All-electric injection molding presses will continue to march — very quietly, of course — onto the plastics industry during NPE 2000. Ube Machinery Inc. will show a massive all-electric, the largest ever built, an Ultima-brand machine with a clamping force of 1,550 tons. Milacron Inc. will run a 935-ton all-electric Powerline.
AmeriPlas Machinery Corp. (Booth E10557): Two new injection presses: an H30 30-ton horizontal and a V35 35-ton vertical press. A V15 15-ton vertical machine. All three presses sport new touch-screen Mitsubishi controllers.
Arburg Inc. (Booth S3401): Micro-molding machines, a 300-ton press, a side-entry robotic system and a press running a part using the MuCell technology.
Autojectors Inc. (Booth S3368): A 280-ton vertical-clamp press with a four-station rotary table for insert molding large automotive and appliance parts. Horizontal-clamp Indigo presses that now include closed-loop control at no extra charge.
Boy Machines Inc. (Booth S1175): A rotary-indexing system on a 24.2-ton injection press, developed under a partnership with Panzer Tool Works Inc.
Demag Ergotech GmbH (Booth S3000): The EL-EXIS E, which uses an electric motor to open and close the toggle-clamp and hydraulic power to run the nozzle motion, core pullers and ejectors. The biggest-ever model of the fast-cycling Ergotech EL-EXIS S machine.
Engel North America (Booth 2583): Eight injection molding machines, including a 1,000-ton, two-platen injection press using the MuCell; a 6000-ton tie-barless press making pipe fittings; a 300-ton tie-barless machine performing a two-color, multishot process; and a 200-ton press doing in-mold decorating to make face plates for cellular telephones.
Epco Machinery LLC (Booth S1459): Display showing an injection press before and after remanufacturing. "Back to back" electrical enclosures that compare obsolete controls with new controls. Live demonstrations of retrofit controllers.
Hettinga Technologies Inc. (Booth S275): Simulation of the personal-computer-based machine controller, the Hettinga Advanced-Level Control (HALC), that gives real-time control over molding parameters.
Himaco Hidraulicos e Maquinas Ltda. (Booth E14347): An injection molding machine from Brazil with 168 tons of clamping force, newly introduced to the United States. The press can run a maximum shot size of 21 ounces.
HPM Corp. (Booth S3349): An 880-ton Next Generation Next Wave tie-barless machine for housewares and a Next Generation Next Wave 1,375 tonner with gas counterpressure. Also, a 450-ton Universal II toggle-clamp machine and a 125-ton unit, both with 25 more features but without any price increase, the company said. Also running, HPM's latest hydraulic Modular series.
Illinois Precision Corp. (Booth E14600): Model BCCL rotary-table insert molding machine, with a vertical clamp.
JSW Plastics Machinery Inc. (Booth S1475): An electric, vertical injection molding machine.
Krauss-Maffei Corp. (Booth S2932): Two machines will demonstrate the Decopress process for in-mold lamination of fabric onto automotive door panels: a 1,300-ton injection press, the largest Krauss-Maffei press ever made; and a 420-ton vertical press. A 192-ton machine molding PET preforms. A 660-ton press with an electric screw drive. A 220-ton thermoset machine running polyester. Plus multicomponent molding on a 192-ton press
LG International (America) Inc. (Booth N8618): A 950-ton, two-platen injection press that saves space and energy, a bimetallic barrel and an eye-level controller that is easier to use.
Main Group SpA (Booth E14542): Italian maker of vertical injection molding machines for the footwear industry is branching out to standard plastics molding. Specialties in multishot and foam molding.
Milacron Inc. (Booths S2949, S2968): A 935-ton, wide-platen Powerline is just one of four all-electric presses being shown at NPE. A 310-ton Magna press running parts with the MuCell process. Also, a 550-ton Maxima two-platen press with an optional electric screw drive. A hot-runner/modular tooling system on a Ferromatik-Milacron injection press, and multicomponent molding on a Ferromatik-Milacron running at high speeds.
Mitsubishi — MHI Injection Molding Machinery Inc. (Booth E10503): Model MSJ hydraulic-clamp presses with clamping forces from 90-500 tons, ME all-electric presses in 390-, 500- and 610 tons, MMJ hydromechanical presses from 610-1,200 tons.
Netstal Machinery Inc. (Booth S1440): A Synergy 6000, 660-ton injection press molding a container in a four-by-four stack mold. Other machines molding a two-component cup and a pipette tip molded in a clean room.
New Castle Industries Inc. (Booth E10922): A new injection screw for multifunctional molding of pre-colored, virgin and color additive processing. The Hi-Pro screw uses a special-design barrier section for optimal mixing and temperature control. It can reduce downtime caused by frequent screw changes when different resins are run.
Niigata Engineering Co. Ltd. (Booth S288): Four all-electric presses, with clamping forces from 55-500 tons, running continuously. Servo-driven electric core pulls.
Perry Videx LLC (Booth E11808): Used plastics machinery.
Plastic Metal SpA (NPM) (Booth N5385): 400-ton injection molding machine with a tie-bar removal system.
Presma Corp. (Booth S1188): A 10-station, shuttle-table injection press that can do both coinjection and structural foam molding.
Reed-Prentice Ltd. (Booth S2726): New line of horizontal-clamp injection molding machines, in clamping forces from 75-2,000 tons.
Sandretto USA Inc. (Booth S738): The Series Nine injection press, which comes in clamping forces of 75-550 tons.
Sumitomo (SHI) Plastics Machinery (Booth N6550): Two new sizes of all-electric injection presses, 20 tons and 253 tons. An option called HP-Plus that allows injection speeds up to 2,000 millimeters a second. An SK control option for highly accurate control of fill volume.
Tomken Tool & Engineering Inc. (Booth E10426): Small table-top presses in clamping forces from 9-16 tons.
Toshiba Machine Co. America (Booth S2575): New larger sizes of all-electric presses, including six running at NPE. Demonstration of its e-commerce Web site, www.toshiba-machine.com, for online ordering of replacement parts, machine quotes and ordering, and finance applications.
Ube Machinery Inc. (Booth N7150): An all-electric, Ultima-brand injection press with 1,550 tons of clamping force, which Ube claims is the world's largest all-electric. Three other Ultimas, with clamping forces of 55 tons, 200 tons and 1,100-tons.
Van Dorn Demag Corp. (Booth S3300): Two presses from the Pinnacle Series of toggle-clamp machines, a 140-ton press and a 280-ton model. Small-tonnage Cadence presses, replacing the old ET Series. The Spectra Series of presses, which replaces Van Dorn Demag's line of hydraulic-clamp presses, the HP. The standard version of the Ergotech EL-EXIS E Series of presses. A new injection unit design for big-tonnage machines.
Wabash MPI (Booth S1819): A 50-ton vertical-clamp injection press with a four-station rotary table molding screwdriver sets.