05 December 2017
05 December 2017
Plastics converters using the IRONJAW system, which boosts the clamping force of an injection moulding machine, save an average of €10,000 per month and per injection machine, its developer claims.
“We were able to quantify this average gain based on the results of the first converters to use our technology," explains Ruben Costa, Ironjaw Industrial Manager. "With a return on investment in less than six months, an average gain of €10,000 per month and per injection machine gives our customers a real competitive edge!”
The company says Ironjaw is the first system to boost the clamping force of plastic injection machines. By boosting the clamping force of the machine, a smaller injection moulding machine can be used to inject the same part.
“For example, if a converter uses a 160-ton injection machine instead of a 320-ton machine to produce the same part with the same mould, the hourly rate is considerably reduced,” says Rui Miranda, Business Development Manager at Ironjaw.
The savings achieved can vary according to the injection machine equipment, its energy cost, its level of automation, the number of hours the machine is used, etc. For example, if a converter saves €25/hour thanks to Ironjaw and uses the machine for 400 hours per month, a saving of €10,000 per month and per machine can be achieved. If the machine is used for 600 hours a month, the saving is €15,000 per month.
Ironjaw technology is reported to boost clamp tonnage by up to +60% depending on the configuration, thus achieving an average saving of €10,000 per injection moulding machine and per month. It is compatible with all brands and types of plastic injection machine and with all plastics, including recycled materials.
“Our customers often come to us looking for an alternative to buying a bigger plastic injection machine after gaining a new contract," notes Bruno Machet, Founder & CEO of Ironjaw. "They quickly realise that Ironjaw technology enables them to reduce production costs for all parts and all machines. When used on all of their machines, it has a significant impact on investments and operating costs.”
Photo provided by Ironjaw
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