Frequently Asked Questions
Who is EAS ?
EAS are leading-edge innovators in the design and manufacture of factory automation solutions and have been serving the injection moulding, metal stamping and related industries for more than 20 years with state-of-the-art quick mould change (QMC), quick die change (QDC) and magnetic clamping systems (MCS). In fact, the firm’s origins go back as far as the 1920s when Enerpac – the world leader in general purpose high-force power tools – was formed in the USA.
During the 1990s, with the growing need for state-of-the-art technology in single minute exchange of die (SMED) solutions, three experienced, long serving senior Enerpac executives; Harm Nijzink, Hero Marggrander and Cliff Drake, knew that they had an in-depth understanding of what the production industry needed in terms of time reducing product ideas and value added manufacturing and service capabilities. To give better focus to this market, they purchased the Automation Systems Division from Enerpac in 2001 to form EAS, and followed it later with the acquisition of magnetic clamping “know-how” from Walker Braillon in 2005 – the French originators of the electro magnet – to optimize the existing range of EAS products, systems and services.
What is the EAS mission ?
EAS offers small, medium and large companies in the injection moulding, metal stamping and related industries throughout the world a dynamic and lasting partnership in factory automation involving single minute exchange of die (SMED) applications as their single-source solutions’ provider with a full range of innovative products, systems and services to boost manufacturing processes, speed of turnaround and cost efficiency.
Who are the EAS directors ?
Harm Nijzink, CEO in charge of running the business worldwide, is a graduate mechanical engineer and has spent more than 30 years in the factory automation business helping customers improve their productivity.
Hero Marggrander, VP responsible for sales throughout the German speaking part of Europe and the CIS countries, has a broad technical background with over 25 years experience in the manufacturing industry.
Cliff Drake, VP overseeing sales in North and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, has spent more than 30 years looking after clients dealing with tool holding problems in diverse industries.
How many people does EAS employ worldwide ?
EAS employs some 70 people worldwide in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service functions – all highly qualified and motivated to excel in a business that’s very customer oriented. Embracing a great diversity of environment, language and culture, there is an overriding concern and commitment among EAS employees to quality and excellence that is reflected in the high efficiency and proven dependability of EAS products, systems and services.
Where does EAS manufacture its products and systems ?
EAS products and systems are designed and produced in three main facilities located in the Netherlands, France and China. Each of these manufacturing sites incorporates the most advanced production and testing equipment available – equipment designed to provide our employees with safe, healthy working conditions which in turn contribute to the exacting standards of quality synonymous with the full line of EAS products, systems and services for single minute exchange of die (SMED) applications.
What is the full range of the EAS offer ?
The ancient Chinese knew that the most complicated problems could be solved through inventive combinations of different elements. EAS does the same. The user’s ideal production profile can be realized with the seven components of EAS to give complete single minute exchange of die (SMED) solutions from one single source :
- Consulting and engineering services.
- Clamping systems. Click here.
- Ejector couplers. Click here.
- Mono and multi couplers. Click here.
- Mould and die handling systems. Click here.
- Mould maintenance and mould storage systems. Click here.
- Project co-ordination and installation services.
Individually or combined, these EAS components provide customers with lower production times resulting in reduced manufacturing costs, increasing investment returns.
What are the benefits of QMC and QDC solutions from EAS ?
EAS offers small, medium and large companies in the production industry troughout the world quick clamping and quick changing (QMC) systems for plastic injection moulding applications and quick die change (QDC) systems for metal stamping applications. These systems lower production costs by reducing the change-over time and the unproductive standstill period of manufacturing equipment.
Furthermore, the ability to more frequently change moulds and dies allows for inventories to be kept low, thus giving faster response times to market needs and customer requirements. In addition, QMC and QDC systems from EAS will not only reduce users’ manufacturing costs and make their products more competitive, but they are also safer and easier for employees to operate. For the complete line of QMC and QDC systems from EAS, please click here.
EAS is the leading single source turnkey project supplier for manufacturing applications of single minute exchange of die (SMED) solutions that best meets user’s production requirements.
Contact EAS to find out more about :
- Increased machine productivity.
- Reduced labor cost.
- Lower inventory needs.
- Greater application flexibility.
- Faster response time.
- Improved operator safety.
What are the benefits of EAS magnetic clamping systems ?
EAS offers small, medium and large companies in the production industry troughout the world magnetic clamping systems (MCS) for the plastic injection moulding industry and quick die change (QDC) systems for the metal stamping industry. The primary advantage of magnetic clamping is that it avoids the need for standardization of back plates for vertically loaded moulds. In fact, EAS has optimized its new range of electro permanent magnetic clamping solutions to support :
- the increased demand for full electric injection moulding machines.
- the requirement for safe clamping systems with sufficient holding force.
- the growing need for reduced magnetic plate thickness on smaller size machines for more daylight opening between the platen.
Furthermore, with the acquisition of Pressmag “know-how” from Walker Braillon – the French originators of the electro magnet – EAS was able to optimize its range of magnetic clamping (MCS) systems by using both the benefits of the square pole design and the long pole design used in platen construction, thus providing customers with the possibility to match their processes with the appropriate clamping solution. For the complete line of MCS from EAS, please click here.
How does EAS support its customers ?
Each application problem is unique to the user – wherever he may be. And every user wants his problem solved by someone who knows his conditions, has an understanding of his situation… is there on the spot to help. That’s the strength of EAS : being on the spot. Being able to offer effective solutions to a particular problem, tailored to the user’s needs and conditions in a given location… worldwide.
It is worth noting that each EAS location is a local business – run by professionals who speak the language, know the industry, and are well aware of conditions… the needs and problems faced by users.
The clear aim of everyone at EAS is to offer practical solutions to customer problems – even if that means adapting standard products to meet particular needs. And whatever the product, whatever the work location, EAS has the capability to provide full product support services on a global basis – making sure customers gain the best possible returns on their EAS investment of single minute exchange of die (SMED) solutions. For the complete list of worldwide EAS locations, please click here.
How many EAS solutions are installed around the world, what are the primary industries, and who are some of the customers ?
EAS has well over 4’600 systems installed globally at small, medium and large customer locations in diverse industries such as automobile and vehicle manufacturing, automotive parts makers, engine builders, aircraft companies, high tech industries, heavy and light industrial applications of all types, household products manufacturers, metal and plastic goods industries and many more.
To meet clients’ needs, EAS offers a complete range of products and systems for QMC, QDC, MCS and manual and automatic multi coupler systems for SMED applications – including : a wide selection of hydraulic clamps with, for example, self-locking and sensor features for vertical and horizontal mould changes ; manual and automatic multi coupler systems for simple and fast connections to all utility supplies ; magnetic mould clamping systems ; ejector couplers ; mould change tables and cars ; inspection units ; mould rotation units ; mould and die storage systems… all from a single source with various degrees of automation capabilities. And, if required, EAS tailor-makes products and systems to suit the user’s particular situation.Examples of complete EAS solution installations
At SULO in Germany – leading manufacturers of plastic waste containers and steel drums – EAS devised a complete solution for changing 100 ton moulds. Together with the injection moulding machine supplier HUSKY, EAS built and installed an adaptive hydraulic clamping system, an air cushion mould changing cart, and several mould storage units. In addition, EAS designed and delivered a mould inspection system for time saving maintenance work. Previously, mould change operations at this location would take half a day… sometimes more depending on the application. Now, with the help of EAS, this task is completed within less than 20 minutes.
At a number of Peguform factories around the world – global manufacturer of moulded car and vehicle components – EAS provided complete turnkey solutions for several large size injection moulding machines supplied by Krauss-Maffei and Battenfeld. These projects consisted of consulting, engineering, manufacturing and the installation involving all QMC systems, the coordination between customer, machine manufacturer and mould maker, as well as the installation of all QMC related solutions. EAS was able to help this customer to reduce changeover time for 40 ton moulds to less than 10 minutes – instead of the 120 minutes it took earlier by using conventional mould change methods.
For AEG in Germany – world renowned makers of household goods – EAS developed a completely automated QMC system for five 1’300 ton Demag Ergotech injection moulding machines. The installation included clamping systems, manual multi couplers, storage system and a mould inspection unit. And because there was no overhead crane available, EAS also designed and built an electric driven air cushion cart to transport, load and unload 20 ton moulds. Previously, machines would have to be stopped almost half a day for operators to change moulds. Now, with the innovative EAS set-up, 15 minutes of machine stand-still time is all it takes to change moulds.Additional EAS customers around the world
Aida, Arburg, Braun, BYD and VW, Cadence, Engel, Faurecia, Fiat, Great Wall Automative, Haitian, Helmerding, Honda, Johnson Controls, Negri Bossi, Milacron, Plastal, Renault, Toyota, Toshiba, Visteon and many more.
Where can users purchase EAS products and systems ?
EAS being leading-edge innovators in the design and manufacture of factory automation solutions for single minute exchange of die (SMED) applications, users expect the company to have a global presence. For this reason, EAS has worldwide production, sales and service capabilities in many different locations – enabling close working relationships with customers wherever they happen to be. Indeed, it’s one of the EAS strengths : being on the spot – knowing local situations and being able to solve customer problems tailored to the user’s needs and conditions in a given county. For the complete list of EAS locations, please click here.
Where can users find the full range of EAS documentation
EAS can help users to achieve considerable cost savings by lowering downtime and increasing productivity with single minute exchange of die (SMED) solutions. To this end, EAS makes available a complete line of separate product, equipment, systems and solutions catalogues in different languages for the numerous applications found throughout production industries ; quick mould change (QMC) and quick die change (QMC) systems for the plastic injection moulding industry; quick die change (QDC) systems for metal stamping applications; magnetic clamping systems (MCS) for injection moulds; manual and automatic multi coupler systems for general industry use, as well as magnetic lifters, mould rotation units, die splitters, plus a multitude of other tool handling and storage equipment.
To receive any one of these literature pieces completely free of charge in either paper form or CD format, simply contact the nearest EAS location by clicking here and you will promptly be mailed a copy. The full range of EAS documentation can also be downloaded by clicking here.
How can users keep up-to-date with EAS developments ?
EAS frequently announces news and updates about technological advances, product introductions, and general information involving the company itself and the industries it serves. Please click here to find out what is new from EAS.
In addition, EAS regularly publishes The Change and EASquickTALK newsletters. These contain the latest information about the production industry and is intended for audiences worldwide. Feature articles discuss the concept, advancement and adaptation of new technology that help customers reduce downtime and increase productivity – which has always been one of the basic EAS strengths.
Available in several languages, users can register to automatically receive free copies of either The Change or EASquickTALK by contacting the nearest EAS location click here. Alternatively, the latest edition of The Change can be downloaded here and EASquickTALK here. For archived copies of earlier editions of The Change click here, and for EASquickTALKclick here.
At which events does EAS plan to be present?
EAS maintains strong contacts with the manufacturing industry involving factory automation solutions for single minute exchange of die (SMED) applications. And there is no better time to strengthen these relationships than the various trade fairs and exhibitions that are organized regularly in the various countries. EAS can be found on most of these events – demonstrating their leading-edge products, systems and solutions that help customers achieve considerable time and cost savings. In the coming months, engineers and technicians from EAS will be present at the events listed here… looking forward to meeting with users.
What jobs are available at EAS ?
EAS is always interested to hear from well qualified people in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service functions who have the strong desire to work in a demanding and challenging customer oriented environment – motivated to help us grow our business and at the same time find great personal reward in being employed by one of the most innovative companies in single minute exchange of die (SMED) solutions for factory automation applications.
To those starting out in their career, EAS offers unique learning opportunities and the possibility to work alongside highly experienced engineers and technicians on leading-edge state-of-the-art projects as part of the new employees’ development process.
To view current job openings at EAS, please click here.