Well known plastics machinery manufacturer Keifel have taken the bold step of partnering up with start-up company Watttron, with the company being utilised on the research and development of the industrial molding of plastics sector.
Watttron were created at the Institute of Natural Materials Technology of the Technical University of Dresden and the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering, while Packaging Dresden was created in 2016.
The company’s heating technology is advanced to the point that it can individually target square heating pixels in order to define the behaviour and shape of film packaging, and this is set to be the basis point of the research and development project.
Speaking about the partnership, Thomas Halletz – the MD of Keifel – said that the partnership will allow for ‘a currently unmatched level of quality and efficiency’ in relation to packaging production, on the basis that the technology ensures uniform wall thickness of moldings.
“As a result, the processor can use a much thinner plastic film, significantly reducing energy consumption,” he said. “We are excited about our partner’s technology and look forward to contributing our industry experience to develop marketable products for key industries of packaging.”