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K 2016

The World's No. 1 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber

19. - 26. Oktober 2016

Fairground Düsseldorf

Hall 14 Booth 14 / A41

WICKERT with Industry 4.0 at the K

Press technology of tomorrow is a reality today

At the K 2016 the Landau press specialist is introducing a large-format type WKP 1600 S press. What is special about it? Animation is used to integrate this press into a group of five presses. Since based on its size alone presenting the complete system would be too big for the exhibition, WICKERT uses a combination of animation and real presses to show this system in comprehensive detail to visitors to the stand.
Shown alongside this is how the physical and virtual aspects of the systems are amalgamated in the context of “Industry 4.0”.

With the WKP 5000 S WICKERT is presenting a new generation of systems operation and systems networking. Intelligent solutions in the sectors of machines and IT will be introduced. In this way (authorized) external access to the systems in real-time can be experienced and similarly real-time tracking of operator actions and process data in the context of a new control concept. In the context of the Smart Factory concept, the integration goes so far that by using the WICKERT link the whole plant is available to all system users by way of a central access station. Proactive actions by the presses for essential maintenance, accident prevention measures or repair procedures complete the networked plant of these modern WICKERT systems.

13,500 kN Composite press went through the roof

A composite press with press plates measuring more than 3,500 x 3,500 mm doesn’t just require special efforts in development and production. It also requires logistic creativity. To provide the necessary accuracy for the system and its associated options, the frame press needed a solid 1-piece welded construction. However, what constitutes an advantage for production accuracy was a disadvantage for assembly in the WICKERT production halls. The frame could no longer fit through the normal assembly hall doors. The route to assembly had to be through a roof hatch in the hall. This large press should make new composite processing steps possible. Securing the individual process parameters before delivery to customers is the number one priority. Therefore the Pfalz-based press specialist decided to carry out full commissioning at the Landau plant before delivery. After extensive tests for function and precision, which were successful at the first attempt, the press was once again taken out by the route over the roof. Afterwards a total of seven heavy goods transporters took it overnight to the harbor.

The crane drivers provided more than just a precision service for installing the frame and loading the prepared presses. In the context of assembling the 13,500 kN presses, structural components with individual weights of more than 50 tons had to be installed with absolute precision.

Frame of the 13500 kN composite press which “comes up through the hall ceiling”

The route to the future assembly site is through the roof of one of the WICKERT assembly halls

Development press for lightweight technology

WICKERT Maschinenbau GmbH in Landau/Pfalz has delivered a WKP 4700 S Composite press to Japan. It will be used by the end customer to develop new materials and innovative processes involving lightweight technology in the automobile sector. The WKP 4700 S is well-equipped for this task: using this press, extremely precise compression moulding processes and high-pressure RTM processes can be realised. To be able to perform tests during LFTD processes under vacuum, the system is equipped with a vacuum chamber fitted with a 700 mm total stroke. The composite test centre was officially opened in the presence of the WICKERT assembly team.