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Injection molding. (What to See at NPE 2003).

Show goers will see an electric injection machine in nearly every press maker's booth this year, and electric/hydraulic hybrids in several. Among the many all-electric debuts are the Eljex NEX line from Nissei, Elma line from Negri Bossi, MDS IV series from Niigata, SR vertical-clamp series from Sumitomo, ECN series from Toshiba, MEt line from Mitsubishi/MHI, LGE line from LG International (a new player in all-electrics), the E-jet disk-molding press from Netstal (its first U.S. showing), and a 750-tonner from Toyo that is the largest machine yet from that supplier--either hydraulic or electric. Other new all-electrics come from Asian Plastics Machinery and Haitian Machinery.

Toshiba's new ECN series deserves mention because it uses ultra-high-speed linear servo motors for faster injection with high positioning accuracy. Up to now, linear servos have appeared only on certain Milacron Fanuc models.

Hybrid presses, said to offer the best qualities of electric servos and hydraulics without their disadvantages, are also coming into their own. The most intriguing hybrids are those that marry electric and hydraulic technologies in the clamp mechanism. Meiki, Mitsubishi/MHI, and Sodick will show new two-platen, hydromechanical-style hybrid clamps, and Demag Plastics Group will show its El-Exis S, which uses a servodriven pump to operate a toggle. A brand-new alternative will be introduced by Dima of Korea: Its Hytoggle press uses an electric-driven toggle clamp for mold open/close and a two-platen hydraulic system for clamp-up. Meanwhile, new hybrids that utilize electric drive only on the screw will be introduced by Arburg (Advance Series) and Sandretto (ESD Series).

A ready-made package for converting a standard machine's injection unit to a more energy-efficient hybrid will debut from Moog Inc. Its PowerShot system is a sealed servo-hydraulic package driven by two electric servo motors. It comes with its own controls and just needs to be attached to the screw shaft and barrel, plus electrical and water connections.

Speedier hydraulics

Speed is king for some new hydraulic machine entries at the show. Nissei will show its new FN AN1 series of high-speed, energy-efficient, fully hydraulic presses, which use multiple variable-volume pumps but need no accumulator or shut-off nozzle. Sandretto's new Mach3 line is a high-speed, accumulator-assisted series for closures and packaging.

Meanwhile, Ube is emphasizing a combination of lower cost, wide platens, and larger tiebar spacing for its new Ultima UN hydraulic series from 500 to 1500 tons.

The show also gives North American molders a look at the hydraulic and hybrid machine styles of several Asian OEMs that don't have broad exposure here. They include Asian Plastic Machinery, Chen Hsong, Chuan Lih Fa, Dima, Fu Chun Shin, Haitian, Jinhwa, Lien Fa, L.K. Machinery, Year Chance, and Yuh Dak. Other less-familiar nameplates include Himaco of Brazil and Dassett of the U.K.

Special-purpose presses

A host of specialized molding applications will get attention at the show:

* Insert molding: New vertical presses (some of them all-electric) will be highlighted by Autojectors, Boy, Gluco, Haitian, Mini-Jector, Niigata, Nissei, and Sumitomo. Others emphasizing vertical clamps are Battenfeld, Engel, Illinois Precision, Maplan, MIR, and Yuh Dak of Taiwan. Robot supplier SAS Automation is introducing rotary tables for insert molding.

Meanwhile, HPM has a new horizontal solution for insert molding--its Freedom rotator WP series of two-platen hydromechanical presses with a rotating movable platen.

* Micromolding: As the parts get smaller, the field of available machinery gets bigger. Look for "micro" exhibits by Arburg, Battenfeld, Excel Plas, Hull/Finmac, Nissei, Sumitomo, and Toshiba.

* Multi-component: The ever-growing popularity of multi-shot and coinjection systems will be reflected in the displays of Battenfeld, Demag Plastics Group, Engel, Kortec, Krauss-Maffei, MGS Manufacturing, Plasdan, Plastic Metal, Presma, and Spirex. The latter will demonstrate the new Twinshot technology for two-component sandwich molding with a single barrel on a conventional machine.

* LSR/LIM: Liquid silicone molding shows up at A.L.B.A. Enterprises, Arburg, Boy Machines, Engel, Fluid Automation, Hull/Finmac, Krauss-Maffei, MIR, and Toshiba.

* PET preforms: Both injection and blow molders will want to take a look at what Anker, Fu Chun Shin, Kortec, Lien Fa, and MIR have to offer.

* Structural foam: The lone example at the show is the new low-pressure Lumina E press from Wilmington Machinery, which is also designed for gas-assist injection.

What's hot in hot runners

At least 33 makers of hot-runner components and systems will show their wares at NPE. Valve gates will be a particular focus for many of them--especially valve gates that offer improved durability and easier servicing. Look for valve gates to be emphasized by D-M-E, Ewikon, Fast Heat, Gunther, J Tech, Melt Design, MHS, Mold-Masters, Polyshot, Synventive, and Yudo, among others.

There will also be new examples of what one supplier calls "thermal valve gates"--nozzles that have independent tip heaters that can quickly open up or freeze off the tip as needed. This approach was pioneered by Seiki Spear but similar concepts are appearing from Duratherm and Plasthing.

Easy installation of "bolt-on" or "drop-in" hot halves that are pre-wired and pre-assembled is another theme at the show. Examples will be featured by Heatlock, Incoe, and MHS.

Speedy delivery has been emphasized by a number of suppliers lately. Husky, for one, will be talking about expansion of its Pronto hot-runner program.

In hot-runner controls, two suppliers will be showing boxes that mount directly on the mold. You'll find them at American MSI and PCS (showing Caco's 1PM system).

An interesting new twist comes from HRSflow Hotrunner Technology, whose Fail-Safe system for nozzles and manifolds includes a redundant set of heaters and thermocouples to keep things running in case a component malfunctions.

Robot roundup

More than 30 suppliers will be showing robots and end-of-arm tooling components. New models designed to offer speed and accuracy at lower cost will be especially plentiful. Models that combine an overhead linear traverse with a jointed arm will be shown by Fanuc and Ventax. Applications of robots for in mold decorating or labeling will be demonstrated by MGS and Hekuma. Star Automation's new "mold-tracking" software can shift the robot's position settings to compensate for mold drift. Yushin will demonstrate the merits of putting internet access into robot controls for retrieving set-ups, production notes for a job, or maintenance information.

Process prowess

Demonstrations of special process technologies are bound to attract many show visitors. Gas-assist technology will be featured by Alliance Gas Systems, Arburg, Bauer Plastics Technology, Cinpres Gas Injection, Dima, Epcon Gas Systems, Fu Chun Shin, Gain Technologies, and Plastic Metal. The newer approach of water injection will be an attraction at the booths of Cinpres Gas Injection, Engel, and Krauss-Maffei.

Trexel's MuCell process for microcellular molding will appear at that firm's booth and at JSW's.

The proprietary X-Melt process for super-fast injection without an accumulator has been in development by Engel for two years and is being shown here for the first time. It involves pre-compressing the melt behind a shutoff nozzle and then letting the melt "explode" into the mold when the valve is opened.

Machine vision for mold protection and parts inspection will be on stage at four booths: Automation Vision Technology, Avalon Vision Solutions, Comet Automation, and Excel Plas.

Two new players will enter the scene for magnetic mold-clamping systems. EAS will roll out its new magnetic clamp system that withstands the higher temperatures of thermoset molding by using AlNiCo instead of neodymium. Meanwhile, Hilma Div. of Carr Lane Roemheld will unveil is System 130 magnetic clamp system.

Exhibitor Listings

Includes molding machines, controls, robots, QMC systems, and hot-runner components. New developments appear in bold face type.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES WORLDWIDE, INC.

Booth 8405

Manufactures and rebuilds bimetallic screws and barrels. Also provides plant inspection services and consulting.

AEC INC.

Booth 1840

Unveiling AE-SB series 3-axis, low-cost servo robot. Also demonstrating AEXTI series and AEV series robots, as well as AE-YS and AE-ST series sprue pickers.

AKRON QUALITY FEEDSCREWS

See Diamond America Corp.

ALBA ENTERPRISES INC.

Booth 4052

Showing Thermoplay hot-runner systems. Also showing cold runner for LSR and temperature controllers.

ALLIANCE GAS SYSTEMS

Booth 11018

Introducing Epic controller for gas assist that has multi-phase digital pressure control, digital pressure ramping, 8000-psi peak pressure, and "FIRST" fast acting control. Will hold a raffle for a free Epic system.

AMERICAN AEROSTAR CORP.

Booth 3118

Supplier of quick-mold-change (QMC) systems. Offers hydraulic, mechanical, and hydromechanical systems.

AMERICAN MSI CORP.

Booths 1293, 1296

Will display new Altanium CM mold-mounted hot-runner temperature control system and Altanium compact hot-runner temperature controller.

ANKER PET EQUIPMENT LTD.

Booth 7925 (Exhibiting w/British Plastic Federation)

U.K supplier of new and rebuilt PET pre-form molding machines and other PET bottle equipment.

ARBURG INC.

Booth 1860

Introducing Allrounder 820S 440-ton press that will be shown as a two-component machine fitted with a side-entry Multilift robot. Also showing new hybrid Allrounder Advance series in a 110ton model using gas-assist to produce a coat hanger, and a 176-ton model with a robot producing a stackable box. Also showing new Allrounder A all-electric machine in an 88-ton model making medical pipettes. Other machines will demonstrate overmolding with a rotarytable press, LSR molding with a cold-runner system in a high cavitation tool, thermoset molding, and micro-molding of a 0.15-g gear. Remote troubleshooting and monitoring, and a system for planning, scheduling, and monitoring production quality will be shown.

ASIAN PLASTIC MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 4996

Taiwan-based supplier of all-electric, double-toggle, two-platen, and high-speed hydraulic or electric machines.

ASS MASCHINENBAU GMBH

Booth 4691 (Exhibiting w/ATS Automation Technology Schwope)

Supplies robot end-of-arm tooling components. ATS "erector-set approach" includes grippers, sprue cutters, vacuum cups, profiles, and quick tool changer.

ATS AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY SCHWOPE, INC.

See ASS Maschinenbau.

AUTOJECTORS

See Milacron.

AUTOMATED ASSEMBLIES CORP.

Booth 1063

Supplies automation workcells and application-specific robotic solutions, including vision inspection, assembly, packing, insert molding, and in-mold decorating.

AUTOMATED VISION TECHNOLOGY

Booth 11307

Introducing and demonstrating MoldInspector stand-alone turnkey mold-inspection system using machine vision.

AVALON VISION SOLUTIONS LLC

Booth 7122

Introducing QualityStation vision inspection series with new PlantVision 7 software for part and assembly inspection and quality control. Also introducing MoldWatcher II vision mold-monitoring system developed exclusively as an option for the XTREEM-NT/XP controllers from Milacron. Showing an automated inspection cell for an automotive interior component.

BARREL & SCREW INTERNATIONAL CORP.

Booth 10117

Showing barrels and screws for plastics machines.

BATTENFELD INJECTION MOLDING TECHNOLOGY

Booths 1602, 1802

Premiere of a manufacturing cell to produce large plastic car windows, using 2200-ton HM two-platen press and new injection-compression (IMP-more) process. Also showing new EM. series all-electric model 1000/350 producing a 7-g PC light socket. Microsystem 5-ton micro-molding press will make parts weighing a few hundredths of a gram. Vertical R 600/50 rotary-table unit with Unirob robot will overmold airbag initiators. HM 3500/1900+130L will use 1MG (In-Mold Cutting) to make a multi-material automotive pillar. Also showing Plus 350 small hydraulic press, TM 500/210 B2 toggle model, and R8 6-10-20 beam-mounted robot.

BAUER PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY GROUP

Booth 4319

Showing two- and four-channel nitrogen control unit for gas assist. Self-contained system applies individual pressure profiles to multiple gas-injection outlets. Also showing G120 inert-gas compressor system for high-demand use, offered in a range of sizes suited to gas assist for a single injection machine or an entire plant.

BEAUMONT RUNNER TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Booth 11224

Showing MeltFlipper technology for correcting unbalanced filling of multi-cavity molds. Will demonstrate its ability to mold high-quality parts on a 1944 model plunger injection press. Introducing MeltFlipper Max technology, which expands the system's capability to eliminate core shift and address situations such as thin-wall molding, hot runners, and stack molds. Also unveiling 5-step process-diagnostic software that reduces mold commissioning time by quickly generating reports that benchmark mold-filling performance and effectiveness of any corrections. Software is template-driven, so users just fill in shot weights for each cavity. Also introducing cost-effective licensing options.

BIMETALIX DIV.

See Spirex Corp.

BOSCH REXROTH CORP.

Booth 4744

Introducing DPQ digital controller with analog feedback for hydraulic injection cylinders, improved to be faster, more repeatable, and more accurate. Also introducing IndraDrive M modular drive-integrated PLC, which incorporates a servo drive and frequency-converter technology on one platform. It supports all standard control communication systems.

BOY MACHINES INC.

Booth 1470

Introducing Procan CT Model 35V, a 35-ton vertical-clamp press with fixed lower platen. It will be shown with a 6-axis robot. Also unveiling electric screwdrive option, being shown on a Procan CT Model 90A, which will produce a precision bobbin coil in a two-cavity mold. Also showing Boy 55(60 tons) producing an electronic connector in a 4-cavity mold; Boy 90 (10 ton) producing a giveaway PP Frisbee; Procan CT 22 AVV vertical press insert molding Allan keys in two-cavities with an articulating robot; Boy 22 A molding LSR baby-bottle nipples in a six-cavity mold; Model SOD with Dipronic control making a TPE part with a parts-removal and degating robot.

CAE SERVICES CORP.

Booth 5946

Rolling out new Mold-Vac 10,000 unit that evacuates air and gases from mold cavities prior to and during injection. It also cleans vented ejector and core pins after each cycle.

CANADIAN FEED SCREWS MANUFACTURING LTD.

Booth 9713

Makes wear-resistant screws, barrels, tips, endcaps and tiebars.

CANTERBURY ENGINEERING CO.

Booth 12513

Manufactures screws, barrels, check valves, tips, and dies.

CENTERLINE AUTOMATION SERVICES INC.

Booth 3134

Introducing fully teachable robot control retrofittable to other manufacturers' robots. Also showing new servo conversion system to replace existing drive mechanisms on parts-removal robots from other makers.

CHEN HSONG MACHINERY (CANADA) CO.

Booth 4974

Introducing Supermaster line of horizontal toggle presses from 55 to 3200 tons. Three models of 90, 250, and 600 tons will be running.

CHUAN LIH FA MACHINERY WORKS CO. LTD.

Booth 7325

Makes CLF-T line of horizontal toggle presses from 80 to 3500 tons. Units have new clamp design.

CINPRES GAS INJECTION INC.

Booth 5980

Will demonstrate new CGI water controller and water nozzle in water-injection molding of a glass-filled nylon handle on a 180-ton Sumitomo SED press. Also showing gas-injection controllers and nitrogen-generation system. Showing parts produced with external and internal gas assist and its Plastic Expulsion Process (PEP).

Booth 3022

COMET AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

Introducing Comet PE-300 handheld vision inspection system for mold monitoring. Unit checks for flash, short shots, contamination, or changes to the surface of the mold, core pins, or slides.

CONAIR

Booth 2616

Demonstrating three models of new Generation IV beam robots for small to mid-size machines. New SR4040 model will be shown for the first time. All models have 1800 wrist rotation and new Visual control.

CONFORMA CLAD INC.

Booth 4367

Showing cladding technology that extends service life of injection check valves, valve seats, nozzles, screws, and barrel liners.

CRUCIBLE SERVICE CENTERS

Booth 10110

Showing Cru-Clad bimetallic barrel liners.

DASSEIT PROCESS ENGINEERING LTD.

Booth 7925 (Exhibiting with British Plastics Federation)

Offers DM series of horizontal, fully hydraulic presses from 40 to 170 tons. Also offers 60-ton vertical or horizontal Osciblend press for compounding and molding metal or ceramic powders and heat-sensitive materials. It has a twin-screw extruder for plastication.

DEMAG PLASTICS GROUP

Booth 2202

Introducing IntElect all-electric press in a 165-ton model, making Frisbees using a Twinshot single-barrel coinjection process. A 50-ton model will produce pipettes in a 24-cavity mold. Also showing EI-Exis S series hybrid-electric presses in a high-speed 420-ton model making yogurt cups in a 12x12-cavity stack mold at 14,400 parts/hr; and in a 200-ton model demonstrating new multi-component option. Also showing new 950-ton Caliber two-platen model.

Newly available to the U.S. is the Van Dorn Multi, a multi-component unit with recently enhanced options and advanced controls. It will use a 6x6 cavity stack mold to produce juice containers using two different PP materials. Also introducing Multi-Plug self-contained second injection unit for retrofit onto a press. A Van Dorn HT 85 with Multi-Plug will make two-component fingernails with core-hack technology. Also showing new 80-ton Extra series hydraulic machine. A 60-ton Demag Ergotech Microshot unit will be in operation at the Ewikon booth (4031). Van Dorn and Demag machines in the booth and elsewhere in the show will be networked with a SysconPlantStar system. Also highlighting the support, retrofit, and part-supply capabilities of its Molder Action Network.

DIAMOND AMERICA CORP.

Booth 5675

Showing screws and barrels produced by its Akron Quality Feedscrews Div.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

Booth 9740

Repairs and rebuilds plastics machine controls. Supplies Power Miser energy-saving variable-frequency, variable-speed drive for hydraulic pumps and plant water and air systems.

DIMA INC.

Booth 9746

Unveiling 120-ton model in a new all-electric press line ranging from 80 to 270 tons. It will be running at show. Also introducing Hytoggle two-platen toggle-clamp presses in sizes from 220 to 650 tons. A 550-ton Hytoggle model will be running with gas assist. Introducing DMT-VI toggle presses that use a vector inverter to control motor and pump. It is said to be less expensive than a servo-electric motor and more responsive than a frequency drive motor. A 120-ton model will produce parts at the show.

DIRECT-LINE PRODUCTS Booth 1240 (Exhibiting w/EMI Plastics Equipment)

Showing new robot end-of-arm-tooling components.

D-M-E

Booth 1440 (Exhibiting w/Milacron Inc.]

Rolling out its first full-featured hot-runner valve-gate system with a broader range of nozzle lengths and diameters. It's designed initially for mid-sized parts and later to be expanded to small and large parts. Also introducing Integrity series compact temperature-control system.

DURATHERM PROCESSING SYSTEMS INC. Booth 7208

Introducing Solution Thermal Spike Valve Torpedoes with on/off tip control, described as "electronic runnerless valve gating." Also showing Solution series runnerless bushings and torpedoes.

DYNAMIC METAL TREATING, INC. Booth 4598

Offers metal treating services for hardening screws and barrels.

EAS MOLD & DIE CHANGE SYSTEMS CORR Booth 4149

Introducing high-temperature magnetic quick-change clamp system for thermosets. AINiCo construction can handle temperatures up to 450 F. Also showing new quick-change hydraulic ejector couplers.

EMI PLASTICS EQUIPMENT Booth 1240

Unveiling attractively priced hot-runner temperature-control system with control modules and mainframes that are interchangeable with other brands. Also introducing new robot end-of-ann-tooling, modular build-your-own enclosures, new deburring tools, and gate cutters. Also showing non-return valves and nozzles.

ENGEL Booth 1685

Introducing 720-ton Duo two-platen machine, which will produce an automotive manifold. Also introducing 200ton E-motion all-electric press, now the largest in the line, which will grow to 400 tons. Also showing 600-ton Engel Classic toggle producing a thin-wall food container. Will also demonstrate new X-Melt technology for super-high-speed injection without an accumulator and Watermelt water-injection technology. Also showing an all-electric LIM/LSR machine, a vertical-clamp/vertical-injection insert molder, a 300-ton tiebarless unit for multi-injection applications, and a 1000-ton Duo two-platen press running long-glass fiber with injection compression. Engel robotics will be used with these demonstrations.

EOAT SYSTEMS Booth 1240 (Exhibiting w/EMI Plastics Equipment)

Introducing robot end-of-arm-tooling components for build-your-own tooling and build-your-own enclosure cages.

EPCO LLC Booth 1409 (Exhibiting w/Brown Plastics Machinery LLCJ

Provides machinery remanufacturing, refurbishing, and preventive-maintenance services, as well as a variety of proprietary controls upgrades. Newest service is moving an entire molding business to a new factory.

EPCON GAS SYSTEMS INC. Booth 4322

Supplies nitrogen-generators and related components for gas-assist molding.

EWIKON HOTRUNNER SYSTEMS Booth 4031

Introducing HPSJII MH and MV 240V multi-tip nozzles for hot-sprue or manifold systems, in conventional or edge-gate configuration. Other 240V components include valve gates and torpedo nozzles. Introducing HPS C temperature controller for up to 36 zones in 240V or dual-voltage output, featuring adaptive tuning for each zone. Also introducing self-contained, in-line valve gate with the nozzle and drive in one package that mounts in front of the manifold. Also showing improved designs for HPSIII S and K series torpedo nozzles and new circular-diaphragm coaxial valve gate designed as a single-gate solution to provide superior concentricity in round parts. Also showing a drop-in system that is pre-assembled, pre-wired, pre-plumbed, and tested. It's designed to replace bolt-on systems for automotive applications.

EXCEL PLAS INC. Booth 10929

Introducing Robot-Eye 510 vision system for mold protection. Will be running on a 3-ton micro-molding press.

FANUC ROBOTICS AMERICA, INC. Booth 9540

Demonstrating a robot cell in which the new M-l6iB/T rail-mounted, 6-axis jointed-arm robot simulates parts removal from a press. The M-l6iB/T has a maximum reach of 67.5 in. and payload capacity of 44 lb.

FAST HEAT INC. Booth 2832

Introducing Modular Pulse II temperature controller, an integrated, multi-zone hot-runner controller with replaceable zone modules. It handles 24 to 168 zones and has one-button self-diagnostics. It retrieves data from new Mold IQ microprocessor chip on the mold, which stores set-up information for operating the mold when it moves from machine to machine. Also introducing Precision series valve gates that are said to have more streamlined and uniform flow, longer service life, and faster in-press maintenance than other valve gates. Shot sizes from 5 to 3000 g.

FERROMATIK MILACRON

See Milacron Inc.

FLUID AUTOMATION INC. Booth 4959

Introducing Flow Metered system for LSR that uses flow meters to maintain ratio of material out of the pumps.

FORTUNE INTERNATIONAL INC. Booth 6303

Introducing Va series all-electric press, in a 110-ton model with a Fanuc toggle clamp. Also demonstrating 88ton and 110-ton Vs series hydraulic toggles. Introducing closed-loop servo-pump hydraulic system with a variable-volume pump package on a 200-ton Vs model.

FU CHUN SHIN MACHINERY MANUFACTURE CO. LTD.

Booth 7525 (Exhibiting w/Taiwan Trade Center)

Builds hydraulic injection machines from 60 to 3000 tons; high-speed hybrid-electric machines from 50 to 500 tons; and ther-moset presses from 60 to 320 tons. Offers two-color machines from 140 to 1000 tons, sandwich presses from 110 to 420 tons, PET preform machines from 140 to 420 tons, and a gas-assist injection system.

GAIN TECHNOLOGIES

Booth 6310

Supplies gas-injection nozzles, gas generators, controls, and other components for gas-assist molding. Its technology will be demonstrated at Arburg and Dima booths.

GAMMAFLUX

Booth 2849

Rolling out GLC2k low-cost hot-runner temperature controller with up to six zones of control and 20% lower price than the firm's GLC control. Also introducing version 2.0 software for the TTC touchscreen interface as well as the integrated transformer pod for the TTC, capable of holding up to a 45kVa transformer without dramatically increasing footprint of the controller. Showingnew TTC International Interface operator panel for TTC hot-runner temperature controls as a lower-cost but full-featured alternative to the TTC touchscreen-interface Windows NT system.

GLUCO INC.

Booth 674

Introducing HM series of horizontal fully hydraulic machines of 50 to 550 tons with Barber-Colman or Omron controls; a 165-ton model will run at the show. Also introducing VS series vertical-clamp, rotary injection machine with four tiebars instead of a 0-frame to eliminate deflection and expand platen area. A 150-ton model with Barber-Colman's new Maco RS controls will be shown. Showing a rebuilt 40-ton shuttle-table unit with a vertical clamp and vertical injector.

GLYCON CORP.

Booth 1285

Supplies screws, barrels, end caps, and non-return valves.

GUNTHER HOT RUNNER SYSTEMS

Booth 4165

Introducing replaceable gate tip insert for valve-gate nozzles that cuts wear in cavity inserts. Also introducing low-mass Hot Slot heating element for Gatekeeper line of nozzles for faster response and more uniform temperature profile. Has electrical quick disconnects.

HAITIAN MACHINERY CO.

Booth 170

Chinese firm is introducing HTVS line of vertical presses from 60 to 300 tens. A 60-ton model will make parts at the show. Also introducing HTD line of all-electric toggle presses from 50 to 300 tons with Mitsubishi controls. Running 88- and 100-ton models at the show. Unveiling the new HTH high-speed machines from 100 to about 500 tens. Accumulator provides injection speed of 1400 mm/sec. A 210-ton unit will make PP drinking cups in a 60-cavity mold at the show. Also exhibiting 58-ton HTK two platen machine with Siemens controls and models of 360 and 650 tons in HTW toggle line.

HASCO AMERICA INC.

Booth 9555

Introducing new line of hot-runner nozzles, manifolds, and temperature controls, all designed for fast delivery.

HEATLOCK AB

Booth 10546 (Exhibiting w/Die Mold Supply)

Unveiling range of bolt-on hot-halves and Platform-30 nozzles that are said to give excellent heat distribution for easier start-ups. Flow channels up to 6 nun permit shot weights to 350 g with commodity resins. Max. diam. of 30 mm and suited to tighter pitch applications. Hot-tip configuration is available.

HEKUMA

Booth 291

Demonstrating new high-speed in-mold labeling cell featuring a new automated labeling device and new Hell-U 1700 clean-room robot with fast linear servo drive. It will be operating on a Ferromatik Milacron Europe K-Tec 155 5 press, which will produce four PP thin-wall containers in a 3.5-sec cycle.

HETTINGA TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Booth 618

Manufactures single-station and multistation low-pressure injection molding systems in a variety of configurations, including free-standing, linear track, and rotary-table designs, for medium to large parts production (shot capacities from 5 to 221 lb).

HILMA DIV., CARR LANE ROEMHELD

Booth 13104

Unveiling the Magnetic Mold Clamp System 130 for horizontal or vertical presses. Also showing hydraulic and mechanical mold-change systems and a quick-mold-change system.

HIMACO HIDRAULICOS E MAQUINAS LTDA.

Booth 8326

Brazilian injection-machine builder will demonstrate a 130-ton five-point toggle press with PLC control, shot capacity of 600 g, tiebar spacing of 400 x 400 mm.

H.I.-SUHLING TECH CORP.

Booth 12716

Manufactures high-speed take-out systems and builds high-speed packaging machines for optical media.

HPM DIV., TAYLOR'S INDUSTRIAL SERVICES LLC

Booth 5507

Rolling out Freedom Rotator WP hydromechanical two-platen machine. Its movable platen rotates 1800 for insert molding. An 1100-ten model will be shown. The unit uses Siemens PC-based Total Command TC03 control system and is said to trim cycle times 30-35%. Also introducing Freedom Hybrid l100-WP with an electric screw drive, and GP Plus Series toggle presses represented by a 320-ton model. The GP Plus has more sizes (90 to 900 tons) than the former GP Series and has two pumps rather than one to permit simultaneous functions. It also has improved toggle design and Barber-Colman Command 4000 controls with 10-stage, closed-loop injection-speed profiling.

HRSFLOW HOTRUNNER TECHNOLOGY

Booth 7137

Italian firm introducing Fail-Safe System for manifolds and nozzles, consisting of an additional set of heaters and thermocouples plus special sealing methods to maintain uninterrupted production. Also showing a very thin coinjection nozzle and various hot-half designs.

HULL/FINMAC INC.

Booth 1318

Highlighting Sesame micro-injection molding machine designed by Medical Murray and built by Hull that will mold very small LSR medical parts at the show.

HUNKAR LABORATORIES INC.

Booth 3028

Introducing DAC-V injection-machine control and Hydro-Jet 25-gpm servo valve with dirt tolerance so high that it now requires no null adjustment and will pass 130-micron particles without failure.

HUSKY INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEMS

Booth 1870

Introducing a new line of hot-runner products. Newly expanded Pronto line of hot runners includes 2T and 4N manifold shapes. Showing capabilities of its Hylectric hybrid-electric machines. New Automated Systems Team will provide expertise on complete system solutions, and Factory Planning Team will take customers on a "virtual audit" of a typical molding facility.

ILLINOIS PRECISION CORP. (IPC)

Booth 6020

Supplies rotary insert molding machines, along with tooling and part design. Two machines will be running at the show.

INCOE CORP.

Booth 4716

Unveiling "integrated" hot-runner systems that permit routine maintenance without removal from the molding machine, as well as simple interchangeability of mold with hot-runner systems. Also showing new unitized hydraulic hot-runner system designed as a drop-in, completely wired approach that requires no retainer plates. Also showing DFS standard four-drop manifold system.

INDUCTAMETALS, LP

Booth 8445

Supplies wear-resistant barrels for corrosive or abrasive materials.

INSOL INC.

Booth 7343

Supplies automation systems based on parts-removal robots from Ichikoh Engineering in Japan and builds custom end-of-arm-tooling.

INTERNATIONAL TEMPERATURE CONTROL, INC.

Booth 10925

Supplies temperature controls and accessories for hot-runner molds.

J TECH HOT RUNNER INC.

Booth 12551

Introducing a valve-gate system that leaves no gate vestige. Also showing other hot runner nozzles, valve gates, and manifolds.

JDV PRODUCTS, INC.

Booth 4305

Supplies Vessel-brand gate-cutting air nippers and blades, end-of-arm tooling, chucking parts, static-charge eliminators and hand cutters.

JINHWA MACHINERY CO., LTD

Booth 9060

Korean manufacturer of injection machines is introducing EH series hybrid-electric presses. Also showing a molding cell with a mold, robot, chiller, hopper dryer, and hopper loader.

JSW PLASTICS MACHINERY INC.

Booth 1576

Operating two 200-ton models in the J200-ELIII line of high-speed all-electric machines. One model will produce drinking cups in a 12-cavity mold with less than a 3-sec cycle, while the second will produce an electrical or automotive part using the MuCell microcellular foam process.

KAWAGUCHI INC.

Booth 1262

Showing EXE 50 and KXE 180 all-electric toggle presses.

KISTLER INSTRUMENT CORP.

Booth 918

Showing cavity-pressure sensors and controls, as well as software for quality improvement.

KORTEC INC.

Booth 6352

Introducing 72-cavity coinjection system for multi-layer PET preforms using a 300-ton Husky press. Providing details on new 144-cavity system for multi-layer preforms for carbonated soft drinks and 128-cavity system for wide-mouth (43-mm) bottles.

KOSMEK USA LTD.

Booth 842

Supplies quick-mold change systems.

KRAUSS-MAFFEI CORP.

Booth 2002

Introducing Eltec hybrid-electric machine in a 110-ton model running LSR. Also making its debut: 200-ton Revolution series multi-component press with opposing injection units and a rotary stack mold. Also showing KM 80 C2 multi-component machine with new bolt-on second injection unit. Also showing KM 450 C3 unit running a 144-cavity stack mold and KM 150 C2 press running water-injection technology. Also introducing a new line of robots. On display will be a high-speed robot, a multi-axis robot, and a traditional linear robot interfaced with a K-M machine control.

LG INTERNATIONAL (AMERICA) INC.

Booth 1085

Unveiling the LGE all-electric series of 85 to 350 tons. A 120-tonner will be at the show. Also showing 280-ton Goldstar H hydraulic press and 720-ton Goldstar M two-platen model, both producing parts.

L.K. MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 9164

Taiwanese supplier of horizontal toggle injection presses from 88 to 495 tons.

LIEN FA INJECTION MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 7325 (Exhibiting w/Taiwan Trade Center)

Taiwanese firm builds hydromechanical two-platen machines (800 to 2500 tons), toggle presses (80 to 270 tons, with or without accumulator), fully hydraulic models (30 to 700 tons), and hydromechanical PET preform machines (130 to 370 tons).

MANNER INTERNATIONAL IP

Booth 5175

Showing M-Form hot-runner systems, including MHS valve gate capable of operating at up to 450 F. It has self-contained pneumatic actuation and a sealing surface isolated from thermal contact with the mold.

MAPLAN

Booth 11036 (Exhibiting w/Austrian Trade Commission)

Austrian firm builds vertical rubber injection presses with FIFO direct screw injection or screw/ram injection and fully hydraulic, hydromechanical, or C-frame clamps.

MCP EQUIPMENT/TOMKEN TOOL AND ENGINEERING

Booth 10424

Will demonstrate capabilities of MCP 12/90 series 9-ton molding machines. Also showing moldmaking capabilities and introducing new service as a custom injection molder.

MEDICAL MURRAY

See Hull/Finmac.

MEIKI AMERICA CORP.

Booth 5768

Exhibiting new Nadem1500II-DM 165-ton hybrid-electric machine with hydromechanical clamp. Will produce a thin film part that demonstrates machine flexibility and precision.

MEISEI AMERICA

Booth 8309

Showing a machine nozzle that eliminates stringing and drooling.

MELT DESIGN INC.

Booth 6112

Introducing valve-gate hot-runner systems with a valve pin that is adjustable through the back of the mold. Also showing bolt-on hot-runner systems with integrated mold plates, offered completely assembled, prewired, and tested.

MGS MANUFACTURING GROUP

Booth 2096

Showing 6-axis robot in an in-mold decorating cell utilizing four different films. Also showing multi-shot molding capability by producing a 3-shot medical valve and a business-card frame. Showing automation capabilities, including in-house development of end-of-arm-tooling and automatic degating.

MHI INJECTION MOLDING MACHINERY, INC.

Booth 177

Unveiling the em Series of hybrid-electric, two-platen machines of 720 to 1200 tons, featuring the latest MAC-VIII controls. A 1200-ton model will demonstrate high-speed molding. Also introducing MEt Series all-electric toggle presses (35 to 300 tons). A 55-ton model will mold an industrial part. Also demonstrating 390-ton ME all-electric machine.

MHS/MOLD HOTRUNNER SOLUTIONS INC.

Booth 12631

Recently merged with MHT Mold Hotrunner Technology. Company will introduce Rheo-Pro series hot-runner systems. Also showing high-cavitation turnkey hot halves, a prewired valve-gate system, nozzle components, and custom-engineered hot-runner systems.

MIGRANDY CORP.

Booth 10126

Supplies screws, barrels, tips, and mixers.

MILACRON INC.

Booths 1640, 1440, 3006

Providing information on new small Maxima two-platen machines in six sizes from 300 to 860 tons, three of them wide-platen models. Also introducing (though not showing) wide-platen 1125-ton Powerline all-electric machine and two larger models of Autojectors Evolution series vertical presses of 130 and 280 tons. New team of "application consulting engineers" will present information and video demonstrations of company's range of technology.

Ferromatik Milacron Europe will present two machines for the first time in the U.S. A 220-ton K-Tec 200 S machine with a special screw and electric screw drive will show high-speed production of cell-phone covers in a four-face turning-stack mold at the Foboha booth (4975). Also, high-speed in-mold labeling will be demonstrated on a 170-ton K-Tec 155 S press with a special screw and electric screw drive running at the Hekuma booth (291).

MINATECH INC.

Booth 10807

Supplies take-out robots and other automation for injection molding.

MINI-JECTOR MACHINERY CORP.

Booth 10923

Demonstrating new model 60 vertical-injection, horizontal-clamp press. Also demonstrating fast color changes on benchtop model 55.

MIR USA CORP.

Booth 1076

Unveiling Tomicon touchscreen machine controller and Atomic plant network, which uses a high-speed telephone cable to provide distributed intelligence to presses. It allows all control and management protocols for injection machines and peripheral equipment to be stored in a single central CPU. It also provides an internet link between all presses at the show and off-site technicians who will demonstrate remote troubleshooting, modifications to machine settings, and software transmission.

Also showing new E-power all-electric machine for PET preforms with a special mold that allows molding and cooling in the same tool. Also showing RMP 750 toggle press for high-speed molding; PVP 90 TR two-component, vertical, rotary-table insert machine; and MPOG 105 machine equipped for LSR molding.

MITSUBISHI

See MHI Injection Molding Machinery, Inc.

MOLDERS CHOICE INC.

Booth 9313

Introducing shut-off nozzle tip that converts any replaceable-tip nozzle to a shutoff. Also rolling out new nozzle insulation wrap. Also showing a mixing screw with heat-pipe technology.

MOLDFLOW CORP.

Booth 862

Introducing Moldflow Manufacturing Solutions (MMS) 1.0, a software package that combines the former Moldflow Plastics Expert (MPX) and Shotscope. It enhances functions from machine setup, process optimization, and process control to production and process monitoring, SPC, and production scheduling.

MOLD-MASTERS LTD.

Booth 5133

Introducing Master Series hot-runner line, which includes high-heat tips with corrosion-resistant coatings, removable manifold plugs, and new Conductive Infusion Coating (CIC) process, which is said to improve thermal uniformity. New MasterSpeed rapid-delivery program provides same day drawings for simple or complex hot runner systems.

MOOG INC.

Booth 2676

Introducing PowerShot Injection System that combines servo-electric and hydraulic technology in an energy-saving, cost-effective system for injection velocity; pressure, and position control, plastication backpressure control, and suckback. Designed for medium- to high-tonnage injection machines, it is a sealed, dosed-loop hydraulic actuator system that connects to the screw shaft and barrel housing. This "plug-and-play" package contains a Moog servo valve, new Moog Servo Controller System, gas accumulator, and a radial piston pump driven by an electric servo motor.

Also introducing MaxForce 887 Series electromechanical linear actuator for total axis control of large, high-performance electric machines. A servo drive is integrated with the ballscrew, roller screw, or other actuator. Also rolling out a new Digital Interface Valve, a hydraulic valve with microprocessor electronics and a CANopen fieldbus, designed to replace analog technology.

MOTOMAN INC.

Booth 4375

Bringing out the new high-rigidity DX1350 robot for degating/deburring. Also showing UP20-6 robot integrated with a new Merilab RovoR system for vision inspection of part dimensions. Also showing HM-10-700 SCARArobot and SV3 robotinhigh-speed part transfer with vision. Demonstrating MotoRail for high-speed tending of an injection machine.

NATIONAL TOOL & MANUFACTURING CO.

Booth 13024

Supplies multi-drop hot-runner manifold systems and valve-gate systems.

NEGRI BOSSI/SACMI

Booth 1815

Introducing Elma all-electric series (also called VE series) to North America Model VE 90(90 tons) will produce a nylon part in eight cavities and 15-sec cycle; VE 160 (160 tons) will mold PP packaging in 24 cavities and 5-sec cycle. Also demonstrating 930-ton Vector horizontal toggle press and Canbio 415-ton hydraulic-clamp model.

Italian parent firm Sacmi will demonstrate system for continuous compression molding of bottle caps at 1200/mm.

NETSTAL MACHINERY INC.

Booth 2632

Introducing 550-ton SynErgy 5000 press in a special package that optimizes plasticating and injection. Will be molding LLDPE 401 lid (4 in. diam.) for coffee can in 48 cavities. First U.S. showing of E-jet electric press for disc molding. A55-ton model will be running. Also showing SynErgy 110-ton model with a new process for thin-wall packaging using low-MFR resins. Use of stiffer materials reportedly permits downgauging.

NEW CASTLE INDUSTRIES

Booth 4739

Screw manufacturer will offer free design consultation on screws and process improvement.

NEW PACIFIC MACHINERY INC.

Booth 4139

U.S. representative of Taiwan-based injection molding machine supplier Multiplas. Showing 120-ton vertical-injection/vertical-clamp unit with rotary table, an 85-ton vertical damp C-frame shuttle press, and a 70-ton horizontal-injection/horizontal-clamp unit.

NICKERSON

Booth 1640 (Exhibiting w/Milacron)

Catalog distributor of MRO molding supplies.

NIIGATA PLASTIC MACHINERY/ DJK GLOBAL GROUP

Booth 2049

Introducing MD series Wall-electric machine with a larger shot capacity, available from 35 to 2000 tons. Models MD 385 54 and MD 110 S4 will be running. Will have information on new MDVR S4 vertical rotary servo press line from 35 to 165 tons. All these units use new S4 controller. MDS III presses of 35 tons will be used at the booths of Molding Automation Concepts/MAC (4971) and Serigraph (4589).

NISSEI AMERICA INC.

Booth 1449

Unveiling the Elject NEX all-electric series of up to 500 tons with a redesigned clamp, Ethernet capability, and a controller based on the NC9300 I. Demonstrating 500-ton NEX 8000-140-LE and NEX 2000-18E; NEX 4000-36E with new 9300T controller, producing a connector in a 3-sec cycle; and NEX 500-3ELM for LIM in a turnkey, all-electric cell for producing an electrical part. Also demonstrating a small electric press, model AU3E, and new 170-ton TD 150RE 36E all-electric, vertical, rotary-table (2-station) model with parting-line injection.

Also showing new AN1 series fast-cycle hydraulic presses. A 310-ton FN6000-100AN1 will produce thin-wall caps from PP. A 200-ton FN40005OAN1 with a new screw design and multiple variable-volume pumps will mold tamper-evident PE caps. It needs no accumulator or shutoff nozzle. Also demonstrating new NC-NET.PQ plant-management software.

NORTHERN SUPPLY CO., DIV. OF MILACRON INC.

Booth 1440 (Exhibiting w/D-M-E)

Stocks a wide variety of auxiliaries, components, replacement parts, and supplies.

NORTHWEST TECHNICAL INTEGRATORS, INC.

Booth 11320

Supplies the Mold-Rite 2100 family of PLC-based injection-machine control retrofit packages.

OSCO, INC.

Booth 6345

Supplies hot- and cold-spine bushings, and high-endurance nozzles for abrasive materials.

H.R. PAARVIO HANDEL & HOLDING

Booth 10626

Offers German-made screws, barrels, and nozzles.

PASCAL ENGINEERING, INC.

Booth 7346

Supplies mold-clamping and quick-mold-change systems.

PCS CO.

Booth 6328

Showing several examples of bolt-on hot-runner systems from Caco Technologies, including one with the mold-mounted Interactive Process Manager (1PM) temperature controller.

PLASDAN, LDA.

Booth 1018 (Exhibiting w/Portuguese Trade Commission)

Supplies components to convert standard injection machines for multi-component molding. Offers self-contained add-on injection units, rotary tables, and molds.

PLASTHING HOT RUNNER SYSTEMS INC.

Booth 845

Italian manufacturer of hot-runner systems will roll out a new generation of temperature controllers suited to run the firm's 24V internally heated bushings and most 2401480V systems. Also unveiling a single bushing with four independently controlled tips, where each tip has its own thermocouple and heat source that can be turned on and off. A hot-runner system and temperature controller will operate on a 55-ton Battenfeld machine producing acetal golf tees; will stop the press for 1 hr without producing degradation.

PLASTIC ENGINEERING & TECHNICAL SERVICES, INC. (P.E.T.S.)

Booth 9114

Introducing Ultra-Flow round hot-runner manifold system with improved heat transfer. Also unveiling new MicroManifold for small parts and new angled drops for complex tools. Also showing square hot-runner manifold system. Also offers manifold cleaning and repair services for all brands.

PLASTIC METAL SPA

Booth 4780

Italian supplier will demonstrate an 85-ton Unyka toggle press with gas assist. Providing information on the Unyka line of machines for general-purpose and multi-component molding, as well as the Dynamika line of high-speed toggle presses.

POLYSHOT CORP.

Booth 9820

Introducing VG-MS75 valve-gate system with air or hydraulic operation. Demonstrating a system on a Nissei electric HM7 micromolding press, producing micro-parts with 2-roil double edge gates. Showing nine Polyshot hot-runner systems, including manifolds, hot halves, heated sprue bushings, and multitip systems.

PRESMA CORR.

Booth 1895 (Exhibiting w/American Jet Stream Inc.)

Showing eight-station Roto HS/8/2BIC unit for coinjection, featuring 77-ton clamp and two coinjection groups that allow for alternating colors or materials.

PRIAMUS SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES AG

Booth 4295

Swiss firm is introducing PRIASED automatic sensor and sensitivity detection system for cavity-pressure sensors. A heat-resistant hardware code inside the sensor automatically detects the type of sensor and its sensitivity. Also introducing Priamus Tool Box, a portable process-analysis and monitoring software system that helps accomplish a standardized mold set-up on any injection press. The tool box includes the new Mobile DAQ or USB data-acquisition unit built for industrial environments. Also showing an enhanced version of Priamus Fill software for multi-cavity applications. It controls nozzle temperatures of a hot-runner system using cavity pressure sensors. Also showing Multi DAQ universal amplifier unit, a signal-conditioning device to monitor and control injection molding processes.

PROGRESS PRECISION, INC.

Booth 1640

(Exhibiting w/Milacorn Inc.)

Manufactures new and replacement single and twin screws using any base material and hard facing. Also refurbishes screws.

RANGER AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

Booth 3234

Introducing Value Series servo robots with fully teachable touchscreen pendant; SRS Series servo sprue pickers for high-speed, high-cavitation applications; Mold Editor off-line remote programming kit (a simulator of a robot touchscreen pendant); servo-arm robot with high-speed drive only on the vertical arm for cost savings; double-servo wrist option for end-of-arm-tooling; and Create-A-Mold Q&A tutorial system to help an operator set up a robot sequence for a mold. Also showing new multi-axis servo degater arm and dual-press robots on a single beam that spans two machines.

REMAK NORTH AMERICA, MEMBER OF THE KLOCKNER GROUP

Booth 832

Introducing RX51 robot with more rigid and stable design (available in a high-speed version) for injection presses up to 400 tons. Also showing RX5 sprue picker--"the fastest in the world"--and RX5 pickand-place robot with newly extended strip stroke (now 3-in, longer). Also showing RX 32 full-servo robot redesigned to operate in areas of low clearance. Also showing model RC6O, the company's largest standard robot.

RJG INC.

Booth 216

Supplies process controls, training, cayity-pressure instrumentation, and production control systems.

ROCHESTER PLASTIC MACHINERY INC.

Booth 5761

Builds custom injection molding machines.

SAILOR USA INC.

Booth 10350

Debut of the RZ-V series high-speed servo robot featuring 12-in. TFT color touch pendant, vibration-suppression controls, and voice guidance system. Also demonstratinganin-mold labeling system.

SANDRETTO USA INC.

Booth 638

Unveiling 165-ton unit in the new Mach3 line of high-speed hydraulic accumulator presses for packaging and closure applications. Introducing to the U.S. the Mega ES and ESD lines of large presses of 650 to 1650 tons, with toggle or hydraulic clamps. Mega ES (Energy Saving) models have a new injection unit design that minimizes heat losses. Mega ESD models have electric screw drive. Also operating a 100-ton NS model fully hydraulic press.

SARAC PLASTIC PROCESSING MACHINERY

Booth 13347

Turkish supplier of used and refurbished injection molding presses from a range of European makers.

SAS AUTOMATION LTD

Booths 3257, 10118

Introducing rotary tables for insert molding that provide positioning accuracy of 0.005 to 0.010 in. Also unveiling a Smart Logic Interface Board & J-Box for inputs from part or position sensors to PLCs. It minimizes wiring and enhances troubleshooting. Also introducing Quick Change Chuck-Lite that makes EOAT interchangeable between robots. Also demonstrating robots and CNC degating and deflashing equipment.

SCHOTTLI AG

Booth 11436

Manufactures turntables for multi-component stack molding. Also supplies hot-runner systems and machine-integrated mold components.

SEAL SCIENCE INC.

Booth 9450

Supplies accessories for injection molding processes, including vacuum and suction cups for robot end-of-arm-tooling.

SEFAR AMERICA INC.

Booth 7240

Supplies screen materials for use in insert molding. Introducing filter screens made of PEEK polymer designed for harsh chemical environments. Also offering PEEK filter fabrics in various configurations. Also showing synthetic and wire-mesh screens.

SEIKI SPEAR SYSTEM

Booth 4491

Introducing ESP series of hot-runner systems designed for engineering resins. Tip heater's life has been increased with new heater-wire material. System includes S2000 temperature controller.

SIEMENS ENERGY & AUTOMATION, INC.

Booth 5787

Introducing a control system for all-electric injection machines based on new Simotion motion controller with integrated logic and other functions, such as pressure and temperature control.

SODICK/YAMAZEN INC.

Booth 714

Introducing 5-ton model in the Eclipse line of hybrid-electric presses. Unit will produce lenses at the show. Also showing a 60-ton Eclipse model producing thin-wall pipettes in an 8-cavity mold.

SOFTLINE CORP.

Booth 8328

Swiss supplier of hot-runner manifold systems, nozzles, and tips. Also supplies in-mold lamination processes and stack-mold technology.

SOLID CONTROLS INC.

Booth 1260

Introducing SmartHeat multi-zone temperature controller. It's a low-cost unit with PID control and autotuning. Also rolling out new SmartSet total-control retrofit module with a larger LCD screen. Also showing Trailblazer mid-level control and Scoremaster Plus high-end control for large machines.

SPIREX CORP.

Booth 1045

First-time demonstration of new Twin-Shot coinjection technology using a conventional single-barrel machine. Also showing new Plasticating Process Optimization service for any injection machine. Also showing screws, barrels, valves, end caps, nozzles, and nozzle tips.

STAR AUTOMATION INC.

Booth 9110

Introducing model 470 robot controller featuring a larger screen, remote vacuum-adjustment capability, and other upgrades. wILL be demonstrated on a TW-1500V three-axis servo robot. Also unveiling a T-600V three-axis servo robot with a new, lower-cost basic 360 controller. Also showing new mold-trackmg software on a TW-1200V telescoping-arm, 6-axis servo robot. Also showing two sprue pickers-model XQ-800FIII (800-mm stroke) and XQ-600FCm (600mm stroke)--with wrist motion. Showing an NP-800G robot with induction motor for traversing and pneumatic cylinders for other axes. Also showing NPW 1000G robot with 1000-mm stroke and a TW-800V all-servo robot.

STAUBLI CORP.

Booth 2576

Supplies quick-mold-change clamps and couplings. Also supplies jointed-arm robots for industrial and cleanroom automation.

STECA S.A.

Booth 12427

French company makes machines for PET preforms with up to 32 cavities.

STERLING INC.

Booth 1415

Introducing the economical SR-SB series servo robots. Also showing SRV-201 and SRXII-600 servo robots, and SRYS and SR-ST sprue pickers.

SUHLING TECHNIK

See H.I.-Suhling Tech.

SUMITOMO PLASTICS-MACHINERY

Booth 1491

Introducing to the North American market SR series direct-drive, all-electric, vertical-clamp units in a range from 20 to 110 tons. An SR 50 (55 tons) will demonstrate insert molding. A new smaller model in the SED line of all-electric horizontal machines, the SE18D (20 tons), will do medical micro-molding with precision injection molder Makuta Technics, Columbus, Ind. Also showing SED 33-ton and 110-ton models, and an SElSOD (198 ton) will demonstrate gas-assist molding in the booth of Cinpres Gas Injection (5980). Also showing a 380-ton SES horizontal electric model.

SURFACE ENGINEERING & ALLOY CO., INC.

Booth 7215

Supplies wear-resistant coatings for screws. Offering new guarantee to "double the life" of any feed screw. Will have two test areas for visitors to compare CPM9V and D2 tool steel to the firm's XC1000 and XC1000Ni carbide coatings.

SYNVENTIVE MOLDING SOLUTIONS

Booth 1038

Unveiling new pairing of Dynamic Feed (DF) system and Multizone (MZ) manifolds, which are heated on both sides. Demonstrating a complete DF system on an all-electric press from Milacron. Also demonstrating new Moldflow process simulation of the DF system. Also introducing a quality-control solution that combines a DF system with an RJG eDART process controller.

TECHNOIET MACHINERY CORP.

Booth 4046

Introducing easy-maintenance upgrades to Heitec "skinny" hot-runner nozzles. New features include field-replaceable heaters, thermocouples, tips, and seal rings.

TECNOMAGNETE

Booth 116

Supplies permanent electromagnetic quick-change mold-clamping systems.

THERMETIC PRODUCTS INC.

Booth 9340

Supplier of mini coil heater to the hot-runner industry.

THIXOMAT INC.

Booth 7113

Displaying a 36-in. tv frame--the largest commercial part currently produced using the Thixomolding magnesium-alloy injection molding process.

TOOLING PREFORM SYSTEMS B.V.

Booth 7415 (Exhibiting w/Tool Tech B.V.)

Dutch supplier will show latest version of four-stage preform take-out robot.

TOSHIBA MACHINE CO. AMERICA

Booth 1676

Introducing EON line of linear-servo all-electric presses with higher speed and precision. Demonstrating LSR micro-molding on EC5N 5-ton electric press. An EC85N (85 tons) will also run LSR. A 240-ton EC24ON unit with a second injection unit (from MGS) mounted vertically will produce a two-material cap and closure. A 390-ton EC39ON will mold an airline tray using a vacuum line that draws gas out of the tip to improve molding. Will also show new iPaquet monitoring system for up to 24 machines.

TOYO/MARUKA

Booth 1091

Introducing 750-ton Plastar Si all-electric model, the largest in the series. It has the new PLCS-10 controller and will demonstrate the ease of integration of auxiliaries such as a Wittmann robot. Also demonstrating a Plastar Si 150 model with a Yushin robot and a TT 90 HR2 vertical, rotary, two-station press with a Wittmann robot.

TREXEL, INC.

Booth 3038

Trexel licenses the patented MuCell microcellular foam process. Relatively new injection-unit conversion module (built by Spirex) makes a standard machine MuCell-capable.

UBE MACHINERY INC.

Booth 2086

Unveiling the Ultima UN hydraulic press series with wide platens and larger tiebar spacing, in a range from 500 to 1500 tons. A 1000-ton model will be operating with new controls from Mitsubishi. Also introducing 720-ton, high-speed Ultima UN all-electric press for packaging. Will demonstrate Imprest in-mold painting technique on an Ultima UN 385-ton press and will show motorcycle side cover made with the process.

VAN DORN DEMAG CORP.

See Demag Plastics Group.

VENTAX ROBOT INC.

Booth 9813

Showing new Viper top- and side-entry servo robots that have a jointed arm and rail-mounted traverse. Also showing full line of modular robots.

VISTAR MACHINERY INTERNATIONAL INC.

Booth 7019

Supplies Korean-built Hydra Quad (HQ) two-platen presses of both fully hydraulic and hydromechanical designs. Also makes MP line of horizontal toggle machines and electric-hydraulic hybrid presses.

WALL COLMONOY CORP.

Booth 13449

Produces Colmonoy hard-facing alloys for screws and barrels.

WESTERN FEED SCREW

Booth 10324 (Exhibiting w/Romax)

Supplies new and rebuilt screws and barrels.

WESTLAND CORP.

Booth 4733

Introducing Eagle mixing nozzle that addresses short-run color-mixing needs by utilizing dispersive and distributive mixing with minimal pressure drop and rapid conveying.

WEXCO CORP.

Booth 3011

Manufactures bimetallic cylinders for OEM and aftermarket applications.

WILMINGTON MACHINERY

Booth 2870

Introducing Lumina E low-pressure injection machine for gas-assist or structural-foam molding. Will exhibit a 400-ton model, the first in the line, and plans to develop a 600-ton model.

WINDSOR FEEDSCREWS INC.

Booth 10226

Builds and repairs screws, tips, nozzles, and bimetallic barrels.

WITTMANN INC.

Booth 1049

Introducing Compact series robots with self-contained microprocessor control in the beam. Also showing traversing robots with new Vibratory Stability control. Also showing new high-speed sprue picker, and new high-speed side-entry robots. Showing robots with advanced programming capability and teach pendant control.

XALOY INC.

Booth 1425

Showing improved Evolution two-stage injection system that's said to deliver a better-mixed, lower-temperature melt through a new screw design. Also introducing Melt Master barrier screw-that reportedly provides 20-35% more melting capacity than earlier designs.

YEAR-CHANCE MACHINERY CO., LTD.

Booth 7525 (Exhibiting w/Taiwan Trade Center)

Builds horizontal toggle injection presses for thermoplastics and thermosets from 50 to 2000 tons.

YUDO INC.

Booth 7335

Supplies hot runner systems, valve gates, complete hot halves, temperature controllers, and stack-mold technology.

YUH DAK MACHINERY CO., LTD.

Booth 7225 (Exhibiting w/Taiwan Trade Center)

Supplies vertical-clamp injection machines of 15 to 200 tons with vertical and/or horizontal injection. Shuttle-table and turntable models available. Applications include thermoplastics, thermosets, shoe soles, and insert molding.

YUSHIN AMERICA, INC.

Booth 2093

Introducing PC-based robot controller based on Windows XP. Ethernet and Internet connections allow for remote maintenance and provide access to set-up and production notes for each job. Also introducing ultra-high-speed robot with linear servo drive that increases speeds by 15-20%.

Introducing VS Series low-cost (20% savings) all-servo robot for simple applications on small and medium-sized machines. Also brand-new is VNR low-profile robot for machines of 800 to 2000 tons.

New VNXII-1300SL-HS1.5 high-speed servo robot for machines of 800 to 2000 tons has extraction times of 1.57 sec. New N-HOP-G sprue picker with servo kick axis and pneumatic main arm allows remote setting of kick axis and saves settings for 15 molds. New HOPW sprue picker for machines of 40 to 200 tons is 0.2-0.4 sec faster than HOPIII model. Also showing new line of conveyors; new Moldmate robot-monitoring software; vision server for remote monitoring of work cells; and new financing source.

Will demonstrate lights-out cell integration of a molding press, Yushin traverse robot, and Motoman jointed-arm robot. The parts extractor hands off parts to the articulated robot for decorating, vision inspection, and packing. Mold-pressure sensing will allow the robots to segregate bad parts.

ZEIGER INDUSTRIES

Booth 7218

Introducing ZPM specialty screw said to provide superior mixing and melt quality. Also showing Mallard four-piece nonreturn valves, and Wexco bimetallic barrels.
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