Essentra Components has embarked on a multi-million pound, long-term investment programme to upgrade its hydraulic injection moulding machine portfolio to become electric by the end of 2031
The company says it is working with a number of key equipment suppliers to replace around 180 machines that have been operating for 15-years or more, and which are currently heading towards the end of their working lives. The replacement machines will be both all-electric and hybrid electric, the latter using Vireo servo drive technologies. Essentra states that the transition will result in an estimated 33% reduction in energy consumed, cycle to cycle, and a 25% improvement in cycle times too.
The predicted process and productivity improvements will effectively enable three electric machines to do the work of four hydraulic models, thus reducing the overall footprint says Essentra, and the increased capacity is complemented by the guaranteed repeatability that electric machines can deliver, ensuring even greater product quality.
Some 32 machines have been identified for immediate replacement in the next 12 months across various sites including the UK. Full training packages for Essentra teams and 24/7 support for all the new machines (including remote diagnostics) is also being provided.