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VW cuts cycle time with IntElect machine


Volkswagen has installed the first fully electric IntElect 220-1100 injection moulding machine from Sumitomo (SHI) Demag at its Braunschweig plant in Germany. The machine produces lighting dial trims for the Golf VII.
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag said in a news release: “With its low energy requirement, the new machine magnificently matches the "Think Blue. Factory." concept with which Volkswagen AG is continuously increasing the sustainability of all production facilities. Furthermore, the IntElect machine offers shorter cycle times and a minimum scrap quota in manufacturing the precision components.”
IntElect machines can save up to 85% of the energy used in hydraulic machines, according to the company. It achieves this by using direct drives in the plasticisation and injection procedure, as well as when opening and closing the mould. Also, the braking energy from each main axis is temporarily stored in order to provide energy for the other axes.
In the release, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag said the Braunschweig facility is one of the most important system suppliers for the vehicles of the Volkswagen Group. The facility consumes 60 tonnes of polymer granulate in its moulding of 500 different products. It has 132 injection moulding machines using 447 moulds and also has two painting systems.

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