Wittmann Battenfeld celebrated its tenth anniversary with an event at its Kottingbrunn facility, Austria, from June 13-14 2018, that was attended by more than 1,400 guests. Ten years ago, Battenfeld Kunststofftechnik GmbH was integrated into the Wittmann Group and, over the course of the last ten years, the company’s entire product portfolio has been renewed and the capacity at the Kottingbrunn facility substantially expanded over several construction phases.
Novel applications and the latest process technologies were demonstrated on fourteen machines from the company’s PowerSeries, among them the new vertical VPower, which was shown for the first time. The presentation of Wittmann 4.0, the company’s answer to Industry 4.0, was also highlighted. In addition to the integration of robots and peripherals on a large number of machines, the entire range of connected appliances was presented in a separate Wittmann 4.0 cell.
The event opened with presentations on the company’s history, with a focus on the last ten years. In a keynote speech, Prof Dr Johannes Schilp from Augsburg University then spoke about cyber-physical production systems and explained how they could be implemented in practice.
During guided company tours in the afternoon, visitors were able to view both the exhibits and the production facilities in Kottingbrunn, which have been extended by 2,200 m², including a new processing line for larger machines in the SmartPower and EcoPower series. Several ‘expert corners’ dealt with topics such as process technology, integration and plasticising systems, where short presentations were offered to enable guests to gain insights into the latest technologies and processes from Wittmann Battenfeld.
Georg Tinschert, Managing Director of Wittmann Battenfeld, stated, “These last ten years were successful years for our company. We are glad that so many of our customers and partners were here to celebrate with us.”