COBA Plastics Moulding, based in Whetstone, Leicestershire, has added four new Arburg plastic injection moulding machines to its equipment line up. The automotive part supplier required the additional capacity to support increased orders.
COBA installed three Arburg AllRounder 320 C 500 – 170 Golden Edition with 50 tonnes of clamping force. The fourth machine was an AllRounder 420 C 1000 – 290 Golden Edition 100-tonne machine. All were delivered and commissioned in August 2018.
The three 320 C machines were delivered with Arburg servo electric integral pickers to improve overall process efficiency. The 420 C was specified with the smallest option screw/cylinder assembly to meet quality and efficiency requirements for specific products.
Arburg moulding machines were first used at the COBA Automotive S.r.o plant in Terchova, Slovakia. With the four new moulders, COBA Plastics Moulding operates 24 machines, with clamping capacities ranging from 50 to 420 tonnes. Twelve of the machines are from Arburg and nine are less than 18-months old.
“The four new Arburg machines replaced seven older machines,” said Chris Ellis, technical manager, COBA Plastics Moulding. “It is an excellent indication of the operational efficiency of the Arburg machines.” He continued: “The machine were chosen for their performance and reliability, but also to support COBA's strategy to standardise on the Arburg brand for operational efficiency.”
COBA produces various parts for a series of automotive OEMs, from 10 facilities in seven countries. The company produces extruded and moulded rubber components for interior and exterior applications, including trim retainers, roof rails and map pockets. Other business sectors include medical and packaging.
“When a company like COBA Plastics Moulding chooses Arburg again for high reliability, high usage applications in a non-compromising, just-in-time industry, it proves that our machines are among the most reliable and accurate in the market,” said Colin Tirel, managing director, Arburg Ltd.