Ipex Machinery (Ipex), the South African representative of Wittmann Battenfeld hosted an open house from 21 to 23 August. This was to mark the official opening of its new Technology Centre at its Johannesburg premises.
‘The reason for opening the centre was twofold. It allows customers the opportunity to see their moulds running on the most technically advanced IM machine in SA and serves as a training facility,’ says Sean Kleingeld, Wittmann Battenfeld product manager at Ipex. Among the presentations at the open house was a demonstration on robotics and automation, more specifically, an IMM (110 ton) with an integrated robot, loading and dosing equipment with the full integration of all the auxiliaries into the HMI of the machine, using Wittman 4.0 software.
Kleingeld says settings to the components making up the complete work cell can be implemented from the HMI, which is the IMM control panel.
‘These are technologies that communicate with each other. All its devices are integrated with a full overview of the complete working cell provided to the operator. Since all parts are easily changed, the system makes life easier,’ explains Siegfried Köhler, sales director at Wittmann Battenfeld.
In celebration of the sale of Ipex’s new machinery, it hosted acocktail and dinner event at the Gold Reef City Theme Park hotel on 22 August. The event honoured six customers who invested in its new machinery.
Bruce Allen, MD at Ipex says the dinner is anticipated to become an industry event, which allows customers and potential customers alike to network in a relaxed environment.
‘With a turnout of 60 people, from all over South Africa, we welcomed our first members into the exclusive Wittmann Battenfeld owners club and look forward to seeing this number grow at future events,’ he concludes.