In other news, Polymore, KraussMaffei's online business-to-business marketplace for compounds, masterbatches, and recycled and post-industrial materials, officially went live Oct. 16.
Trading on the platform started Oct. 17 and is open to customers in Italy and German-speaking countries, though the company said it plans to expand that reach later on.
"Polymore is a platform in which demand and supply meet," Nadine Despineux, KraussMaffei's president of digital & service solutions, told journalists.
In injection moulding, KraussMaffei has extended the clamping for range of its GX series. The presses are now available in 400-1,100 tonnes.
On display at K, the newest press size were also its largest: the 1,100 tonne. At the KraussMaffei booth, the machine moulded polypropylene buckets with a capacity of 20 litres each in a two-cavity mould. The buckets were decorated by in-mould labelling. The cycle time is 14 seconds.
The company said the GX 1100 is the first machine from KraussMaffei equipped with the Smart Operation control option from its Netstal product brand. The function allows for a separation between the application development and machine operation during production, which it said leads to a more efficient production system.
KraussMaffei's extrusion business, it launched four large-size models in the ZE BluePower series of twin-screw extruders. The four large extruder variants — 98, 122, 142 and 166 millimeters in diameter — offer the same screw and barrel modularity as the smaller sister models, with slight modifications to the overall machine design. The new sizes are geared toward large compounding companies with high production capacities.
Nicolas Beyl, president of the group's reaction process machinery segment, said it is a machine concept "fit for the future."
And for smarter equipment and more transparency along the value chain, KraussMaffei presented its EasyTrace solution. The modular system collects all relevant production data in plastics processing — regardless of machine age, type or brand, the company said — and transfers the data to specific customer systems, such as manufacturing execution systems, for evaluating.
At K, KraussMaffei demonstrated this by creating custom reports for fabricating connectors with metal inserts that are overmoulded on a CX 80 press. The reports are based on data collected from EasyTrace.
Also new to K, the company said for the first time it demonstrated the fully automatic deflashing of semirigid polyurethane foam components with a robot-controlled deflashing head developed in-house. The newly developed technology can increase efficiency while maintaining consistent and high-quality post-mould processing.
"Deflashing, in particular, is a highly interesting process," Beyl said.
KraussMaffei said the technology can also be used in other types of plastics processing including injection moulding and certain composite applications.