Austria-based injection moulding machine manufacturer and automation expert Engel has delivered two new machines to PlastIQ, an institute providing training and education in polymer processing technology in Belgium. One, an Engel victory 330/80 tie-bar-less injection moulding machine, went to PlastIQ’s Circular Material Center in Kortrijk; the other, an e-victory 310/80 tie-bar-less machine, was delivered to the T2 Master Campus in Genk. Both are fully equipped with an Engel viper linear robot comprehensive inject 4.0 packages.
This will enable all course participants to become familiar with the ongoing process of digitalisation and learn to work with the increasingly sophisticated technologies currently being used in injection moulding.
The intelligent modules on the machines enable, for example, fluctuations in the process parameters, such as those that can result from a change in the material batch or changes in the machine environment, to be simulated, giving the students an idea of the potential of smart assistance systems.
Both PlastIQ and ENGEL Benelux offer training courses at the two locations. While the PlastIQ courses primarily focus on the injection moulding process, the courses organised by ENGEL deal with the CC300 machine control unit, automating injection moulding processes and maintaining ENGEL injection moulding machines and robots.
However, the two new machines will be used for more than just training purposes. They will also be deployed for research and development projects with partner companies and other institutes.
PlastIQ and ENGEL Benelux have created new training capacities at the Kortrijk and Genk sites. The two new machines are each equipped with an ENGEL viper linear robot and intelligent assistance systems from ENGEL's inject 4.0 programme.