NPE 2003 will transform McCormick Place into an injection molding factory, as dozens of brands of presses turn out everything from large automotive panels to fun freebies you can carry home.
This year, automation, high-speed molding and - of course - all-electric presses will vie for the attention of NPE visitors. Here is a preview of what to expect in Chicago.
Alliance Gas Systems Inc. (Booth E11018): The Epic controller for gas-assisted molding, with multiphase digital pressure control, digital pressure ramping, a peak process pressure of 8,000 pounds per square inch and Alliance's patented First Technology. Alliance will give away an Epic system during the show.
Arburg Inc. (Booth S1860): The biggest Arburg press, a 440-ton Allrounder 820 S press with 440 tons of clamping force, molding two-component parts removed by a Multilift H robot. A 275-ton Allrounder molding screw-on caps on a 32-cavity mold. The smallest Allrounder, a 17-tonner, will demonstrate micromolding. Also there, the Allrounder C, which uses both electric and hydraulic power.
Battenfeld of America Inc. (Booths S1602, S1802): A two-platen HM press showing in-mold cutting of fabric, an EM all-electric press. A Unirob R8 robot removing parts.
Bauer Plastics Technology Group (Booth N4319): Gas-assisted injection molding systems.
Beaumont Runner Technologies Inc. (Booth E11224): A vintage, 1944 Model 1 Van Dorn press will mold parts using MeltFlipper technology. The antique plunger press runs by a hand-cranked mechanism.
Boy Machines Inc. (Booth S1470): Model A presses with servo-electric screw drives, equipped with Procan CT controllers.
Demag Plastics Group (Booth S2202): Two all-electric IntElect injection presses, one molding medical pipettes on a 24-cavity mold and the other making flying discs using the Twinshot coinjection process. A high-speed El-Exis S press molding yogurt cups on a stack mold. An El-Exis Multi will make bottle caps using two different material types, on two injection units. Also, a 950-ton, two-platen Caliber press.
Dima Inc. (Booth E9746): HyToggle injection press, a two-platen, toggle-clamp thermoset molding machine that uses four hydraulic pancake cylinders to lock the mold in place.
Engel North America (Booth S1685): X-Melt expansion molding technology. Watermelt water injection process. A new, 720-ton, Engel Duo press making an automotive manifold. A larger size - 200 ton - e-motion all-electric press. A vertical insert molding machine. A 300-ton tie-barless press running multicomponent injection. A 1,000-ton Duo running long-glass fiber and injection/ compression.
Epco Machinery LLC (Booth S1409): Plant relocation and equipment installation services. Closed-loop controls for injection and blow molding machines.
Fortune International Inc. (Booth S2560): The Va-100 all-electric injection press with 110 tons of clamping force, using a Fanuc toggle-clamping system and four servomotors tied to ball screws. Two toggle-clamp presses: the Vs-80 and Vs-180, with clamping forces of 88 tons and 200 tons, respectively.
Himaco Hidraulicos e Maquinas Ltda. (Booth N8326): A 130-ton injection press for molding thermoplastics.
HPM Division of Taylor's Industrial Services LLC (Booth N5507): The Freedom two-platen hybrid injection molding press. A GP Plus toggle press. An injection press with a rotating clamp. New controllers for injection molding and extrusion.
Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. (Booth S1870): The completed Hylectric press line. A new line of hot-runner products.
JSW Plastics Machinery Inc. (Booth S1576): A high-speed all-electric press. An all-electric machine showing the MuCell process. Equipment for molding magnesium,
L.K. Machinery Co. Ltd. (Booth E9164): Line of injection presses, auxiliary equipment and tooling.
MHI Injection Molding Machinery Inc. (Booth S177): The em series of two-platen hybrid presses, combining both electric and hydraulic features. The Met series of all-electric presses with a frame that suppresses vibration and holds dimensional accuracy.
Milacron Inc. (Booths S1440, S1640): A Ferromatik Milacron Europe press for making containers on a 31/2-second cycle, using in-mold labeling, running at the exhibit of robot-maker Hekuma Herbst Maschinenbau GmbH (Booth S291). Also, mold-maker Foboha GmbH (Booth N4975) will demonstrate a turning cube and stack molding technology developed by Ferromatik Milacron. Both are first-time U.S. showings.
MIR USA Corp. (Booth S1076): A touch-screen controller, the MIT Tomicon. The Atomic-brand computerized area network will run on several presses, including a new e-power all-electric press making PET preforms; a high-speed RMP toggle-clamp machine; and a vertical injection press demonstrating multicomponent molding.
Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. Ltd. (Booth S1449): Eight injection presses, including a 170-ton all-electric press with a turntable mold, a fast-cycling AN-1 hydraulic press making caps. A quality-control and production system called NC-Net.
Sumitomo Plastics Machinery of America LLC (Booth S1491): An all-electric, direct-drive vertical-clamp injection press called the SR Series. An ``all-electric'' booth also will demonstrate Sumitomo's SED and SES machines.
Wilmington Machinery Inc. (Booth S2870): New family of electric, low-pressure injection molding machines.