EPF Plastic is the Italian distributor and service partner of Shibaura Machine, already Toshiba Machine, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial technology, and specifically plastic injection molding machines.

The Japanese giant was established in 1938 as Shibaura Machine Tool Company and, in 1961, the company name was changed to Toshiba Machine Company. The name Toshiba is the result of the combination of TOkyo Denky and SHIBAura Seisaku-sho, founded respectively in 1875 and 1890. On 1st April 2020, Toshiba Machine returns to its origins by changing its name back to Shibaura Machine and continuing its tradition of historic Japanese production inspired by Technology, Innovation and Quality.

EPF became an official partner of Toshiba Machine in 2013 and it has since been offering a wide range of sales and post-sales services for the Italian market. Equipped with a dedicated branch office located just south of Milan that includes a management office, warehouse, showroom and technology centre, the EPF Plastic division was established to manage these operations.

The advantages:



SHIBAURA and EPF have decided to approach the European market exclusively with full-electric machines. This decision stems from a careful analysis of the international market, which shows that, in recent years, the purchase of these products has significantly increased in countries such as Japan (by 80%) and the USA (by 50%).

With the EC-SXIII series, Shibaura presents the sixth generation of full-electric injection moulding machines, available from 50 to 2,500 tons: a mature product characterized by over twenty years of know-how and experience, which guarantees high productivity and absolute precision. Adaptability is one of the core strengths of Shibaura moulding machines, they are ideal for multiple applications in sectors such as automotive, medical, electrical, electronic, packaging and technical.

The emerging needs of Industry 4.0 and IoT do not catch Shibaura solutions unprepared: moulding machines can be connected to data collection systems and interfaced with MES systems, communicate with other machines through OPC-UA protocol and, more generally, implement the latest Euromap interfaces.

In terms of sustainability and energy saving, the Japanese manufacturer was able to effectively develop a machine with kW/kg consumption values that fully comply with industry standards. This result was achieved because the ‘heart’ of the machine is made up of drives, electric motors and controllers. These were developed ad hoc for the moulding sector and built entirely by Shibaura, and, in addition, they stand out globally for efficiency, performance and reliability.

These are just some of the outstanding features and performances that Shibaura machines can guarantee:

  • Fast and simultaneous axis movements increase the productivity;
  • The effective geometry of the toggle closure ensures uniform distribution of the closing force and reduces deformation and stress on the moulds;
  • Using linear guides for all movements reduce the friction and the energy consumption;
  • Polymer plastification is managed with closed-loop process adjustments, which allows the use of regranulated scraps or recycled materials.

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