Hot-runner supplier Synventive Molding Solutions Inc. has introduced Kona XP, which combines features of the Kona heat pipe technology and the company's modular MultiZone system, which is popular in Europe.
The result, Synventive said, is a flexible hot-runner system that can mold large automotive parts or small cosmetic parts.
Mark Moss, senior vice president of sales, marketing, research and development, said the heat pipe design gives uniform temperature along the length of the nozzle. Also, heat pipes generally need one heater for a long nozzle, instead of a series of heaters. Fewer temperature-control zones allow for a smaller controller.
MultiZone is designed to be a lower-priced, low-profile modular hot runner, with a series of individually controlled heaters. Kona XP combines the cost-effective design and low profile of the MultiZone with the improved properties of heat pipes, according to Moss.
Synventive, which was purchased in August by Chicago-based Madison Capital Partners, wants Kona XP to be a global product, Moss said. The firm plans to introduce XP in Europe, and make customers there more familiar with heat pipe technology.
The Peabody, Mass.-based company also is adding more sales people to cover China.
Meanwhile, Synventive said its Dynamic Feed closed-loop flow control technology has helped the firm make inroads into some new markets. “Particularly now we're making some good headway in the electronics marketplace, which we have not been strong in historically,” Moss said.
Synventive holds 46 patents around the world on Dynamic Feed, Moss said. Thirteen of the patents are in the United States.
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