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Cost reduction for plastics packaging a four-part process, says Netstal.

State-of-the-art drive technology, supreme reliability and maximum availability and performance can sustainably reduce unit costs in the production of plastics packaging, according to Netstal.

Exhibiting with a range of injection moulding machinery at Interpack 2014 in Dusseldorf, Netstal said it aimed to present the "four core elements required to successfully reduce unit costs in the packaging sector."

"A sound machine design developed for continuous high performance and exceptional injection performance coupled with a high-precision controller and energy-efficient drive concept form the basis for positively influencing unit costs," explained Markus Dal Pian, Vice President Sales at Netstal.

In addition to a state-of-the-art injection moulding machine and high-quality, multi-cavity mould, Netstal says a typical packaging system using IML also requires complex automation with integrated parts, quality control and product stacking.

"Only perfect interaction between all the individual system components can guarantee a high OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) index," said Patrick Scharpf, Area Sales Manager for the PAC business unit at Netstal.

The OEE index is defined by availability, output and quality rate to describe the overall efficiency of a system. Netstal says the typical availability of its injection moulding machines is around 98 percent, with functional interaction with system components such as moulds and IML handling systems meaning Netstal IML systems achieve an OEE factor of around 94 percent.

The packaging team at Netstal says in order to get a clear picture of availability, output and quality rate, it is essential that all information on rejects, downtimes, etc., is precisely recorded and documented in detail. "Ultimately only a sound factual basis will enable the derivation of the relevant measures and system requirements needed to maximise optimisation of the OEE index as a key success factor," says the company.


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Date:May 1, 2014
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