ENGEL tie-bar-less technology opens up possibilities for more economical efficiency, flexibility and completely new process concepts—and has already been doing so for more than 25 years.

ENGEL has honoured outstanding tie-bar-less applications for the eighth time during the ENGEL Symposium 2015. For the first time, the prizes have been awarded in three categories.

Efficient use of the mould area


Large and bulky moulds on small injection moulding machines, easy mould changing and high ergonomics for the operator will dominate in this category. 

Innovative process integration


Multi-component injection moulding, PUR and LIM processes, innovative processing technologies or cleanroom applications—the jury will take a closer look at how quality is combined with efficiency.

Economical automation concepts


Extremely compact robot integration, automation in low-ceilinged production rooms and increased productivity through reduced handling time are what it will take to convince the jury.


ENGEL HL-Awards 2015: The winners

The 2015 ENGEL HL Award for Hengst: the outstanding use of the tie-bar-less mould area for the manufacture of oil filter modules helps in various ways to make the application very efficient overall.

The 2015 ENGEL HL Award for Gardena: only the tie-bar-less clamping unit makes it possible to combine maximum precision with very short cycle times for the newly developed two-component process.

The 2015 ENGEL HL Award for Schneegans: four multi-axis robots are integrated on a very small footprint. If an injection moulding machine with tie bars were to be used, the production cell would be considerably larger.


All winners were awarded a voucher worth 5,000 euros for their next machine investment, an image video and a dinner for their whole team.  

The independent jury consisted of representatives of business, science and media. The ENGEL HL-Awards 2015 were presented on June 16 at the gala evening of the ENGEL Symposium.