By Bill Bregar, Plastics News
Munich, Germany -- KraussMaffei AG is investing about Euro 4 million ($6 million) to build a new surface treatment centre, replacing a paint shop for its main injection moulding press assembly plant, at KM's headquarters in Munich.
Once the centre begins operating by the end of this year, KraussMaffei will be able to synchronise painting of machine parts and subassemblies, so the components are returned to the assembly line as needed
KraussMaffei will install an overhead conveyor that can move parts as heavy as 35 tonnes through an indexing surface treatment centre. Another area, called the combined unit, will paint parts that are too big for the indexing system.
The modern paint facility will help KraussMaffei cut throughput times, while delivering injection presses with higher surface quality.
"KraussMaffei is demonstrating its confidence by investing massively in the future of our main plant in Munich," said ceo Dietmar Straub.
KraussMaffei is working with the plant engineering firm Rippert Anlagentechnik GmbH & Co. KG of Herzebrock-Clarholz, Germany. Rippert specialises in surface technology, including painting systems that include pretreatment, powder coating and drying.
Both operations are designed to reduce emissions and water consumption.