DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY (Nov. 27, 2:10 p.m. EST) — Hot-runner supplier Gammaflux LP is continuing its investment in the Far East and in sophisticated temperature control systems.
The company, based in Sterling, Va., has hired a sales representative firm, Pearly Machineries Ltd. of Hong Kong, to sell and service Gammaflux products in China. Pearly has 37 employees and branch offices in Shanghai, Dongguan, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China.
Last year, Gammaflux opened a sales office in Ube, Japan, to serve Asia. The company's presence in China will expand upon that start-up venture in the region, said Gammaflux President David Huntting at K 2001 in Dusseldorf.
“In the Far East market, we put a long-term plan in place for China,” Huntting said. “It has turned out to be a major market for us.”
At K 2001, the company also introduced a new family of hot-runner control systems that offer advanced electronics and software. That TTC family of controllers allows integration with equipment control panels, offering the flexibility to work with as many as 256 control zones.
The controllers use enhanced computer algorithms to tightly regulate hot-runner temperatures.
Sophisticated hot-runner controllers, offering software that interacts more seamlessly and precisely with machine controllers, were spotlighted by several hot-runner companies at the show. Those new controllers all were better suited to work with multicavity molds than some previous versions, according to officials at those companies.
Mold-Masters Ltd. of Georgetown, Ontario, announced its new Temp-Master temperature controller, with one model offering precision control for up to 160 zones. Its multizone controller and Gammaflux's system both offer reduced size to free mold-room space.
“We have to utilize available [computer] technology,” said Mold-Masters President Jonathon Fischer at the show. “The better the ease of use, the higher the productivity. Molding has become a very precise industry.”
Hot-runner supplier Synventive Molding Systems Inc. of Peabody, Mass., demonstrated its new Dynamic Feed system that controls the injection and packing pressure for multiple mold cavities.
The key for new control systems is the reduction of space through the use of software, said Gammaflux director of market development Mike Brostedt.
“It's all integrated inside the machine,” Brostedt said. “The controllers can handles all the functions without occupying space on the floor.”