the company's way of helping processors reach their goal of a smart factory.</p>"
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  ["title"] => string(82) "Groundbreaking technologies for high-performance pipes in the oil and gas industry"
  ["teaser"] => string(244) "– TCP pilot system (Thermoplastic Composite Pipes) demonstrates the wrapping process with fiber-reinforced UD tapes live
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<h3 class="zwischenheadline">One-of-a-kind service for pre-qualifying TCP sample pipes</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">"With our pilot line, we support our customers with their standards regarding the design of fiber-reinforced pipes from a process technology standpoint," says Matt Sieverding, President of Extrusion Technology at the KraussMaffei Group. "In the pre-qualification of new developments, we offer a service that is one-of-a-kind in the world. This is a real benefit to our customers, as lengthy and time-consuming process steps are drastically shortened," says Sieverding. The base pipe can be produced on our in-house lines for manufacturing pipes, purchased on the market or provided by the customer. The tapes are then wrapped on the TCP pilot line. A reconfiguration of the line allows for subsequent sheathing with a protective layer.</p>
<h3 class="zwischenheadline">Maximum flexibility thanks to a three-level process</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">"For manufacturing TCP pipes, we relied on a three-level process in our system concept. For the customer, this process ensures maximum flexibility in production. And this is combined with a minimum risk in the production process," says Sieverding. At the second stage of the process, the surface of the PE pipe on the winding system is heated with infrared. The tape is then attached at two successive winding stations. An infrared oven for each layer ensures the fusion of the inner pipe with the reinforcing layers, thus ensuring complete bonding. A corresponding guiding device ensures exact positioning and prevents potential tape overlapping. "The fiber-reinforced pipes are excellently suited for the challenging safety requirements and high pressure loads in the oil and gas industry," Sieverding says. In onshore use, the working pressure attains 150 bar at times. In offshore use, the pipe can be required to withstand a pressure stability of more than 500 bar.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">The system for live demonstration at the Competence Forum is designed for a pipe interior diameter range of 50.8 to 152.4 mm (2 to 6 inches) and a maximum permissible operating pressure up to 100 bar (1500 psi). It is currently intended for the use of PE pipes coated with glass-fiber reinforced PE tape. On the long run, however, multi-layer pipes, other fibers and engineering polymers will also be tested.</p>
<h3 class="zwischenheadline">Engineering polymers as a functional inner layer</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">"As a complement to the composite pipes, we are taking groundbreaking steps in pipe extrusion by processing engineering polymers," Sieverding says. Integrated into a complete production line, the KM-3L RKW 250 F³ tube die produces a three-layer PE pipe with a functional inner layer made from polyamide (PA 12). "Our development team was successful in combining the various processing parameters of raw materials such as temperature or shrinkage in this innovative tube die design," says Sieverding happily. The combination of the materials was immediately obvious as PA is substantially more expensive than PE but offers very high chemical and abrasion resistance. For complete bonding, an additional bonding layer is required. Due to their high impact strength and abrasion resistance, pipes manufactured in this way are particularly well suited to corrosive and abrasive media such as those frequently used in the oil, gas and chemical industries.</p>
<p>The live system with the KME 75-36 B/R, KME 45-36 B/R and KME 30-25 D/C single-screw extruders is designed for the dimensional range of 50 to 282 mm and an output of 800 kg/h for PE, 30 kg/h for the bonding agent and 180 kg/h for the functional layer.</p>"
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<h3>Light covers in the coextrusion process</h3>
<p>"Our customers can witness live how a lamp housing is made from polycarbonate at the coextrusion profile line," explains Matthias Sieverding, President of Extrusion Technology at the KraussMaffei Group. A combination of the single-screw extruder KME 60-30 D/P and KME 45-30 D/P produces a light cover that resembles the housing of fluorescent tubes. However, the profile is made of two sections; a colored floor and a translucent area for distributing light. In the line along with the die, a blade cutting unit for swarf-free cutting and a deposit tray as the upstream station for robot technology are integrated. This is displayed in an animation at the end of the line, along with the profile removal by a robot, visual inspection and forwarding to packaging. Production is completely integrated into the C6 control system. Only the LED elements and the end pieces, manufactured with KraussMaffei injection molding systems, have to be attached in a separate working step.<br />The live system is designed for an output of 35 kg/h with a speed of 1.5 m/min.</p>
<h3>System solution for cost-effective sheet extrusion</h3>
<p>"A completely built up sheet system shows our visitors the exemplary cost-effective and flexible manufacturing of PVC sheets," explains Sieverding. A wide variety of coextruded products can be created with cost-effective materials using the total system concept and utilized in the construction industry, container construction and even in advertising. The main extruder KMD 133-32/PL produces the foamed intermediate layer with an output of up to 1100 kg/h, while the coextruder KMD 75-26/PL produces the solid outer layer with an output of up to 240 kg/h. The flexible design allows the processor to modify a monoextrusion in just a few easy steps. "The twin-screw extruder KMD 164-32/PL features a very high output of up to 1400 kg/h and provides another exhibit of our comprehensive expertise in sheet extrusion," Sieverding concludes.</p>
<h3>Plastics recycling and compounding in a single step</h3>
<p>EdelweissCompounding system offers obvious advantages regarding energy efficiency as well as a quality finished product. In this concept, a first extruder processes the recyclate before a second extruder compounds it. By integrating the process into a tandem system, repeat heating of input materials is not necessary. As a result, this saves energy, and the reduced portion of shear energy during plasticizing benefits the material quality. The system can be seen at the Competence Forum as a display model recreated true-to-detail and through an augmented reality presentation for more detailed information.</p>"
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<p>The new online portal provides interesting insights into the world of injection molding, reaction process machinery and extrusion in the KraussMaffei Group. Current news, reports and specialist articles complement the portal, which also includes photo galleries, live streams, videos and animations. Further detailed information will be provided for interested readers by means of additional links for downloading. The new online portal is available in German and English, and can be found on the following links:<br />KraussMaffei <a href="https://ahead.kraussmaffei.com/en/home" target="_blank">https://ahead.kraussmaffei.com/</a><br />KraussMaffei Berstorff <a href="https://ahead.kraussmaffeiberstorff.com/en/home" target="_blank">https://ahead.kraussmaffeiberstorff.com</a><br />Netstal <a href="https://ahead.netstal.com/en/home" target="_blank">https://ahead.netstal.com</a></p>
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<p>"After its market launch at Chinaplas 2018, the new ZE-CN generation will replace the successful ZE Performance series," says Bengt Schmidt, Vice President at KraussMaffei Berstorff in China. "Through state-of-the-art technology, this innovative twin-screw extruder series has been further upgraded and adapted to higher productivity requirements of our Chinese customers."</p>
<h3 class="Subline">ZE-CN for enhanced productivity and uncompromising flexibility</h3>
<p>The new ZE-CN has a powerful drive train and screw elements and shafts made of special material have allowed the torque density to be increased to 12.0 Nm/cm³. As compared to the previous series, compounders achieve about 15 % higher output rates with torque-limited processes owing to the raised torque. In addition, the ZE-CN series scores with an extended range of 4 and 6D barrel housings to precisely tailor the processing section to specific customer requirements.  All barrel housings are characterized by precise temperature control. While cooling is based on cooling water injection, high-performance electric cartridge heaters are used for direct and rapid heating. The C-clamp flange system facilitates assembly and disassembly of the barrel housings and substantially reduces set-up times during barrel housing changes.</p>
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<p>The ZE-CN series is characterized by a constant level of excellent product quality, easy operation and uncompromising reliability. Its high productivity makes it a safe investment with a short payback period. It is aimed specifically at Chinese compounders with standard compounding applications.</p>
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<p>In the coming years, therefore, the KraussMaffei Group will be strategically realigning itself. CEO Dr. Frank Stieler explains the opportunities that the new business models will create for KraussMaffei: "Services, digital services and new offers such as our leasing model will make the difference in the future. These concepts work for all series and applications in our portfolio. If we apply them to our entire product range, great opportunities will be opened up for us."</p>
<p class="Lead" align="left"><strong>Experience 18 injection molding machines and Plastics 4.0 in live operation</strong></p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">For Injection Molding Machinery, the Competence Forum is guided by the principle of "Processing intelligent materials with intelligent machines." "We will be using a total of 18 injection molding machines to give our customers a live demonstration of the expertise and engineering passion that KraussMaffei has for all sectors of the plastics industry. Among these machines, the new all-electric PX 25 for very small shot weights and the PX 320, which expands the application spectrum on the top end, will be making their world premieres. Our Plastics 4.0 modules provide our customers with cutting-edge solutions for digitizing and networking their production," explains Dr. Hans Ulrich Golz, President of the Injection Molding Machinery segment of the KraussMaffei Group. At the Competence Forum, a demonstration will be given of the MES system MaXecution, a reliable tool for planning and production monitoring. DataXplorer creates transparency down to the component level and BlueBoX makes it possible to monitor overall production in real time. On the machine level, the APC plus adaptive process control ensures consistent quality shot-for-shot.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">The GX 650 with the new speed option, an incredibly cost-effective solution for the large packaging market, is making its European debut at the Competence Forum. An additional GX 400 will be producing fittings made from polypropylene in a 10-cavity mold. Other highlights are the demolding process with an innovative link guide, the 6-axis robot with high-tech gripper and the integrated sprue disposal.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">An additional must-see at the Competence Forum is the processing of 3M hollow glass microspheres on the MX 1600-12000. This material allows precise cavities to be made in the compounds, reducing the density. This minimizes weight and offers a great deal of potential for lightweight automotive construction or for insulating properties in construction. The FlexFlow hot runner control from KraussMaffei's Partner, HRS Flow, has been integrated into the MC6 control system to ensure perfectly balanced cascade calibration. This results in components free of joint lines, which can then be painted or electroplated directly.<i>  </i></p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Additional highlights at the Competence Forum include silicone processing (liquid and solid silicone), thermoplastic lightweight construction using FiberForm technology, ColorForm applications with Piano Black as well as direct compounding thanks to the new DCIM process.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left"><b>Netstal ELION for high-volume production</b></p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">In a cycle of about four seconds and with 32 cavities, a hybrid Netstal ELION 2200 produces milk bottle screw-cap closures with a diameter of 38 mm. Every hour, approximately 29,000 screw-cap closures are injection-molded from HDPE. Each one weights 2.8 grams. Output volumes this large have always required a great deal of attention be paid to quality assurance, increased efficiency and operability. In line with these principles and with the spirit of Industry 4.0, Netstal is teaming up with its system partner Intravis to demonstrate the integration of external peripheral data. In a continuous control loop, the machine control system receives up-to-date information on individual product characteristics from the Cap Watcher III visual inspection system. The information gained allows the injection molding machine to calibrate itself and continuously produce screw-cap closures while adhering to extremely strict tolerances.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left"><b>Reaction Process Machinery demonstrating technological leadership</b></p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Technologically speaking, KraussMaffei is a leader in Reaction Process Machinery. "By innovating process technology developments, our engineers continue to make applications more sophisticated. At the Competence Forum, we will be giving numerous live demonstrations to show why we hold this leading position, as well as providing a glimpse into the future," explains Nicolas Beyl, President of the Reaction Process Machinery segment of the KraussMaffei Group. Along these lines, the new iPul pultrusion system will be producing a glassfiber-reinforced hollow chamber profile in live operation. Thanks to the new injection box, the system enables production speeds that are up to twice as fast. Also making its debut at the Competence Forum is the new fully automated wet molding system. In comparison to manual solutions, this system makes it possible to cut cycle times in half and increase process security. Visitors to the TechCenter will get the chance to see a live demonstration of polyurethane-based sheet component manufacturing on the turnkey system. Another highlight is the production of foamed knee cushions from polyurethane using the new MK 10/15-UVP-2K+4 multi-color mixing head. This head lets you change colors between shots. The colors are neatly separated, which means the user can skip the changeover time in real-life production. Time-consuming production interruptions and rinsing procedures are eliminated.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Additional exhibits like the new electric I-panel mold carrier or the new optimized SCS mixing head for structural component spraying round out the extensive portfolio.</p>
<p class="zwischenheadline"><strong>Technological highlights from pipe and profile extrusion</strong></p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">KraussMaffei Berstorff is concentrating on intelligent solutions in fiber composite technology, as well as manufacturing pipes with engineering polymers. This allows visitors to witness a plastic pipe being wrapped on the TCP (Thermoplastic Composite Pipe) with fiberglass-reinforced UD tapes (on an identical polymer matrix) system in live operation. "By offering this pilot system, we hope to provide our customers with a long-term service that is the only one of its kind worldwide: manufacturing fiber-composite pipes according to custom application requirements for pre-classification," explains Matt Sieverding, President of Extrusion Technology for the KraussMaffei Group.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">The fiber-reinforced pipes are not subject to corrosion wear and are extremely suitable for high-pressure applications in the oil and gas industry in particular; depending on the model, they can also be designed for chemical and/or temperature-resistant applications.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">The newly developed KM-3L RKW 250 F³ multi-layer pipe head - integrated into a complete pipeline - offers a spectacular demonstration of the manufacturing process for three-layer pipes with a functional polyamide inner layer. These pipes are also suitable for applications in the oil and gas industry thanks to features such as impact strength and abrasion resistance.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">A profile coextrusion system is being used to manufacture polycarbonate light covers. This demonstration is a way for KraussMaffei Berstorff to prove its value as an expert partner that can provide economically attractive solutions for coextruded technical profiles which combine various<span style="text-decoration: line-through;"> </span>functional layers, such as transparent or non-transparent.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Additional machines from pipe, direct and sheet extrusion, machines from recycling technology as well as a service point round out the wide range of exhibits.</p>
<p class="zwischenheadline"><strong>Supporting program and evening event</strong></p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Over the course of two days, the company is both offering an in-depth look into the plant grounds and demonstrating its expertise as a system partner in the digital age. Alongside the live demonstrations, visitors will receive further technical details in the form of lecture series and talks given by presenters. Partner companies from the areas of research, material processing, mold technology and peripheral technology complete the full program agenda. At the evening event on June 6, customers, prospective customers and partners will close out the day by getting together and enjoying a relaxed atmosphere with their contact persons.</p>
<p class="zwischenheadline">You can find further information at:</p>
<p class="zwischenheadline"><a href="http://competenceforum.kraussmaffeigroup.com" target="_blank">http://competenceforum.kraussmaffeigroup.com</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.kraussmaffei.com/en/competence-forum.html" target="_blank">https://www.kraussmaffei.com</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.kraussmaffeiberstorff.com/en/competence-forum.html">https://www.kraussmaffeiberstorff.com</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.netstal.com/en/competence-forum.html" target="_blank">https://www.netstal.com</a></p>"
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<p>"Offering unparalleled productivity and maximum availability, KraussMaffei Berstorff twin-screw extruders have earned an excellent reputation in China," says Bengt Schmidt, Vice President at KraussMaffei Berstorff in the People’s Republic. "We are highly motivated to continue this promising success story and offer our customers a decisive performance increase in compounding with the new series."</p>
<h3 class="Lead">Substantial increase in performance and enhanced flexibility</h3>
<p>The development of the new ZE-CN twin-screw extruder generation is based on the know-how KraussMaffei Berstorff has gathered with several thousands of twin-screw extruders installed around the globe. As compared to the previous ZE Performance series, the ZE-CN features 15 percent higher output rates and up to 20 percent more flexibility in process applications, boosting the performance of Chinese customers to new heights. The state-of-the-art control software can be seamlessly integrated into the digital factory, ready for Industry 4.0 (Internet of Things). All components are produced either directly by KraussMaffei Berstorff or by renowned Chinese and international suppliers in compliance with KraussMaffei Berstorff's specifications.</p>
<p>The series is characterized a constant level of excellent product quality, easy operation and uncompromising reliability. Its high productivity makes it a safe investment with a short payback period. The new series is completely assembled at our Chinese site in Haiyan, which works also as service hub for our Chinese and Asian customers.</p>
<h3 class="Lead">One-stop solutions</h3>
<p>In addition to the new twin-screw extruder, KraussMaffei Berstorff offers compounding companies an extensive portfolio of technical and engineering services and consulting. KraussMaffei Berstorff is strongly committed to strengthening the competitiveness and performance of its customers in the compounding industry.</p>"
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<h3 class="zwischenheadline">Joint development of a "customized solution"</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">"Throughout a challenging development process that involved various tests and a wide range of providers, KraussMaffei Berstorff was, in the end, the provider that impressed us the most" says David Zovkic, Head of Production at Poloplast. In addition to outstanding project management and excellent expertise in processing technology, the pipe head concept meets our high standards for material composition and quality" explains Zovkic. Both the material composition and the layered structure of the PP-R pipes are innovations. As a result, the authorization requirements are appropriately stringent. "We are pleased to have been able to work with KraussMaffei Berstorff on this development project and to have laid the foundation for producing very high-quality plastic pipes for use in drinking water and air-conditioning systems," Zovkic concludes.</p>
<h3 class="zwischenheadline">One-of-a-kind spiral distributor concept for special requirements regarding material and layer thickness</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Even though KraussMaffei Berstorff boasts a great deal of expertise in multi-layer systems, the project developed for Poloplast is still new and unique. "We overhauled the spiral distributor system design in order to meet the requirements for the individual layers at their thickness," explains Andreas Kessler, General Sales Manager for KraussMaffei Berstorff at the Munich location. The extruder/pipe head combination has been designed to save a lot of space.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">The KME 45-30 B/R main extruder, which features the KM-5L RKW 94-250 pipe head for producing the PP-R intermediate layer, is closely surrounded by four coextruders from the same series, arranged in a half-circle, as well as the KME 20-25 B/R coextruder for applying strips. This set-up lets the machine operator control and monitor production from a central position. In addition, the pipe head features energy-efficient IPC (Internal Pipe Cooling), which ensures precise heat balance for thick-walled pipes.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">The standout property of PP-R pipes with fiberglass reinforcement lies in their low degrees of elongation and bending. This gives them a stiffness that is many times higher, which in turn provides quite a few advantages when laying pipe. The pipes are very frequently installed so that they are exposed under suspended ceilings – especially in public buildings.</p>
<h3 class="zwischenheadline">Renowned provider of innovative plastic pipes</h3>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">The Poloplast company represents innovative products in plastic piping, compounds and polymer engineering. In its 60-year company history, Poloplast has developed into one of the leading plastics specialists. Poloplast, a subsidiary of the Wietersdorfer Group, runs production at two locations, one in Ebenhofen (Bavaria) and one in Leonding (Upper Austria).</p>
<p class="Informationbildmaterial">Further information is available online at:<br /><a href="http://www.poloplast.com" target="_blank">www.poloplast.com</a><br /><a href="http://www.wietersdorfer.com" target="_blank">www.wietersdorfer.com</a></p>"
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<h3 class="Subline">Liquid Color Compounding Technology produced masterbatches with unique color precision</h3>
<p>The ZE 28 BluePower used in the NPE live demonstration with a length of 46 D is equipped with a liquid and solids metering system, so that color masterbatches can be produced of any type of starting material. Color masterbatches are usually based on mono-concentrates, which are produced on single-screw extruders in a separate process step, intermediately stored and then fed into the twin-screw extruder in a second step. With the liquid color compounding technology, the intermediate mono-concentrate production step is no longer required. The resulting color masterbatches stand out for unparalleled cost-effectiveness and unique color precision. As our twin-screw extruders are self-cleaning, changes from dark to bright colors can be made without any problems. KraussMaffei Berstorff offers customers adequate recipes stored in the proprietary Process Control ADVANCED system, which are automatically set for the complete line at the simple push of a button on the control panel. The compounding line exhibited at the fair is equipped with an Econ underwater pelletizer.</p>
<h3 class="Lead">ZE 28 BluePower laboratory extruder with wide range of process tasks</h3>
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  ["title"] => string(45) "Record result for KraussMaffei Group in 2017 "
  ["teaser"] => string(324) "– Strong growth continues: Revenue up 8 percent in 2017 to €1.37 billion 
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<p class="Lead"><strong>Record result for KraussMaffei in 2017 </strong></p>
<p class="Lead">In 2017, revenue for the KraussMaffei Group increased 8 percent to €1.37 billion. Growth in new orders, at 6 percent, was also solid. “We are very happy with our performance last year,” says Dr. Frank Stieler, CEO of the KraussMaffei Group.  “We succeeded in beating the record we achieved in 2016 for both revenue and new orders. Improved access to the Chinese market thanks to our owner ChemChina played an important part in this. Our products in the injection molding and reaction process technology segments in particular benefited greatly from growing Chinese demand. We intend to adapt our product series more to take account of regional requirements.”  </p>
<p class="Lead"><strong>Planned investment growth for 2018</strong></p>
<p class="Lead">The Group is expecting further growth in the coming years, driven mainly by global megatrends like digitalization and automation. In 2017, the Group benefited from demand for high-quality machines offering a high level of flexibility, networking and configuration.  To continue meeting this growing need for technical innovation and services in the future, the KraussMaffei Group intends to invest heavily in its machine fleet, IT infrastructure, and software during the current fiscal year. Capital investment of about €67 million is planned for 2018. This represents an increase of 81 percent compared to the previous year.</p>
<p class="Lead"><strong>Adapted strategy enables development of new digitalization-related business fields</strong></p>
<p class="Lead">In its 180<sup>th</sup> anniversary year, the KraussMaffei Group will define a new strategic focuswith its “Compass” project. “The basis will continue to be our position as a leader of technology,” says Stieler. “That will make it possible to develop new products and services for digital solutions and new business models in times of accelerated global technological change.”</p>
<p class="Lead">The planned stock market listing and the resulting increase in capital will help KraussMaffei implement this strategy in the medium term. The announced listing is currently subject to approval by various authorities and committees in China.</p>"
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– QuickSwitch technology for "smart factory" also in China "
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<p class="Lead">QuickSwitch technology for automatic in-line dimension changes, already successful for many years, is taking over the Chinese and Asian market.</p>
<p class="zwischenheadline"><strong>Partnership with Baosu for groundbreaking PVC-O pipe technology</strong></p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">After signing a cooperation agreement at the end of 2017, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Baosu Pipe Industry (Hebei province, China) are actively pushing the international sale of their PVC-O technology. "Baosu is a specialist in PVC pipe extrusion that has concentrated on the development of special stretching technology over the course of many years," says Andreas Kessler, General Sales Manager at the Munich location.  KraussMaffei Berstorff has maintained a strong, long-term customer relationship with Baosu since the eighties. Among other developments, it will contribute its twin-screw extruder for U-PVC production based on the latest technology to this cooperation as a core component.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">"In order to respond more quickly and with more precision to customer demands regarding process engineering and material composition, Baosu Pipe Industry is planning to install a system—equipped with our twin-screw extruder—that will be used for demonstration purposes," explains Kessler.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Compared to non-oriented PVC pipes, biaxially oriented pipes achieve nearly twice the impact resistance, higher internal pressure resistance and a weight reduction of up to 40 percent.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">They will predominantly be used for wastewater and drinking water supply. Here in particular, they exhibit an excellent combination of sustainability and outstanding technical properties. Transporting and laying these pipes is also easier.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">Baosu Pipe Industry will market the finished product under the brand name Taiji Blue pipe®.</p>
<p class="zwischenheadline">Further information is available online at</p>
<p class="zwischenheadline"><a href="http://www.pvc-opipes.com">www.pvc-opipes.com</a></p>
<p class="zwischenheadline"><a href="http://www.baosupipe.com">www.baosupipe.com</a></p>
<p class="zwischenheadline"><strong>QuickSwitch: High degree of automation and small batch sizes</strong></p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">There is an enormous amount of interest in digitalized solutions in the plastics processing industry in China, as well. Using QuickSwitch, the producer gets small order batches with short set-up times and minimal material waste.</p>
<p class="Flieundblock" align="left">KraussMaffei Berstorff shows Chinaplas attendees the advantages of this technology using a tapered piece, which illustrates the transition from the manufactured diameter into the new dimension (160 -250 mm). This is KraussMaffei Berstorff's answer to the trend in mass-produced products towards individualized, high-quality single-unit production. "Our system for fully automated dimension changes, tried and tested for years in day-to-day production, saves time and money and is a prime example of cost-effective production," says Bengt Schmidt, Vice President of Plastic Extrusion in China. In addition, it guarantees processors a high degree of flexibility and, as a result, maximum competitiveness. "Those who invest in QuickSwitch are investing in intelligent, efficient production and are well on their way to the 'smart factory' of tomorrow as a result," says Schmidt.</p>"
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17.10.2018
– New use-based business models for machines and software
– Experience APC Plus, DataXplorer and AnalytiX live at the Fakuma trade show
– New digital location for approximately 50 employees in Munich's Neuaubing district
17.10.2018
– The KraussMaffei Group expands its business model as well as digital services and products
– Orders and sales above previous year
– Number of employees and apprentices at record level
– Approval procedure for listing on Shanghai Stock Exchange close to completion
KraussMaffei Group with new strategy
01.10.2018
(Munich, October 1, 2018) GF Piping Systems, one of the leading providers of pipe systems worldwide, is expanding its production capacity in Asia and has entrusted KraussMaffei Berstorff with the task of delivering the appropriate equipment. At the Taman Perindustrian Air Hitam, Klang location (near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), two pipe extrusion systems were recently brought into operation.
Efficient pipe production: GF Piping Systems Malaysia invests in KraussMaffei Berstorff systems
21.08.2018
(Munich, August 21, 2018) Adopen Plastic and Industrial Construction Inc. Co., one of the leading profile manufacturers in Turkey (headquartered in Antalya) placed another large order for more than 16 profile extruders. The machines were delivered in various slots over the past months and will soon go into operation in Antalya.
Window profile production: Large order from Turkey
03.08.2018
(Munich/Linz, August 03, 2018) In cooperation with the Institute for Polymer Extrusion and Compounding at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz (IPEC), KraussMaffei Berstorff has carried out scientific tests on mixing systems in several simulation series. The company is now using the consistently positive results of the investigation to optimize its single-screw extruders in view of the changing market requirements, with the primary aim being to further improve final product quality.
Polymer extrusion: Further development of the mixing elements in cooperation with IPEC, Linz
21.06.2018
– Leading producer of special compounds made from alternative raw materials opts for KraussMaffei Berstorff extruder
– Specifically designed for standard applications
ZE Basic twin-screw extruder doubles biocompound production capacity at Tecnaro GmbH
18.06.2018
– Celebrating 180 years of innovative technology
– More than 1,800 visitors witnessed "Technology Pioneers – from Tradition to Innovation"
– 25 live demonstrations of Injection Molding Machinery, Reaction Process Machinery and Extrusion Technology
Pioneering spirit
06.06.2018
- KraussMaffei expands its classic portfolio to include digital services and product offerings
- To this end the company is establishing the new business unit Digital Service Solutions
- Nadine Despineux will be responsible for Digital Service Solutions from the 1st of July
KraussMaffei strengthens customer focus through digital solutions and services
06.06.2018
(Munich, June 6, 2018) Efficient and flexible production, central monitoring and data acquisition are some of the most important factors for processors if they want to keep their competitive edge, especially with regard to the demands of Industry 4.0. Therefore, at the Competence Forum, KraussMaffei Berstorff is presenting both a number of innovative system concepts and highlights such as the C6 system control or the QuickSwitch automation technology.
KraussMaffei Berstorff at the Competence Forum: Advancing automation and networked production
06.06.2018
– TCP pilot system (Thermoplastic Composite Pipes) demonstrates the wrapping process with fiber-reinforced UD tapes live
– An innovative pipe head concept produces a three-layer pipe based on engineering polymers as a functional inner layer
Groundbreaking technologies for high-performance pipes in the oil and gas industry
06.06.2018
– Live production of coextruded light bars made from polycarbonate
– Total system concept for coex sheets made from PVC
– Sustainable production using the EdelweissCompounding system
Cost-effective coextrusion technology for profile and sheeting and a sustainable recycling design
10.05.2018
(Munich, May 10, 2018) Pipeline Plastics, LLC of Westlake, Texas (United States) has placed orders with KraussMaffei Berstorff as part of a multi-facility expansion of its HDPE pipe business. The expansion will include the addition of 1000 mm pipe extrusion lines at Pipeline Plastics Levelland (Texas) and Belle Fourche (South Dakota) facilities.
Follow-up order: Pipeline Plastics invested in KraussMaffei Berstorff pipe extrusion lines
07.05.2018
– New online portal of the three brands KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal now activated
– Also available as an app for Android and iPhone
ahead – New digital customer magazine of the KraussMaffei Group
24.04.2018
– New ZE–CN twin-screw extruder for the Chinese compounding industry
– Unparalleled productivity and uncompromising flexibility
Chinaplas 2018: New ZE-CN twin-screw extruder for enhanced output rates and maximum product quality
17.04.2018
– As part of celebrating 180 years, the company is showcasing its trailblazing spirit—from its beginnings as a steam engine producer to its current reputation as a leading plastics machine builder in the digital age
– More than 25 live demonstrations and a wide range of machines will be used to show off the ingenuity behind the company's Injection Molding Machinery, Reaction Process Machinery and Extrusion Technology
– Services and digitalization are part of the new KraussMaffei strategy
Celebrating 180 years of innovative technology: The KraussMaffei Group invites you to the Competence Forum
29.03.2018
– Substantial increase in performance and higher flexibility
– One-stop solutions
Chinaplas 2018: KraussMaffei Berstorff launches new ZE-CN generation of twin-screw extruders for enhanced compounding performance
26.03.2018
Poloplast, a processor established in Europe, implements a special solution with help from KraussMaffei Berstorff
Customized special system for 5-layer PP-R pipe with fiberglass
22.03.2018
– Liquid Color Compounding Technology produced masterbatches with unique color precision
– ZE 28 BluePower laboratory extruder with wide range of process tasks
Live at the NPE 2018: Cost-effective color masterbatch production in a single cycle
20.03.2018
– Strong growth continues: Revenue up 8 percent in 2017 to €1.37 billion
– China as a driver of growth: Improved market access thanks to ChemChina creates solid growth
– Long-term focus on digitalization, automation, and regional markets
– Stock market listing in Shanghai: Approval process in progress in China
Record result for KraussMaffei Group in 2017
05.03.2018
– KraussMaffei Berstorff and Baosu Pipe Industry are cooperating in the field of extrusion on PVC-O pipes
– QuickSwitch technology for "smart factory" also in China
Chinaplas 2018: Premium quality and automation in pipe extrusion
 
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