Engel supplies new automated machines to BMW Leipzig

Austrian machinery group Engel is supplying injection moulding machines to BMW’s Leipzig factory in Germany to make lightweight components for car body shells.

Engel’s latest delivery to BMW Leipzig consists of two Duo injection moulding machines with clamping forces of 4,000 and 2,700 tonnes. These systems are also equipped with Engel’s energy-saving system, ecodrive, because sustainability is another main aspect of this project.

The machine processing cells are each made up of two machines installed back-to-back to create double systems. In master/slave mode, both machines can be controlled together so that two components are injection-moulded and completed simultaneously. The bodywork components will, however, only comply with the high quality requirements if they both undergo exactly the same aging process after the moulding stage.

Machines, which have been linked together, can also be separated from each other and fitted with different moulds. This increases the availability of the systems and enables them to guarantee a high degree of production flexibility.

The systems supplied to BMW are automated and include a menu-driven mould changing feature, a system display screen, and data tracing. The huge range of parts,which the manufacturing cells will be making in the future was taken into consideration from the very beginning.

(IMA)

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