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MCG Industries is a South African premium provider of plastic transport packaging items and serves the beverage, brewing and dairy industries.

MCG was facing continuously increasing cost pressure from raw materials. The solution needed to give MCG a reduction in raw material usage, manufacturing cycle times and energy consumption to create a true competitive advantage.

The solution, MCG invested in three large MX 1000-17200 machines from KraussMaffei, with mold makers Schoeller Allibert partnering in the project to create a sophisticated 2-cavity mold.

Selected technical components include the HPS barrier screw providing exceptionally high throughput with excellent melt quality and allowing shorter cycle times, and a 20 per cent lower energy consumption as a result." said Klaus Zeiler, head of the business unit Logistics/Packaging at KraussMaffei.

The insultating sleeve around the injection unit offers even more potential for saving energy and reduced the heat-up time by 20 to 30 per cent. The total heat energy required reduced by 20 to 40 per cent.

MCG had specified a cycle time of 30 seconds which was quite a challenge for the product size (424 x 334 x 310 millimetres). At machine acceptance, KraussMaffei was able to run a stable process at cycle time of 28 seconds. 

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