For Weland, environmental and sustainability work is an important and high-priority issue. Sustainability is, among other things, about choosing the type of energy that gives as little environmental impact as possible by making energy-efficient choices of everything from machines to heating and lighting.
When it comes to heating and cooling our facilities and machines, we have gone from fossil fuels to cooling and heating that now takes place through free cooling and geothermal heating. By constantly developing our production processes for better material and energy utilization, we achieve efficient environmental work.
Weland Plastic is taking another energy-saving measure and is now moving towards a greener future. We have now received our first electric car and we will gradually replace our fleet of cars with only rechargeable vehicles.
We have installed a new, fully automated, raw material system from Piovan, delivered by KD Feddersen, which supplies our machines with plastic granulate in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.
The system is managed and monitored by Winfactory, providing us with continuous monitoring of the process while making life easier for our employees.
Weland Plastic has invested in three new injection moulding machines, two 160 metric tonnes and one 110 metric tonnes, with associated full servo robots with the latest font. The machines will be equipped with vision systems for inspecting parts as well as robots for feeding encapsulation parts. The equipment is tried and tested and has already been used with our machines before. Read more about what we can offer in the field of injection moulding.
Weland Plastic is continuing to invest and it has installed a new measuring machine from German Wenzel. The measuring machine is a Wenzel XO87 Liberty and it is equipped with the latest software. The measurement range along the axes is X 800 mm, Y 1000 mm and Z 700 mm. The new machine has maximum one variation of 1.7my during measurement and is equipped with a 5-axis probe head for fast and accurate measurement.
A new measuring machine creates opportunities for expanding our measuring capacity and increasing our flexibility allowing us to better satisfy our customers' needs for injection moulded articles.
The expansion of our premises is now complete. The new total factory area at Weland Plastic is 15,000 m², split into three production halls equipped with overhead cranes that can handle tools weighing up to 12 tonnes.
The expansion of Weland Plastic's premises has taken place in two steps, and started during the summer of 2019. In our new factory area, we have a materials hall and two finished goods stores, built based on an efficient FIFO flow. The last step in the expansion is for the injection moulding of plastic parts in engineering moulded goods as well as store for finished items.
In connection with the newly built storage halls, the loading bay was also extended to double the area, with both rear and side loading in sheltered surroundings. A canopy for packaging adjoining the production area has been extended to approx. 700 m². The design and build contract is for 7600 m².
Weland Plastic has invested in an additional vertical storage lift from its sister company Weland Solutions. The vertical storage lift, a Compact Lift 3660, is placed on the newly built warehouse premises.
"The storage lift is connected to our business system. Thanks to the investment, we save storage space and can handle goods efficiently," Peo Axelsson, CEO Weland Plastic, says.
Moreover, together with Weland Solutions, they have developed a new plastic product, in the shape of a plastic box that is used as storage equipment in their vertical storage lifts. Now, Weland Solutions can deliver a complete storage lift with its own tailor-made storage equipment.
Weland Plastic inaugurated its new warehouse in October. When the company decided to extend its production facility, it also agreed that a new warehouse should be built. This would allow for an optimal flow of work through the factory; raw materials enter one end of the factory and final plastic parts are stored at the other end, before being loaded and shipped out.
A deep stacking storage area has been installed inside the new warehouse to facilitate FIFO management.
At Weland Plastic, the construction of a new production hall and a new warehouse is underway. Altogether, the new extension will be 4,200 m².
The move to the new warehouse and production hall will take place during the autumn.
Weland Plastic has increased its machinery fleet by adding two more hybrid machines – a 220 tonne and a 500 tonne machine of the make Engel. The two new injection moulding machines are helping to increase the capacity in the production.
With more machines and greater production capacity, Weland Plastic can satisfy its customers' needs even better when it comes to injection moulded articles.
Elmia Subcontractor 2018 is now behind us and we thank everyone who had the opportunity to visit us in our stand. The Weland Group had created a wonderful environment with a good vibe that showed what we are all about. Here we also offered an AR experience, an augmented reality where a constructed model integrated with an iPad displayed how products from the Weland Group are used in the world around you.
If you did not have the opportunity to come to Jönköping this year, you can still experience our exhibition stand. Weland has, together with BIMobject AB, created an interactive VR-model of Weland's booth at Elmia Subcontractor. Clicking the link enables you to walk around our booth and experience the wide range of products and services offered by the Weland Group.
Weland Plastic is an expansive full-service company within thermoplastics with its own resources from idea to finished product. Today, we have two production units in Smålandsstenar, Sweden, with some 60 injection moulding machines in the range 20 to 1000 tonnes clamping force, our own dedicated tool department, vibration welder and measurement department. To provide the best possible quality, the company is quality certified according to IATF 16949 and environmentally certified according to ISO 14001.
The change of name is one step towards increasing the awareness of the fact that we are a part of the Weland Group, which is a family owned Group with its head office in Smålandsstenar. Today, the Group includes some 30 production units in the steel, aluminium and plastics industries with an annual turnover of approx. SEK 2 billion.
In June two new injection moulding machines arrive for Weland Plastic's already powerful fleet of equipment: one machine with a clamping force of 300 metric tonnes and one with a clamping force of 500 metric tonnes. With the newly purchased machines, Weland Plastic can increase the production capacity, while ensuring it can meet an increased demand.
For Weland Plastic it is always important to satisfy the customer's needs and to maintain its short delivery times. With even more machines and greater production capacity, Weland Plastic is equipped for the future and ready for even more projects.
Weland Plastic is now supplementing its fleet of equipment with yet another giant – an Engel, with a clamping force of 1000 metric tonnes. The new injection moulding machine is perfect for manufacturing large and complex items, which are often to be found in the automotive industry.
It can also produce items unmanned, guaranteeing a cost-efficient production for the customer. The machine has a clamping force of 1000 metric tonnes, with associated full servo robot, and a seven-metre-long Z-axis for handling an advanced packaging cell.