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SKZ retires injection molding machine after 21 years

An era has come to an end at the SKZ Plastics Center: At the beginning of the year, the last molded parts fell onto the conveyor belt of the Wittmann Battenfeld HM800 injection molding machine.

January 22, 2024
Abschied HM800

Saying goodbye to their Wittmann HM800 injection molding machine: Bernhard Hennrich, Group Head of Injection Molding Research (left), and CEO Prof. Martin Bastian. (Photo: Luca Hoffmannbeck, SKZ)

Würzburg institute receives new machine in exchange

Workhorse, all-rounder, or reliable, loyal soul - this is how SKZ employees like to describe the fully hydraulic HM800 injection molding machine built by Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH in 2002. Because: In its 21 years of service at SKZ, the machine has been used for countless research projects, customer orders and training courses. In addition to the high-temperature cylinder set, the SKZ employees also had various special screws for coloring plastics and a PVC unit at their disposal. Now it is time to say goodbye to the machine.

SKZ takes delivery of all-electric EcoPower 110 from Wittmann
"After such a long time, there is naturally a certain amount of melancholy," says Bernhard Hennrich, Group Manager Injection Molding Research. "I and some of my colleagues learned injection molding on the HM800 as interns or graduate students. Standing at the HM800 is like tying shoes blindfolded: Every grip is right." But to everyone's delight, there will be no hole at this point, says Hennrich. In exchange, SKZ will receive an all-electric EcoPower 110 from Wittmann.

"State of the art technology"
"As a trained toolmaker, I know only too well how important reliable machines are in the daily working environment. As a scientist, I am happy for my colleagues that with the new EcoPower 110 they will be able to use state-of-the-art technology in terms of efficiency, precision and sustainability. Our sincere thanks go to Wittmann," says CEO Prof. Martin Bastian.

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Bernhard Hennrich
Group Manager | Research Injection Moulding

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