Robert Schad's five-year vision for Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. is on display this week in McCormick Place.
For Husky (Booth S1870), NPE 2003 marks the culmination of a plan launched in 1997 to transform itself from a specialist in injection presses for thin-walled packaging and PET preforms, into a broad-line press maker. Central to that strategy is the Hylectric injection press, a hybrid machine that Husky said combines the best of hydraulic and electric power.
At Husky's 12,000-square-foot booth, the company is running three integrated systems boasting very high productivity. Husky also is displaying its new line of Ultra hot runners, and a new Thixomolding machine for molding magnesium parts in automotive and consumer electronic products.
Jeff MacDonald, vice president of marketing, said the company is showing more products and services at this NPE than ever before.
``We've reinvented our positioning in terms of products, facilities and the people who deliver it all,'' MacDonald said. ``Much of the industry has pulled back on investment during this difficult time. Not us.''
Husky's Factory Planning team will take customers on a ``virtual audit'' of a typical molding factory to help identify areas that need improvement. The Automated Systems group will help processsors plan integrated work cells.
Also this week, Husky is showing:
* A Hylectric 1000 press running a two-by-eight cavity stack mold, with a four-second dry-cycle time.
* A faster, next-generation version of its Index preform injection molding press, with a dual, 144-cavity preform mold. The Index features a revolving turret block that carries the preform molds as they cycle through the injection process.
* A Hylectric 400 system with a two-by-96 mold, which Husky claims makes it the industry's highest-output closure system, able to pump out 1,800 closures per minute.