More electrics and hybrids
Other all-electrics making their debut include the EX series from Krauss-Maffei that incorporates a compact "Z-Lever" clamp design that's said to be simpler than the one used on the previous Eltec hybrid line. The electric J-AD line from JSW delivers injection speed up to 800 mm/sec with a new high-speed option. The new Elion line from Netstal features a cam-like toggle clamp that shrinks the machine's overall size.
A new clamp design, an injection unit capable of long holding pressures, and all-digital servo control are part of the new MD-X series from Niigata, which will also present its wide-platen electric MD-W series. Several new, as yet undisclosed features will be found on the new ECNII series from Toshiba. Nissei will show a new Elject DCE electric press designed for two-color molding. JSW will bring both its newer J-AD electric models and established J-ELIII series.
Existing all-electric models that will receive a control or mechanical upgrade for improved performance and efficiency include the HTD series from Haitian, the Fanuc Roboshot press offered here by Milacron, Nissei's NEX series, and the V-alpha series from Victor/Fortune.
Arburg, Demag, Engel, Mitsubishi, and Ube will show established lines of all-electrics. Engel will demonstrate defect-free molding using an E-Motion all-electric press, new CC200 controller, and Decoupled Molding technology from RJG.
Hybrid presses that employ electromechanical, electro-hydraulic, or all-electric clamping will be presented by Dima, HPM, Husky, Meiki, DPG, Mitsubishi, and Plustech/Sodick. Hybrids that utilize electric drive only on the screw include the new Boy 55Ae machine.
News in hydraulic presses
NPE visitors will find that hydraulic press technology is far from standing still. Milacron will present its "Cube" technology for the first time, using a K-Tec press and four-sided rotary center-stack mold from Foboha. Nissei will demonstrate its new energy-saving XPump hydraulics on a FNX140 hybrid press. Arburg will introduce its new All-rounder C Golden Edition press line. And Engel will launch its Engel Speed toggle press for high-speed, thin-wall applications.
Among new two-platen units, Demag is showing Titan 1100- and 1500-ton models. Sandretto is bringing the Freedom HES, the result of a collaboration with its sister company, HPM. Krauss-Maffei will unveil its CX series. Battenfeld will present its upgraded HM series with higher injection pressures. Chen Hsong and Dima will also show hydraulic toggle and two-platen machines. New vertical machines include Boy's 55VV (vertical/vertical), Milacron's updated Magna V, and Toyo's all-electric ET-90HR4.
Small units will also be on display. A.B. Machinery will show its AB-400 floor-standing semi-automatic press for parts up to 0.5 oz. Miniature Plastic Molding will show its new "Wasp" Mini-Jector for small production runs of 100 pieces. Battenfeld will also demonstrate its Microsystem 50 press.
Lots of new names
Numerous European and Asian OEMs are coming to NPE to raise their profile in North America. They include Borch Machinery (represented by Norwell Plastics) Ningbo Huare, Zhangjiang Huafeng, and Zhejiang Sound from China; L.K. Machinery (represented by Quantum Machinery International) and Welltec from Hong Kong; Asian Plastic Machinery, Chuan Li Fa, Huarong, and Multiplas (represented by New Pacific) of Taiwan; Luxber of Spain; Presma of Italy; and IMG Plastec, a German/Polish supplier of machines built in the Far East.
In addition, Dekuma and Desma of Germany, Rep of France, and Sungjin of Korea will display rubber injection presses in the Rubber/TPE Pavilion, which is making its first appearance at this show.
In PET preform machinery developments, Netstal will premiere its new Pet-Line 6000-6600R with a 192-cavity mold that can put out 90,000 preforms/hr. Other suppliers of preform systems at the show include Luxber and IMG Plastec.
News in structural foam comes from Wilmington machinery, whose Lumina LP (Large Platen) Series features new Versafil independent nozzle control for sequential filling. The company will also present information on a new two-platen hybrid concept called NextGen for large solid and foamed parts that reportedly eliminates material degradation and improves melt uniformity.
Innovation in hot runners
The news in hot runners appears to focus on valve gates. At least two suppliers of hot-runner systems--Ewikon and Heitec (represented by Technoject)--will unveil new actuation systems that move every valve-gate needle pin simultaneously. Incoe's new Control Gate applies an economical combination of pneumatics and a spring loading to operate the valve. Other new valve-gate components will be presented from HRSFlow, D-M-E, Manner, Mastip, MHS, Mold-Masters, Osco, Polyshot, PSG, Seiki, Softline, Spear, and Yudo.
New multi-tip systems will debut from Gunther and Mold-Masters for small parts. Hasco will also show a new multi-tip system featuring a new tip-seal technology that uses a sealing cap from a special plastic.
New hot-runner temperature controls will be announced by Fast Heat, Gammaflux, and Moldflow. ALBA Enterprises and Athena Controls are showing new junction boxes that ease hot-runner wrong.
New top-entry traversing, gantry and beam style robots are achieving ever higher speeds. Look for new models from Automated Assemblies, CBW, Conair, Hyrobotics, Kawaguchi, Sailor, and Wittmann. New side-entry models will be shown by Ilsemann and Yushin, and sprue pickers by Sailor. Logic One is showing retrofit controls that can boost the speed and repeatability of older pneumatic robots with electric inverter motors at lower cost than servos. SAS has new replaceable EOAT for pickers and "programmable" tooling for gantry robots that changes the positions of the suction cups for different jobs.
The trend toward using more sophisticated articulating-arm robots with five or six axes (or more) to add secondary operations to machine tending is evident in exhibits by ABB, Hekuma, Kuka, Motoman, and Staubli. Motoman gives a new look to robots with a model that has two arms that can function in a human-like manner. Hekuma will show the X-flex system from Animex of Sweden. It allows one robot to tend interchangeable modules for secondary operations. And Kuka is offering a new software package of injection molding functions that eases robot integration with injection machines from 100 to 6000 tons.
A particular focus of robotic automation is in-mold labeling and decorating (IML, IMD). Several press makers, such as Demag, Engel, Fortune, Husky, Krauss-Maffei, and Netstal will demonstrate IML/IMD applications. Equipment developments for IML/IMD automation will also be shown by CBW, Haug, Ilsemann, Imdecol, Integrated Technologies, Ion Industrial, and Simco. (See also Decorating & Finishing section.) And Ube Machinery will present the latest results obtained with its new Imprest in-mold painting technology.
There will also be new vision systems for part or mold monitoring from Automated Assemblies, Avalon, Comet Automation, and Logic One.
Include molding machines, controls, robots, QMC systems, and hot-runner components. New developments appear in boldface type.
Introducing AB-400 floor-standing semi-automatic injection machine with 5-ton clamp and two-stage injection capable of up to 12,000 psi and 0.5-oz shot size.
ABB INC., ROBOTICS, AUTOMOTIVE AND MANUFACTURING GROUP
Introducing IRM 6650 top-mounted robot for loading/unloading injection molding machines. Also showing newest RobotWare-Plastics software that shortens robot programming time up to 50% with a seven-step wizard. Also showing new X-flex modular automation system from Animex of Sweden, an automation integrator.
Offers sprue pickers, traversing robots, end-of-arm-tooling, and downstream automation.
ALBA ENTERPRISES INC.
Booths 4003, 4297
Showing new F series nozzles and quick -delivery manifolds. Also offering new Alba cold-runner systems and new Time Saver terminal boxes. Showing Thermoplay hot-runner systems, Vega hydraulic cylinders, and mold components.
Booth 9962 (Exhibiting with ABB Robotics)
Swedish automation integrator is introducing X-flex modular automation system in partnership with ABB Robotics. Offered here by Actus Automation, X-flex consists of wedge-shaped modules for individual secondary operations that are served by a parts-removal robot. Modules can be quickly added or removed.
Introducing Allrounder C Golden Edition machine developed to celebrate company's 50th anniversary. A 44-ton Allrounder 470 C will mold medical devices at the show. Also presenting new 14-ton Allrounder 175 V vertical press with fixed mold table for insert molding.
Demonstrating application diversity of Allrounder A electric machine series with four machines: A 100-ton Allrounder 420A will produce thin-walled cups in a 2.3-sec cycle. An 88-ton Allrounder 420A will mold a two-component ice scraper of LSR and PC. A 220-ten Allrounder 570A will demonstrate cleanroom molding of syringes in a 48-cavity tool on a 12-sec cycle. A 55-ton Allrounder 320A will mold LSR wire insulators in a 144-cavity mold.
Also molding small, high-precision parts on two Allrounder U models. Demonstrating larger, fully hydraulic Allrounder S series: A 275-ton Allrounder 630S will mold a table-tennis bat in a two-component, hard/soft application, while a 500-ton Allrounder 820S will mold ABS briefcase shells.
Introducing Sigma2 DIN rail-mount PAC controller and I/O modules designed to control an entire molding machine. Includes PID auto-tune temperature control and sequence logic. Also showing data-acquisition systems.
ASIAN PLASTIC AMERICAN INC.
See Asian Plastic Machinery Co.
ASIAN PLASTIC MACHINERY CO. LTD.
Taiwanese supplier of all-electric and hydraulic toggle and two-platen machines.
Introducing prewired 5-, 8-, or 12-zone mold junction box to speed hot-runner wiring.
ATI INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION
Develops automation such as tool changers, and robotic collision sensors.
Offers German-designed robot end-of-the-arm tooling made from off-the-shelf components; also training classes for building EOAT.
AUTOMATED ASSEMBLIES CORP.
Introducing Raptor 3000-HP top-entry robot available in single and double vertical-arm configurations for machines from 200 to 800 tons. It has 0.5-sec takeout time and 22-1b payload capacity. Introducing latest Raptor Vision software for product detection and inspection, which communicates with the Raptor controller via internet connection.
AVALON VISION SOLUTIONS
Supplies machine vision for industrial applications such as quality inspection, process monitoring, and mold protection.
Booths 9249, 9252
Canadian firm will show applications of articulated-arm robots in handling parts and inserts.
BATTENFELD OF AMERICA
Introducing 28-ton and 450-ton models in HM two-platen series. Recent upgrades to HM line raise injection pressures to 42,630 psi and injection speeds to 300 mm/sec. Demonstrating 450-ton HM 400/2250 with a Unirob RS10 robot and Unilog B4 control. The 28-ton HM 25/130 will produce acetal double cogwheel in a four-cavity mold and 8-sec cycle. Also showing a TM 100/525 hydraulic toggle press molding a PC flashlight reflector in a 10-sec cycle and a Microsystem 50 molding a 0.005-g bio-absorbable vascular clamp with a 0.4-mm wall.
BAUER COMPRESSORS/ BAUER PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY GROUP
Offering complete turnkey gas-assist setups for single presses or plant-wide systems. Supplies nitrogen generation systems, gas compressors, gas injection nozzles, in-article gas pins, and other accessories.
BEAUMONT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Introducing latest version of 5 Step Process software for mold-balance analysis and filling diagnostics. Has improved graphics and additional layouts of 4 to 64 cavities. Also showing Melt Flipper melt-rotation device to solve unbalanced filling in multicavity molds.
BOY MACHINES INC.
Introducing Boy 55Ae 60-ton machine with servo-electric screw and eject-on-the-fly function achieved with a double-pump hydraulic system. Also introducing Boy 55W 60-ton vertical-injection/vertical-clamp machine for insert molding. Will be shown with a Staubli six-axis TX 60 robot as part of an automated molding cell.
CAE SERVICES CORP.
Showing Mold-Vac mold-evacuation system.
CANADIAN FEED SCREW MFG. LTD.
Manufactures standard and custom screws and barrels for injection and extrusion machinery. Offers a wide range of replacement screws.
CANTERBURY ENGINEERING CO.
Manufactures screws, tips, barrels, and check valves.
Introducing TP-2006 top-entry robot with new wrist mechanism. Also unveiling in-mold labeling technology through a visual presentation. Demonstrating model MR-103 side-entry, high-speed robot for small presses. Also exhibiting model L-790 lid stacking system with stack accumulation.
CENTERLINE AUTOMATION SERVICES, INC.
Repairs, services, and upgrades many brands of injection molding robots.
CHEN HSONG GROUP
Taiwanese firm offers Supermaster line of two-platen horizontal toggle presses, Jetmaster toggle and hydraulic presses, and Chen Pet machines for PET preforms.
CHUAN LIH FA MACHINERY WORKS CO. LTD.
Booth 270 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)
Taiwanese firm supplies CLF-T line of horizontal toggle presses from 80 to 3500 tons.
See Milacron Inc.
CINPRES GAS INJECTION INC.
Introducing gas-dosing station and gas-assist nozzle. Also showing an improved nitrogen-generation system.
Booth 4798 (Exhibiting with Syn-Genuity Sourcing)
Makes check rings and non-return valves.
COMET AUTOMATION SYSTEMS
Unveiling PE-300 mold-monitoring vision system for mold protection and parts inspection. Can see small parts and part details (flash, non-fills, contamination) in 0.03 sec. Features new hand-held mold monitor and new 6.5-in. screen pendant, with enhanced resolution. New repeat-ejection command instructs machine to try again to eject part before sending an audible alarm. (Also being exhibited at Haitian, Sumitomo, and Toyo booths.)
Unveiling larger models of Axess Series top-entry beam robots with new touchscreen control. New Axess 10, 20, and 30 models have payload capacities from 6.6 to 26.4 lb. "Y-Free" function allows for programmed release of the strip-axis motor for load-free ejector tracking. Also showing interactive display of PET preform molding technology.
CONFORMA CLAD INC.
Showing hard facing to extend service life of injection check valves, valve seats, nozzles, screws, and barrel liners.
CRUCIBLE SERVICE CENTERS
Supplies Crucible Particle Metallurgy (CPM) products as hard facings for screws, barrels, and non-return valves.
Supplies vertical-clamp, vertical-injection rubber presses of 120 to 1200 metric tons, designed in Germany and built in Hong Kong.
DEMAG PLASTICS GROUP
First North American showing of two new models of Titan large two-platen presses. A 1500-tonner will produce a Roush Racing F-150 front spoiler, using a Kuka 6-axis robot for part removal and secondary operations. New 1100-ton Titan with Multiplug add-on injection unit will mold a multi-component auto part. Also first North American showing of in-mold labeling of a container and lid on a 165-ton El-Exis hybrid. Showing 615-ton El-Exis hybrid molding a PP dipping-sauce container in a 2x24 stack mold on a 4-sec cycle. First North American showing of 385-ton IntElect all-electric machine, molding PP rear valance for the Roush Racing Mustang in 70 sec. A 110-ton Multi will mold a magnifying glass with a mechanical hinge using PC and nylon.
Other Demag presses will be demonstrated at booths of SPI (molding Plastic Fantastic Works robot), Spirex (Twinshot coinjection), Bauer Plastics Technology (gas assist), and Syscon-PlantStar (plantwide communications).
Booth 5139 (Exhibiting in Rubber/TPE Pavilion)
Makes rubber injection machines in single-station and rotary-table configurations with vertical and horizontal clamps.
DIAMOND AMERICA CORP.
Manufactures screws and barrels, rebuilds screws, and relines barrels.
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.
Offers DMH line of hydromechanical two-platen presses, DMT hydraulic toggles, and Hytoggle electric models.
Booths 1702, 1715 (Exhibiting with Milacron Inc.)
Will showcase several new hot-runner products and mold components.
Showing newest Ringelflow and Maxiflow "cashew gate" components for rear-surface gating.
R. DRAY MFG. INC. OF TEXAS
Introducing a barrier screw design, APV series mixing valves, and interlocking valves. Also showing injection screws, barrels, and other non-return valves, as well as video of patented ICU injection unit.
Supplies a micro-scale (2.5 to 15 cc) injection molder for lab testing of small amounts of new materials.
DURATHERM PROCESSING SYSTEMS
Makes runnerless mold components.
DYNAMIC METAL TREATING INC.
Offers metal treating services for hardening screws and barrels.
EAS MOLD & DIE CHANGE SYSTEM INC.
Showing magnetic quick-change mold-clamping system with new mechanical safety device to prevent molds from falling. Also offers quick-change hydraulic ejector couplings.
Introducing Engel Duo Combi M multi-component molding technology for large-area parts with internal molded-in seals or gaskets. Duo 1650 Combi M US machine will mold a two-color automotive sunroof panel with Glazemelt technology. Also molding two-component LSR/PBT part on an all-electric Engel E-Motion 110 Combi US model. Unveiling Engel Speed line of fast-cycling hydraulic toggle machines. A 300/55 US model will produce a PP dessert cup in six cavities in 2.7 sec, and a Speed 300/70 model will mold and in-mold label a PP stadium cup in four cavities. A Speed machine in the booth of Top Grade Molds will also demonstrate in-mold decorating.
Also showing E-Motion 200 T all-electric machine with patented X-Melt high-speed injection technology. It will mold a beverage container with 0.0065-in. wall in six cavities, said to be impossible with conventional high-speed machines. Also demonstrating defect-free molding of complex gears on E-Motion 60-ton electric press with new CC200 controller and Decoupled Molding Technology from RJG. Engel is the first machine builder to support RJG's Decoupled concept with special screen displays embedded in the control logic. Gear molding cell (a joint display with molder Winzeler Gear) includes automated inspection and assembly.
Rebuilds and modifies injection presses and other machines. Designs and builds special machinery and can provide injection-unit resizing or conversion to a multi-shot system.
Supplies injection screws, screw tips, nozzles, and plastication units.
EWIKON HOTRUNNER SYSTEMS OF AMERICA INC.
Unveiling electric-drive valve-gate nozzle, to be demonstrated on a Toshiba all-electric machine. Also introducing Ecomodul series hot-runner system designed for easier installation. Presenting new Basic line of hot-runner nozzles for a broad range of resins. Unveiling valve-gate system that closes all valve pins with a synchronized drive plate. Also showing HPS-C TS hot-runner controller and entire range of 240V, externally heated HPS III hot-runner systems.
EXTREME COATINGS, DIV. OF SURFACE ENGINEERING & ALLOY
Introducing Ni Boride nickel boride coating for abrasion resistance and lubricity on screws and tips.
FAST 4M TOOLING
Introducing aluminum and steel laminated prototype and production tooling with conformal cooling/heating channels said to reduce cycle times up to 50% while improving part quality. Also demonstrating thermal imaging of parts and tooling to design conformal heating/cooling lines for faster cycles.
FAST HEAT INC.
Introducing Pulse Waterfall technology for Pulse hot-runner controller. It regulates load and peak power usage of a hot runner system to reduce energy cost. Also showing its Precision valve-gate series.
FERROMATIK MILACRON EUROPE
See Milacron Inc.
FLUID AUTOMATION INC.
Offers meter-mix equipment for liquid silicone rubber. Displaying LSR injection nozzles, material pressure regulators, material filter pack, and shutoff valves.
FORTUNE INTERNATIONAL INC.
Running VS 130 injection machine with in-mold labeling.
Supplies gas-injection nozzles, gas generators, controls, and other components for gas- and water-assist molding.
Italian sister company of Negri Bossi supplies articulating-arm robots for parts removal and handling.
Introducing two-zone LED controller for small hot-runner systems such as single-cavity molds. Also introducing upgraded hot-runner control with temperature adjustment in 0.1[degrees] increments for finer control. Also unveiling a new mold identification capability for its TTC hot-runner controls whereby the mold and its operating parameters are automatically identified by the controller. Up to 63 molds can be connected to a single controller. New network module allows users to link 6- or 12-zone systems together for up to 24 zones of control.
Showing new Smartbarrel mechanical wear measurement for screws and barrels that does not require removing the screw. Also unveiling Flitescan continuous wear monitoring for screws while in operation. Also rolling out new Hurricane family of feedscrews, with new patented mixing section that maximizes chaotic mixing while also being self-cleaning. Also showing more screws, non-return valves, barrels, and field service programs.
GREENWOOD TECHNOLOGY INC.
No information at press time.
GUNTHER HOT RUNNER SYSTEMS
Introducing special valve gate system for automotive lenses that uses a replaceable gate insert to eliminate gate wear. Also presenting new Multi-Tip edge-gate nozzle for small medical parts. Also showing hot-runner systems and controls for micromolding, two-shot molding, and engineered materials.
HAITIAN MACHINERY CO.
Unveiling updated HTD all-electric toggle presses in 100- and 400-ton models. Also displaying HTK two-platen (1200-ton) model and HTW toggle (300-ton) press. Also offers HTH series high-speed machine.
HASCO AMERICA INC.
Introducing compound clamping plate for heat insulation of molds, consisting of an insulating sheet bonded between two steel plates. Also introducing Multi Shot Z10325 multi-nozzle concept with new direct tip-seal technology. Each tip has a sealing cap made from a special plastic called MurSeal. Also showing hot-runner nozzles, manifolds, and temperature controls.
HAUG NORTH AMERICA
Supplies electrostatic charging systems for in-mold labeling.
Offers robots and automation systems for molding operations. Has experience in in-mold labeling, insert loading, and cleanroom and stack-mold operations.
HFA HARVARD FACTORY AUTOMATION
Introducing wire-mesh robot guards with operator access doors that have a safety interlock switch (standard) tied into the robot or press.
HILMA DIV. OF CARR LANE ROEMHELD
Offers magnetic quick mold-clamping system as well as hydraulic or mechanical mold-change systems.
HPM, A TAYLOR'S COMPANY
Booth 2115, 2127
Celebrating 130 years in existence, produces Freedom Rotator WP hydromechanical two-platen presses, Freedom Hybrid series with electric screw drive, and GP Plus series of toggle machines. Also highlighting machinery lines of sister companies Sandretto and Windsor.
HRSFLOW HOT RUNNER SYSTEMS
Introducing Plus hot-runner nozzles, which reportedly provide 20% to 30% energy savings due to improved materials for body, tip, and end ring, as well as new geometry for tips and end bushing. Also introducing Screwed Nozzle series, which screw directly into the manifold so there is no contact between the mold and the nozzle's cap. Also new is Under-Vacuum Nozzle that allows injection into a cavity with air evacuated for better filling, improved finish, and reduced flash. Also unveiling rectangular valve gates.
HUARONG PLASTIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
Taiwanese builder of injection machines: HRN series of toggle presses from 100 to 400 tons; HDC coinjection models with rotary table, 140 to 500 tons; and HRQ hydraulic accumulator models from 140 to 400 tons.
HUSKY INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEMS LTD.
Booths 2132, 2140
Demonstrating a Hylectric 120 hybrid machine with in-mold labeling. Also plans to unveil a new machine and hot-runner technologies.
Korea-based firm is unveiling HIT Series all-pneumatic 4-axis traversing robot. Also showing Topiv sprue picker, automated insert loaders, and a mold-release sprayer.
IEEC-PBJ INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS PVT
Indian firm supplies hot-runner temperature controls.
Introducing high-speed side-entry robots. Also showing new automation for in-mold labeling.
Booth 4975 (Exhibiting with Top Grade Molds)
Israeli firm produces robots for in-mold labeling, product takeout, and stacking/packing. Supplying turnkey IML systems in the Americas through a new partnership with Top Grade Molds.
IMG PLASTEC CO., LTD.
German/Polish firm supplies Asian-built horizontal and vertical toggle presses from 50 to 3500 tons, as well as multicolor and PET preform systems.
Unveiling Control Gate, a new valve gate operated by a mechanical spring and pneumatics. Also introducing a water-cooled gate insert that's easy to install. Rolling out twin-heater nozzles that incorporate a backup heater in the same-size package as a single-heater nozzle.
INJEX SYSTEMS INC.
Booth 4798 (Exhibiting with Syn-Genuity Sourcing)
Produces bimetallic cylinders and liners and related services.
Supplies automation systems based on parts-removal robots from Ichikoh Engineering in Japan and builds custom end-of-arm-tooling.
INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL
Booth 1380 (Exhibiting with Fortune International)
Showing an automatic in-mold labeling system.
INTERNATIONAL TEMPERATURE CONTROL
Supplies temperature controls and accessories for hot-runner molds.
Rolling out electrostatic charging equipment for in-mold labeling and decorating (IML/IMD) including small, lightweight charge applicators and charging generators. Exhibiting Virtual AC Intelligent Static Neutralizers for long-range neutralization without air.
JDV PRODUCTS INC.
Supplies Vessel brand gate-cutting air nippers and blades, end-of-arm-tooling, chucking parts, static-charge eliminators, and hand cutters.
JR AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES LLC
Booth 9620 (Exhibiting with Fanuc Automation)
Automation systems integrator.
JSW PLASTICS MACHINERY INC.
Featuring all-electric servo-drive molding machines--both new J-AD model and existing J-ELIII series--as well as a full line of horizontal presses with fully hydraulic or toggle clamp.
Introducing in the U.S. Alfa Series top-entry robots. Also exhibiting a gate-cutting robot.
Supplies OEM and aftermarket machined components such as tiebars for presses up to 6000 tons and reconditioned clamp ends.
KISTLER INSTRUMENT CORP.
Rolling out its first injection molding process monitor. Also showing cavity pressure sensors and process-monitoring software. Will demonstrate zero-defect molding using its monitoring tools.
Supplies custom turnkey PET preform coinjection systems for barrier containers.
KOSMEK USA LTD.
Supplies quick-mold-change systems, hydraulic clamping systems, and hydraulic valves.
Introducing CX series small two-platen presses. One will mold a two-component contact-lens case from PP and TPE in a 10-sec cycle. A second CX unit will produce a sample to show surface graining options. Also demonstrating EX all-electric model; holographic in-mold labeling of a 22-oz stadium cup on a C3 Sprinter machine; and KM 100-6100 Injection Molding Compounder (IMC) producing an auto front end from long-glass PP. Part will be handled by a 6-axis robot on the fixed platen.
Unveiling Injection Molding Function Package for robots that eases robot integration into any injection molding machine from 100 to 6000 tons with minimal installation and engineering time. Also showcasing Kuka KS shelf-mounted robots.
LOGIC ONE ROBOTS
Introducing "SIMPLE" retrofit controls based on Allen-Bradley PLCs, which allow various makes of older robots to be retrofitted with cost-effective electric inverter motors for higher speed and repeatability. Also introducing PLC+2 retrofit controls that use inverter motors to give gantry robots low-end servo-motor speeds at lower cost than full-servo systems. Introducing vision part-inspection system that can detect flash and short shots, check part size and color, and sort and count parts. Also showing refurbished and rebuilt robots.
Booths 9640, 9646
Spanish firm supplies Tecnomak horizontal toggle machines from 100 to 3000 tons. Also offers PET preform machines.
MANNER INTERNATIONAL LP
Showcasing new valve-gate nozzle for side injection of syringes, pipettes, and other tube-shaped parts. Also introducing Slimline ceramic-insulated valve-gate nozzle with only 8mm diam. Permits shot weights of 0.01 g and cavity spacing of 16 mm. New HCS 2 temperature control is more compact and economical than previous models and uses internal bus communications and plug-in modules for easier upgrades. Also introducing Engineering & Consulting Div.
MASTIP TECHNOLOGY LTD.
Introducing X-nozzle valve gates, SXpress single-nozzle package, and single In-Line valve gate.
MEIKI AMERICA CORP.
Offers Nadem line of hybrid electric machines with hydromechanical clamp, as well as MC line of horizontal fully hydraulic machines.
MELT DESIGN INC.
Supplies hot-runner systems and components from nozzles to valve gates.
MGS MANUFACTURING GROUP
Demonstrating three-shot molding in an all-electric press using two of its Universal Multishot portable injection units and MGS rotating platen. Displaying Multishot rotary stack-mold systems, as well as traditional molds.
MHS INC./MOLD HOTRUNNER SOLUTIONS INC.
Showing new Rheo-Pro NO4 micro-molding nozzles for part weights from 0.01 to 1 g with hot-tip gating. New Rheo-Pro NO5 close-pitch valve gate has gate-to-gate distance of 25 mm. Unveiling single valve gate for shots up to 11 lb and nozzle length up to 1000 mm. Also showing manifold system, hot halves, multi-tip nozzles, and stack-mold valve-gate systems injecting through the parting line rather than through a sprue bar.
MITT, MOLD HOTRUNNER TECHNOLOGY
Manufactures and markets PET molds and hot-runner systems.
Supplies screws, barrels, tips, and mixers.
Booths 1702, 1715
Introducing Cincinnati Milacron MTg hydraulic toggle press with new injection unit and easy-to-service hydraulics. It will mold a two-component part with an add-on second injection unit from Ferromatik Milacron. Also showing newly upgraded Milacron Fanuc Roboshot S2000i-B all-electric press with wider tiebar spacing, faster controls, and acceleration from 0 to 300 mm/sec (500 mm/sec optional) in less than 36 millisec. Available in 55 to 330 tons.
Also rolling out all-electric Powerline NT with new direct-drive injection unit that reduces noise and inertia, plus new Mosaic controls. A Powerline NT550 model will produce a flowerpot that is assembled and fixed with an RFID label in an unmanned molding cell.
Introducing Magna V vertical-clamp insert molders in a new vertical-injection configuration (15 to 130 tons).
Also showing structural-foam machines; "Aftermarket Center" for equipment services, packages, and components; and machine rebuilding/remanufacturing capabilities.
First demonstration by Milacron of molding auto glazing (in cooperation with Exatec). Will mold polycarbonate sidelight with black PC bezel on a 1000-ten Maxima MG 1100 two-platen press with Milacron robot and automated part inspection. Will demonstrate QMC using Staubli magnetic mold clamps and a tierod puller.
Also demonstrating "Cube" rotary-center-platen stack molding of multicomponent parts on K-tec press from Ferromatik Milacron with Foboha four-sided mold.
Unveiling new version of Mosaic control with color touchscreen, improved ergonomic displays, wireless communications, and flash memory instead of a hard-disk drive, so no backup power source is needed.
Supplies take-out robots and other automation for injection molding.
MINIATURE PLASTIC MOLDING
Supplies Wasp Mini-Jector (12 to 13 tons) for small production runs of 100 pieces. Comes in pneumatic and hydraulic versions with plunger or reciprocating screw.
MITSUBISHI-MHI INJECTION MOLDING MACHINERY INC.
Offers eM series of hybrid-electric machines, MEt and ME lines of all-electric presses, as well as fully hydraulic and hydromechanical units.
Launching a hot-runner system for large parts that is pre-assembled, uses off-the-shelf components, yet minimizes mold size. Also introducing AccuValve valve gate that is simpler to integrate for the mold maker, especially for high-cavity applications. Showing other valve-gating products, including Melt-Disk technology for multi-drop medical parts. Will also demonstrate TempMaster Series hot-runner controls.
Showing new Moldflow Plastics Xpert (MPX) version 4.2 system for automating setup, optimization, and control of the molding process. New features include a common interface for Moldflow's Altanium and Shotscope products, and new support for viscosity control that improves manufacturing efficiency, part quality, and parts traceability. Also introducing CeUtrack 2.1, its latest real-time production management system; a 155-zone Altanium hot-runner control that mounts directly on the mold, eliminating excess cables; and Moldflow Communicator 1.0, a free new product that allows results of flow simulation studies to be shared by all members of a project team.
Offers Powershot self-contained energy-saving package of hydraulics and servo-electrics to drive and control the injection side of the molding press. Also showing new High Power High Speed servo-electric plasticating and injection system for presses up to 250 tons. It reportedly delivers more power and higher injection speeds with faster acceleration than conventional ballscrew and timing-belt arrangements
Unveiling 7-axis IA20 articulating-arm robot with a 44-1b payload. It will tend a Krauss-Maffei KM100CX injection machine. Also introducing novel dual-arm DA series robot with a 44-1b payload capacity, and two 6-axis articulating arms that can be coordinated to work together for assembly and machine tending. Also exhibiting HP50 robot with NX100 controller in a packing application using a multifunction gripper.
MOULD-TIP PLASTIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
Chinese-based firm supplies generic hot-runner systems and custom components.
Booth 5171 ((Exhibiting with Digital Technologies)
New U.S. firm supplies injection units, rotary tables, tooling, special software, and complete turnkey systems for multi-component molding. Represents Plasdan of Portugal.
NEGRI BOSSI USA
Introducing Canbel VE all-electric machines in 11 models from 77 to 935 tons. All models have direct-drive toggle clamp for higher damping speeds. A 528-ton Canbel 480-3600 model with an integrated robot will mold hubcaps. A 70-ton model will produce medical syringes from LSR. Also showing new 1500-ton Bi-Power two-platen machine. Operating a 700-ton hybrid press with platen-mounted robot in production of a mushroom tray. Also displaying a two-shot setup with a 210-ton press and integrated robot.
NETSTAL MACHINERY INC.
World premiere of Pet-Line 6000-6600R PET preform system with 192-cavity mold producing 90,000/hr. Machine features new Smart-Start intrusion technology plus a shot-pot injection unit to protect melt from overheating and excessive shear while delivering shot-to-shot consistency with Sycap closed-loop process control. Also showing SynErgy 5000-5500E machine molding a 32-oz stadium cup in six cavities with in-mold labeling using lenticular-fllm labels. A SynErgy 3500-2150 will mold 65,000 closures/hr in a 72-cavity mold on a 4-sec cycle. New Elion all-electric machine (model 1200-460) will produce PP syringe barrels in a 48-cavity mold.
NEW PACIFIC MACHINERY INC.
U.S. representative of Taiwan-based Multiplas, which manufactures horizontal and vertical hydraulic presses.
NICKERSON MACHINERY Booths 1702, 1715 (Exhibiting with Milacron)
Catalog distributor of MRO molding supplies.
NIIGATA ALL-ELECTRIC MOLDING MACHINES
Introducing its fifth generation all-electric presses, boasting long hold-time capability and extended mold height. These include new wide-platen electric models.
NINGBO HAITIAN GROUP CO. LTD.
See Haitian Machinery.
NINGBO HUARE MACHINERY MFG. CO. LTD.
Chinese producer of injection machines from 66 to 2204 tons, offered here by W.Z. International Pro, City of Industry, Calif.
NISSEI AMERICA INC.
Showing new models in Elject NEX all-electric series featuring enhanced clamp-force feedback control, higher injection speed, faster response, and upgraded TACT controller. A 50-ton NEX50 model with an injection speed of 500 mm/sec and 2.7 times faster response will be shown, as well as a 180-ton NEX180 model. Also showing new Elject DCE140 electric press molding two dissimilar materials with a rotating mold. Features new clamping mechanism that transmits forces uniformly. Also unveiling 140-ton FNX140 hybrid machine with new XPump hydraulic system.
NORTHERN SUPPLY CO., DIV. OF MILACRON Booths 1702, 1715 (Exhibiting with Milacron)
Distributes MRO supplies, auxiliaries, and components for injection molders.
Represents Borch Machinery Co. Ltd. in China, which builds horizontal toggle machines from 120 to 480 tons, as well as multi-color machines.
Introducing Performance Series Nozzle (PSN), which reportedly delivers higher throughput despite a smaller footprint in the mold and produces better gate appearance. Also rolling out a valve-gate sequencing controller that is compact and utilizes 50% less energy than other controllers. Also presenting a new hot-sprue nozzle designed to fit in many types of small unit-die applications. Also showing new MC-mini-coil nozzle heater with stainless-steel sheath and low-profile design.
PASCAL ENGINEERING INC.
Supplies mold-clamping and quick-mold-change systems.
PLASTIC PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
Offers patented screw designs for resins from PVC to LCP, as well as screw tips and non-return valves.
PLASTIC WORLD INC.
Offers Smart Control and Max-E-Save technologies that reduce machine energy consumption up to 56%.
Offers Sodick Plustech line of horizontal, vertical, and LSR injection molding presses, which include the V-line two-stage injection system.
Manufactures hot-runner systems and valve gates, manifolds, hot halves, heated sprue bushings, and multi-tip systems.
POWERTECH COMPONENTS INC.
Manufactures standard and custom switch boxes for control of one to 208 zones in all connector configurations.
Booth 1180 (Exhibiting with American Jetstream)
Offers injection equipment for coinjection, structural foam, insert molding, and multi-material applications
PRIAMUS SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES AG
Introducing miniature cavity-pressure sensors that are calibrated after they are assembled. Also presenting new Priamus Shop Floor Control, a professional process information system that manages process data based on cavity pressure and temperature signals on a central server. Also showing Priamus Fill and Priamus Monitor software.
PRO SYSTEMS LLC
Booth 4401 (Exhibiting with SPI Fantastic Plastics Works)
Automation integrator and custom machine builder will operate an automated manufacturing cell similar to that at SPI's Fantastic Plastics Works exhibit at Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. It will mold eight pieces of a robot toy in a single shot and then robotically decorate and assemble the toy with the aid of six-axis robots.
PROGRESS PRECISION INC. Booths 1702, 1715 (Exhibiting with Milacron)
Manufactures feedscrews for a wide range of molding applications.
PSG PLASTIC SERVICE GMBH Booth 7415 Supplies hot-runner systems.
QUANTUM MACHINERY INTERNATIONAL
Canadian firm offers the PT-U line of horizontal toggle presses from its Hong Kong parent company, L.K. Machinery.
RANGER AUTOMATION SYSTEMS Booths 3149, 3249, 3257
Makes linear robots, end-of-arm tooling, and turnkey automation systems.
REIS ROBOTICS USA INC.
Makes traversing linear robots and articulating-arm models, as well as turnkey automation for part takeout and handling.
Makes rubber injection machinery.
Announcing a new relationship with software partner Intouch to provide an integrated, web-based process-control and production-monitoring system. It combines eDart process control with a broader production and process-monitoring system. It will allow users to view job status from a remote location through a web browser. Will also demonstrate process control using a 1946 Van Dorn press instrumented with cavity-pressure sensors. Also showing network capability and eDart process-control system. Will have systems in the booths of Engel, Sumitomo, Haitian, Nissei, and Toyo.
ROCHESTER PLASTIC MACHINERY INC.
Builds custom injection presses.
SAILOR AUTOMATION INC.
Introducing its new RZ-VE high-speed all-servo top-entry robot, featuring new Vibration Suppression control. Also introducing RX-8E swing-type sprue picker with linear guides for more precise positioning.
SANDRETTO, A TAYLOR'S COMPANY
Booths 2115, 2127
Italian builder of injection machines, including new Freedom HES retractable-tiebar machine--a collaboration with sister company HPM.
SAS AUTOMATION LLC
Introducing programmable robot end-of-arm-tool that allows the user to change the location of the suction cups. It will be demonstrated on an Engel 3-axis robot and Kuka 6-axis robot. Also unveiling GSP 20-16 gripper for sprue pickers. Allows replacement of gripper alone rather than entire picker unit. Will run two molding machines with custom automation on each--one extracting pipettes, and the other stacking and racking into trays.
SEIKI VALVE & SPEAR SYSTEM DIV., MITSUI PLASTICS
Introducing UMC8 digital controller with color touchscreen for low-cavitation molds (up to 48 zones). Also rolling out VMC series digital controller for closure and medical molding, featuring 40 zones of control and ability to store and retrieve 30 mold settings in memory. Also presenting new ACS8 air unit that regulates air to valve-gate pistons and can be used with virtually any hot-runner system. Also unveiling SVPL hot-runner valve with manifold assembly, featuring a side-action piston for reduced mold stack height plus precision alignment between valve, pin, and gate. Also introducing pneumatically operated SV25 mini-valve for gating down to 25 mm.
Booths 1702, 1715
Supplies a range of replacement injection molding products, including feedscrews, barrels, and screw-tip assemblies.
SHANGHAI KLN TECH. & EQUIP., LTD.
Chinese supplier of hot-runner systems and controls.
SIEMENS ENERGY & AUTOMATION INC.
Offers a control system for all-electric injection machines based on its Simotion motion controller.
SIMCO INDUSTRIAL STATIC CONTROL
Introducing ChargeMaster electrostatic charging system for in-mold decorating.
See Plustech Inc.
Swiss supplier of hot-runner manifold systems, nozzles, and tips. Also supplies in-mold lamination processes and stack-mold technology.
SPI FANTASTIC PLASTICS WORKS
Demonstrating an automated molding and assembly cell similar to that at SPI's Fantastic Plastics Works exhibit at Epcot at Walt Disney World. It will mold eight pieces of a robot toy in a single shot and then robotically decorate and assemble the toy.
Unveiling QSO Quick Shut-off non-return valve that delivers both high flow and rapid material shutoff for part weight consistency. Demonstrating Twinshot coinjection technology using a single barrel. Mixing-screw simulation will be shown on a plasma screen in the booth. Also showing screws, barrels, and other front-end components.
Showing line of servo-driven robots and end-of-arm-tooling components.
Introducing automated turnkey manufacturing cell for small parts in which a robot handles all mold-related and downstream automation tasks. A TX 60 6-axis robot and Boy 55 VV insert molding press will be operating at Boy Machines' booth.
Supplies a full range of sprue pickers, traversing and articulating robots, and automated workcell solutions.
Introducing SE-HS Series of mid-sized, high-speed, all-electric machines from 242 to 385 tons. Features direct-drive motors for both injection and clamping; mold open/close speeds of 1300 mm/sec; new twin-cylinder nozzle-touch system; and new SM screw. A 242-ton SE-HS will produce thin-wall medical containers in a 4-cavity mold.
SUNGJIN MACHINERY CO. LTD.
Booth 9925 (Exhibiting with Korea Die & Mold Industry Cooperative)
Korean maker of bladder-, vacuum-, and vacuum-transfer rubber injection machines. Also produces vacuum injection molds.
SURFACE ENGINEERING & ALLOY CO.
Booth 4798 (Exhibiting with Syn-Genuity)
Showing new Extreme Coatings (tungsten carbide in nickel/chrome/cobalt binder) for feed screws and check-ring/tip assemblies.
SYN-GENUITY SOURCING CORP.
Introducing bimetallic barrel liners from InJex Systems and extremely wear-resistant carbide alloys from Surface Engineering & Alloy. Also showing check rings and non-return valves from CMD.
TECHNOJECT MACHINERY CORPJ HEITEC HEISSKANALTECHNIK
Introducing Heitec mechanical valve-gate system using a bar that moves all valve needles accurately and repeatably. Each needle can be adjusted individually, and the actuating bar can be driven by electric motor, hydraulics, or pneumatics. Also showing the Starline edge-gate nozzle, miniature hot runner systems, and the Easyline hot-runner nozzle.
Supplies permanent electromagnetic quick-change mold-clamping systems.
Supplies injection machines for molding magnesium alloys using its patented Thixomat technology.
TOP GRADE MOLDS
New valve gate system will be demonstrated at Engel's booth in an ultra-thin-wall application using Engel's high-pressure X-Melt process. Also announcing a partnership with Imdecol, an in-mold labeling automation supplier, to offer automated turnkey IML systems in the Americas. Demonstrating a complete IML molding cell.
TOSHIBA MACHINE CO. AMERICA
Unveiling ECNII all-electric machines boasting faster injection and faster response with lower-inertia injection unit, as well as longer holding-pressure capability and new V30 control. Demonstrating model EC110NII in thin-wall molding, EC180NII in high-speed molding, a medical application on an EC20NII, and LSR overmolding in a cell with two EC54NII units and a Toshiba SCARA robot moving parts between presses.
Introducing ET-90HR4 all-electric, four-station vertical press with horizontal injection. Showing Si-110III and Si-400III all-electric presses plus ET90VR2 electric vertical press with in-line vertical injection.
TPS TOOLING PREFORM SYSTEMS
Supplies four-stage servo takeout robots and end-of-arm-tooling for PET preforms, as well as complete PET preform production cells.
Announcing partnership with Rhodia to develop MuCell microcellular applications for Rhodia's Technylstar nylon 6 and 66. Introducing MuCell smooth-surface tooling technology for HIPS and ABS.
UBE MACHINERY INC.
Will mold a 20-liter HDPE container on an Ultima UN 720 wide-platen all-electric high-speed press. Also molding foamed automotive door panel on an Ultima UN 110-ton model using Ube's Ecofoam process that compresses ambient shop air. Will have video presentation of new Imprest in-mold painting technology.
Booths 1702, 1715
Builds structural-foam and structural-web molding systems.
Supplies hot-runner temperature controls.
UNI-THERM INSULATION SYSTEMS INC.
Sells devices to protectbarrel heaters, wiring, and insulating blankets from melt drool.
UNIVERSAL MULTISHOT SYSTEMS
See MGS Manufacturing Group.
VICTOR TAICHUNG MACHINERY
See Fortune International.
V-TEK MOLDING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Booth 4261 (Exhibiting with Uni-Therm)
Custom engineers hot-runner nozzles, manifolds, and temperature controls. Also cleans and repairs hot-runner systems.
WELLTEC MACHINERY LTD.
Hong Kong builder of injection machines from 80 to 2800 tons.
WESTLAND CORP. 4336
Displaying barrel lined with solid C-2 tungsten carbide, a new option for highly abrasive resins. Introducing 8th Edition Cylinder & Screw Handbook. Showing other bimetallic barrels, Eagle mixing and barrier screws, and Eagle mixing nozzle.
Makes bimetallic and tool-steel barrels.
Introducing Lumina LP (Large Platen) Series machine for large parts using gas-assist or structural foam. Platen sizes up to 110 x 200 in. and shot sizes up to 300 lb. New Versafil independent nozzle control configures machine for sequential filling. Also discussing new NextGen large two-platen hybrid machines that utilize single or dual extruders and two-stage injection for producing large solid and foam parts up to 150 lb.
WINDSOR FEEDSCREWS INC.
Builds and repairs screws, tips, nozzles, and bimetallic barrels.
Introducing W 723 CS3 series top-mounted servo robots with telescoping arm for low-ceiling heights. Suited to machines up to 275 tons.
Introducing "Right-Sized" injection units consisting of barrel, end cap, screw, non-return valve, heaters, thermocouples, and barrel covers, supplied in a single crate, assembled and ready to install. Also introducing Posi-Melt injection screw that delivers higher output and better mixing at lower melt temperature. Also offering new Xaloy JCP 1760 Jet Cleaner for screw cleaning.
Korean supplier of hot-runner systems, valve gates, hot halves, temperature controllers, and stack-mold technology.
YUSHIN AMERICA INC.
Rolling out SVR B-50 side-entry, high-speed robot for vertical presses up to 150 tons. Two-stage sliding arm adds speed while being more compact.
Sells screws, valves, and bimetallic barrels.
ZHANGJIAGANG HUAFENG HEAVY-DUTY EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING CO. LTD.
Chinese firm produces QS horizontal hydraulic presses from 100 to 400 tons.
ZHEJIANG SOUND MACHINERY MANUFACTURE CO. LTD.
Chinese firm builds FT hydraulic horizontal presses from 40 to 3800 tons, and machines for large-part, low-pressure molding; high-speed, high-precision molding; or energy efficiency. Will show an FTB energy-efficient model.
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