In the course of expanding its production capacity at the end of last year, ESCHA, based in Halver/Germany, acquired 8 WITTMANN BATTENFELD injection molding machines from the hydraulic HM series.
ESCHA Bauelemente GmbH will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year. The company was founded in 1983 exclusively as a stamping plant, and the production of injection-molded parts was taken up in 1986. Today it operates two production facilities in Halver as well as its own separate logistics center, with some 500 associates and about 42 million EUR in sales in 2011. A new mold-making facility will be ready to move into shortly.
ESCHA’s product portfolio is divided into 3 areas, “Tailor-Made”, “Specials” and “Standard”, with Tailor-Made contributing about 50% to total sales. With this high proportion of customized solutions as well as special solutions, ESCHA has achieved a unique selling proposition on the market and is known as a trendsetter for plug-in connectors for sensor technology. Examples of customized solutions are detergentresistant or highly heat-resistant plug-in connectors, connectors with special data transmission functions or quick-connector technology, to name just a few.
The company’s specific product range requires a high degree of innovative strength – ESCHA files numerous patent applications every year – as well as an extensive vertical range of manufacturing. Therefore training has top priority at ESCHA.
ESCHA offers trainee positions for all trades and professions relevant to the company, such as industrial business management assistants, toolmakers, draftsmen, as well as plastics technicians and information technology officers. But further training for existing staff is offered on a continuous basis too. ESCHA also makes intensive use of WITTMANN BATTENFELD’s training program.
In manufacturing its innovative products, ESCHA relies on innovative injection molding technology from WITTMANN BATTENFELD. In the course of expanding its production capacity at the Oststraße facility, ESCHA has invested in modern injection molding machines from WITTMANN BATTENFELD’s HM series. These are actually hydraulic machines with clamping forces ranging from 65 to 180 t, consisting of 4 HM 65/60 machines, 3 HM 110/210 units and one HM 180/750. “The new injection molding machines have enabled us to improve the coordination of our entire pool of machinery. We have categorized our equipment into three sizes and laid out all machine models belonging to each category in a similar way. This enables us to freely combine the molds and machines from the same category with each other, which increases the flexibility and utilization rate of the equipment”, says Jürgen Sikora, Head of Materials Management at ESCHA.
The HM series from WITTMANN BATTENFELD stand out above all by their modular diversity, ultimate precision and extensive range of options for virtually any application, which makes this series especially attractive for ESCHA. The machines also feature an extremely small footprint, thanks to their highly compact, extremely rigid 3-platen design. Further characteristics are low noise levels in operation and a service-friendly structure. A generously dimensioned mold space and low-maintenance linear guides are additional highlights of the HM series.