An old injection machine does not have to belong to scrap metal. On the contrary, with a smart renovation (retrofit), you can significantly extend the life of the machine and teach it new skills that will enable the production of higher quality parts, the connection of new technologies, and the acceleration of production cycles.
The present time is not easy. Inflation drives up prices and investing in new equipment can seem uncertain with the risk of a drop in demand or a long return on investment. At the same time, few people realize that it is not necessary to write off a high-quality old machine. KraussMaffei injection molding machines are based on the precise design of their machines and offer the option of retrofitting old injection molding machines in the long term. It now comes with the Smart Upgrade MC4 : MC6 program for injection molding machines with a clamping force of 800 to 5400 tons and an MC4 control system.
The advantage of this upgrade is a reduced installation time of 4 weeks and a 60% cost reduction compared to a full retrofit. Thanks to the design of these machines, it is possible to replace only 4 main components – the closing control box, the heating box, the MC6 control system, and the MC6 touch control panel – and the user gets a full-fledged version of the new control system, which significantly expands the capabilities of the machine.
Upgrade of 4 core components using existing hardware: 1 – MC6 control 21.5ʺ glass touch panel; 2 – Control box for clamping; 3 – Heating cabinet; 4 – MC6 control
Retrofit of injection molding machines focused on user value
Moving to the MC6 control system isn’t just about a better dashboard. The biggest advantages relate to the functionalities that the upgrade offers the user:
- expansion of hot inlet zones up to 200
- independent kernel extractor programming
- expansion of cascade control up to 72 cascades and other options in the settings
An old machine with a new control can therefore be used for more production applications. But that’s not all. Thanks to the new control, it is possible to expand the injection molding machine with modern digital applications such as smartCube or dataExplorer.
With the new control, the user gets more connectivity options for peripheral devices and the possibility to integrate robots, which is often the reason for the restoration of machinery.
Finally, it is important to mention that there is a shortage of spare parts for the old control systems, the production of which is still limited, as well as training opportunities for these systems. With the transition to a new system, the user thus avoids longer and more frequent downtimes in production.
Advantages of retrofitting injection machines with the Smart Upgrade MC4 : MC6 program
- You will expand the functionalities
- You will increase productivity
- You will enable retrofitting with new peripherals
- Enable the installation of digital applications (smartCube, dataExplorer…)
- You will reduce downtime
- You avoid a limited number of spare parts
- You will increase the range of hot water settings up to 200 zones
- You will switch to current security standards
Are you still hesitating whether the Smart Upgrade MC4 : MC6 injection molding machine retrofit is suitable for your needs?
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