Plastic Injection Moulding Machines in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry is set to be the largest industry for injection moulding machine market between 2016 and 2021. By 2020, the use of plastics in automotive will increase by 75%.

Therefore, properties such as low energy consumption, low maintenance cost, short production cycle time and high accuracy of all injection moulding machines contribute to the growth of the injection moulding machine market.

Corporate social responsibility programmes means that suppliers of moulded plastics have had to respond in equal measure with the overall result of reducing the environmental impacts of the product.

The sustainability story has gripped major users, as expressed in their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes. Suppliers of moulded parts have had to respond in equal measure with the overall result of reducing the environmental impacts of the product. Energy efficiency has been a fundamental focus as energy taxes, such as the UK’s Climate Change Levy, have bitten deep across Europe.

Philip Law
Director General of the British Plastics Federation

Challenges and Solutions

MICA® (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture) is a tiny rugged industrial computer for use in production environments. It uses open software architecture (LINUX) so it can be easily customised depending on the application. In addition, it enables you to save, process and evaluate production data.

MICA® is key to overcome the challenges users of Plastic Injection Moulding Machines (PIMM) in the automotive industry are faced with, here's how:

  • Old injection moulding machines require manual assistance
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Efficient Machine Maintenance

HARTING’s MICA® (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture) range of rugged, compact edge computing device variants are ideal for applying cost-effective Digital Retrofit Industry 4.0 productivity improvements into existing plastics injection moulding production facilities.

MICA® provides a platform to enable the best business decisions to be taken to optimise return on investment on plastics injection moulding line capital projects.

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Gavin Stoppel
Product Manager