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Krauss Maffei Machinery Meets Ikea Energy Efficiency Standards

Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Krauss Maffei machinery is halving the energy required to manufacture some of Ikea’s recycled PET boxes, according to the German plastics processing machinery maker.

Krauss Maffei says it has delivered another CX 420-3500 injection molding machine to Italy’s Plast3, which is being used to manufacture red, white and transparent rectangular carry boxes for Ikea.

Plast3 had to meet certain energy-efficiency criteria to qualify as an Ikea manufacturer, according to Plast3 managing partner Ivano Castelli. This, he says, was a key reason why the company purchased Krauss Maffei machinery.

Krauss Maffei’s Blue Power program in its machines includes energy saving procedures such as cylinder insulation and short cycle times, according to the company. The energy requirements of the hydraulic drives are optimized by the use of servo motors, which adapts the speed of pumps and keeps idling losses close to zero. This represents a 50 percent savings compared with traditional machines, the company says.

Castelli says the machine’s low CO2 emissions also played a role in why Plast3 selected them. The company purchased one MX 850-1200 and three CX 420-3500 injection molding machines, complete with robots, from Krauss Maffei.

Plast3 also use the machinery to manufacture one-piece PET child safety seat inserts, it says.

Earlier this week, Ikea announced a plan to become energy and resource independent by 2020, which includes constructing €1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) of wind and solar projects. In addition to producing as much renewable energy as is consumed in Ikea stores and buildings, Ikea says it will improve energy efficiency in all of its operations by at least 20 percent and encourage its suppliers to do the same.

As part of its new sustainability strategy, dubbed People & Planet Positive, Ikea says it will offer the most energy-efficient home appliances on the market at the lowest prices, and sell only LED lamps and bulbs in its stores by 2016 – a pledge the store made earlier this month. The company says this lighting will last up to 20 years and cut consumers’ electricity use by up to 85 percent. Ikea also said it will change more than 1 million light sources inside its stores to LED and other more efficient lighting.

 



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