Kent-based trade moulder, Trimfix, has recently commissioned and installed a new injection moulding machine for repeatability and reliability when producing demanding technical parts.
The company, which moulds a range of glass-filled engineering plastics parts for demanding and aggressive exterior environments in the transport and automotive sector, as well as products for marine, construction and chemical engineering environments, purchased the Wittmann Battenfeld HM B6-P 90/350H injection moulding machine to simplify and improve its production processes.
“Everything I do in relation to shop floor production is about making production easier – continuous improvement if you like,” commented Trimfix’s Technical Director, Garry Vickers.
“Approximately 50 percent of our output here I would term industrial. That is to say the products have functional, but little aesthetic importance. The other 50 percent are moulded to an extremely high aesthetic standard and therefore need full inspection and quality assurance treatment from our team here. The repeatability and reliability of the Battenfeld technology gives us a great help.”
Daniel Williams, Wittmann Battenfeld UK Area Sales Manager, explained that the Battenfeld HM 90/350H provides equipped with ServoPower drive technology ensures energy consumption and noise level are at a minimum and the B6-P control system is key to guaranteeing the necessary repeatability and reliability that Trimfix demands for its technical parts.
“The B6-P control system has a very user friendly designed layout, with all of the necessary information available on the specific shortcut screens and very easy to understand for new users to pick up,” said Williams. “In addition, access to all of the machine documentation is available at the touch of a button, including full spare parts listings, hydraulic and electrical drawings.”
Trimfix currently has export sales totaling some 45 percent of total turnover, spread primarily through USA and other parts of Europe.. Overmoulding skills are a large part of the expertise offered at the company, including plastics on rubber, with a key current job involving the overmoulding of a polysulphone circular surround onto a titantium coated mesh. The resulting high-value filter product is for export use in chemical separation process.
“The B6-P control system shows us world-class repeatability and reliability in action. The build of our new machine also gives us energy efficiency, reduced noise and quality production,” said Vickers.