Wittmann Battenfeld hails its Airmould technology as sustainable and resource saving
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Wittmann Battenfeld hails its Airmould technology as sustainable and resource saving

Dec 02, 2023

With the further development of this technology – the company has brought the technology to the market as Airmould 4.0 – The company claims that the system has been created to meet the industry’s demand for easy operation and compactness. Airmould 4.0 is an internal gas pressure system which no longer requires a large control cabinet, thus saving customers valuable space on the production floor. The necessary pressure control modules have also been further downsized and thus become very compact. As a result, this means that according to the company they can now be mounted and used flexibly on any injection moulding machine. For easier operation. The company also claims that the Airmould 4.0 can be fully integrated in the Unilog B8 or B8X control system of Wittmann Battenfeld machines. Use on machines from other brands, is also ensured via the WITTMANN Group’s standardized manual control terminal.

The company says that this use of this technology saves plastic material. This means that these material savings lead to a reduction in part weight, which is of great benefit especially for the automotive and mobility sectors by reducing, in turn, the required energy input. In addition, the company says that since nitrogen gas is injected exclusively into the interior of the cavity in internal gas pressure injection moulding, there are no limitations whatsoever to the quality of the parts’ surface finish compared to compact injection moulding. On the contrary: with Airmould, the gas assumes the function of the holding pressure and counteracts component shrinkage from the inside. As a result, the company claims that it reduces the formation of sink marks and warpage. This aspect is of major significance primarily for thick-walled parts.

Typical applications for Airmould technology are bar-shaped parts. These include all kinds of handles, levers, brackets and hangers for weight reduction, such as door handles for the automotive sector. Additional examples are components for white goods or home and garden tools, where material savings have a substantial effect on costs. Some further common applications are media lines and tubes for the automotive sector and parts for the furniture industry, such as components for tables and chairs.

Apart from bar-shaped geometries, Airmould can also be used for flat parts with ribs, such as panels and covers, or beverage crates and tabletops. Here, the nitrogen is injected precisely into the rib structures, in order to prevent sink marks on the surface of the opposite side. Moreover, the company believes this process is also suitable for flat parts with local bulges. Typical examples here are car outside mirrors, housings or reusable boxes.

Wittman Battenfeld’s Airmould process sees nitrogen injected into a mould cavity partly or completely filled with melt to form an internal cavity structure. The company claims that this way, light-weight components can be produced within a short cycle time and simultaneously with high-quality surfaces, while saving resources. All components required for this process have been developed and are produced in-house by Wittmann Battenfeld.