New demands are always being made on components and production processes to satisfy the legal standards and work in a manner that conserves resources in many areas, such as the automotive, electronics and packaging industries. In response to this trend, we have developed a cross-technology list of actions with the "BluePower" initiative. In recent years we have intensively developed our machines further, so that they meet current material requirements while also always producing with better energy conservation and greater efficiency. To that end, in the area of injection molding technology we have improved our lightweight construction processes and use of recycled materials while in the area of reaction process machinery. We have developed measures that enable us to sustainably increase energy efficiency during processes such as processing polyurethane and other reaction resins. By doing so we not only create added value for our customers, but also are able to actively contribute to environmental protection.
In the BluePower initiative, KraussMaffei is combining measures for efficient drive technology, sophisticated thermal balance and cross-technology process optimization. The BluePower list of actions can be applied across companies, independently of clamping force sizes, series and manufacture, and can be applied to new or already installed machines. This achieves low energy consumption and more efficient use of resources during processing of plastic and rubber while maintaining at least the same level of productivity. Examples of this include BluePower Vario Drive, a variable-speed asynchronous motor that reduces energy consumption by up to 40 percent, and the BluePower insulating sleeve, which saves 40 percent of heating energy.
By means of this initiative, we pledge ourselves to the responsibility of contributing energy-efficient production solutions for conserving scarce resources, conserving energy and sustainably reducing global CO2 emissions. Machines equipped with a function from the BluePower initiative are labeled with the BluePower logo.
Aside from that, energy efficiency labels are available for all KraussMaffei machines as proof of their efficiency class in accordance with EUROMAP 60.1. EUROMAP is a recommendation of the European umbrella association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers for determining the energy consumed by injection molding machines.