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Hellweg at Fakuma 2021: Digital control now available for entire granulator range

[ Hellweg Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG ]

Premiered at K2019, the digital Smart Control System is now available for Hellweg’s entire range of granulators. © Hellweg Maschinenbau

Roetgen, Germany, August 2021. Fakuma 2021 in Friedrichshafen (stand A1-1005, hall A1) will be Hellweg’s opportunity to highlight that its entire range of granulators is now equipped with the digital Smart Control System, which was premiered at K2019. Monitoring is now an option for all sizes, starting from the 150 series machine-side granulators for small parts and sprues right up to the heavy-duty 600 series designed for the toughest applications. The control system detects not only parameters such as power consumption, motor speed and bearing temperatures but also the state of blades, screens and V belts. The recent implementation of the Ethernet-based, cross-system OPC UA standard means the machines can now be integrated into control center systems. 

In addition to providing component monitoring and interconnection with other machines, the control system also has a ‘boost’ mode for adapting grinding capacity to production-related fluctuations. Adaption of operating parameters to defined plastics means that even temperature-sensitive grades can be straightforwardly processed without water cooling. The ‘eco’ operating mode adjusts machine speed to the prevailing input volume, so reducing power consumption.

As Managing Director Mark Hellweg explains, ”The success of the two past years shows that Smart Control is meeting a long-felt need in the sector. Our customers particularly appreciate the ability to monitor the mills’ mechanical components and schedule maintenance accordingly, so avoiding disruptive and costly production downtime. High levels of demand have meant we have been able to adapt the Smart Control System to all our series much sooner than originally planned.”

And Hellweg adds, ”2020 was a difficult year, but thanks to Smart Control our order books have been and remain full. In fact, last year’s turnover was only just short of our previous record in 2019. Another helpful factor was that our new, approx. 500 m² production shop became ready for occupation, so significantly expanding our capacity. And because development and administrative workload is rising hand in hand with production, we are just finalizing plans to triple our office space. Construction of a new, two-story administration building is scheduled to begin this year.”

Hellweg Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, founded as a family business in 1985, is now managed by the second generation of the family. The company manufactures machinery and systems, including many custom designs, for the global plastics and recycling industry in its own production facilities. The product range includes laboratory granulators, machine-side granulators, toothed roll granulators, central granulators, lump granulators, punched skeleton granulators and film & edge strip granulators, edge strip feeders, film cutters as well as dust extraction and removal systems including accessories Robustly constructed, Hellweg granulators are synonymous with advanced technology and meeting the most stringent quality requirements – and with a well-balanced price-performance ratio.

Further information
Hellweg Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG
Contact: Mark Hellweg, Managing Director
Vennstraße 10, 52159 Roetgen, Germany
Tel. +49 (0) 24 71 / 42 54, Fax +49 (0) 24 71 / 16 30

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