By Karen Hanna
The injection molding machine hailed from a different era — the Eisenhower administration. But, through generations and presidencies, new products and new employees, it still worked, a testament to the diligence and love of its owners.
Now, it’s part of Wittmann Battenfeld lore.
Maintenance can mean the difference between an injection molding machine that dies prematurely, and one that cranks out parts over decades. For its next issue, Plastics Machinery Magazine is gathering tips and tricks for keeping machines running.
Sharp said he has seen the gamut — from machines forced into early death to others that have been babied for years. “The realm of machine owners is similar in nature to that of automobile owners. Some owners are very good at keeping up to date on the maintenance while others are terrible at it,” he said.
To keep machines running, Sharp offered some advice: Follow the maintenance schedule prescribed by the manual, heed machine notifications, keep components clean, address leaks immediately. The company also provides its Condition Monitoring System, which is similar to the maintenance alerts programmed into a car.
Watch for comprehensive stories on making your machinery last in the November issue and on www.plasticsmachinerymagazine.com.
Wittmann Battenfeld Inc., Torrington, Conn., 860-496-9603, www.wittmann-group.com
Karen Hanna, copy editor