Munich, Germany -- With annual turnover of around Euro 50 000 million ($70 700 million), the plastics processing industry is one of Germany's major economic segments. Munich-based KraussMaffei points out that, across this industry, energy can represent up to five percent of manufacturing costs, giving substantial savings potential.
This potential may come closer to reality following an agreement on boosting energy efficiency for plastics machinery, signed 15 Jan 2010, by KraussMaffei and the Mechanical Engineering faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE).
KraussMaffei claims to be the world's largest manufacturer of plastics processing machinery, making extruders, injection-moulding machinery and polyurethane/reaction processing machinery for the international plastics industry.
The strategic partner from UDE is the department of Engineering and Plastics Machinery, chaired by Prof Dr-Ing Johannes Wortberg.
A specific area of cooperation will be developing and optimising alternative drive technologies for plastics processing machinery. The remit for this project includes energy consumption, energy recovery, precision and efficiency, noted KraussMaffei.
KraussMaffei itself will be mainly concerned with developing and optimising components, especially the practical implementation and the application-related process engineering. UDE will contribute its scientific and research expertise.
The agreement brings UDE into KraussMaffei's PRIMUS Network for Innovation, which already includes the Technical Universities of Dresden and Chemnitz. UDE will be responsible for the focus area "Energy efficiency".
PIC: l-r Dean Prof Dr-Ing Dieter Schrammaund; Prof Dr-Ing Johannes Wortberg (both UDE);Dr Karlheinz Bourdon and Dipl.-Ing. Georg Holzinger (both KraussMaffei)