PLAST 2018: EPF and TOSHIBA MACHINE, a successful partnership

PLAST 2018: EPF and TOSHIBA MACHINE, a successful partnership

From 29 May to 1 June, EPF and Toshiba Machine, a world leader in the production of industrial technological solutions, participated in PLAST, one of the most important fairs in the world for the plastics and rubber industry held in Milan.

The goal of EPF Automation and Toshiba Machine was to exhibit the latest evolution of plastic injection moulding machines: we presented three moulding stations interconnected with each other by an intelligent automation system and a transport system equipped with transport pods on monorail that guarantees excellent levels of flexibility, reliability and efficiency.

In 2010, Toshiba Machine revolutionized the full electric molding sector with the ECSX series, whose distinctive feature is not only to have shorter dry cycle times, but also to increase the life of the molds and improve the uniformity of the distribution of the closing force. The EC-SXII series presented at the fair in Milan represents a further improvement: these versatile full electric machines are high-performing, have a streamlined frame design, significantly increased injection speed and new features that make investing in this type of plant even more productive. Extremely flexible and versatile, the new ECSXII series is ideal for all moulding applications, from the automotive sector to aerospace, medical, packaging, food and more. In addition, on this occasion the 2500-ton EC2500SXIII press was presented for the first time on the European market: this is Toshiba’s latest ambitious project and makes the company’s range of products even wider. The new V70 controller (evolution of the V50) has aroused great interest in the stand: simple and intuitive for customers to use, it is also equipped with new features such as the management of peripherals interconnected with the mould, the continuous monitoring made possible by iPaqet and the constant verification of production data. This integration is of great support for companies working in the Industry 4.0 context, because it allows for preventive maintenance, increasing the optimization of production processes and avoiding machine downtime.

Since the establishment of the partnership in 2013, EPF has consolidated its collaboration with Toshiba Machine, an established world leader in the production of plastic injection molding machines. In the partnership with the Japanese company, EPF assumes the role of system integrator: we combine mechanics and electronics with an extensive knowledge in the field of robotics applications, therefore guaranteeing an integrated management of the entire process.