PET preform fans can check out Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.'s new HyPET injection press at K 2004- but Robert Schad wants you to know that, even though Husky has about 75 percent of the global market for preform presses, his company is about more than preforms.
``Husky's goal is to replicate our successful global PET business model in key markets, such as automotive and packaging,'' Schad said.
Husky's 3,300-square-foot booth at K will showcase its full product range: small- and medium-tonnage Hylectrics, the large-tonnage Quadloc and the HyPET and Index preform machines, hot runners, robots, complete packaging work cells and factory planning services.
The HyPET, which uses single-face molds, boasts new technologies for cooling and part handling, Husky said.
Other benefits include longer mold life, thanks to HyPET's Reflex platen, which allows the press to run at lower tonnage. Preforms made on the HyPET also have lower levels of acetaldehyde, which will improve the flavor of bottled water in PET containers.
Improved preform cooling reduces cycle times and improves preform quality. Husky said the machine improves cycle times by 5 percent. Also, wider tie-bar spacing allows the HyPET to handle high-cavitation preform molds with larger pitches.
A new platen-mounted robot is faster and more compact.
Husky is pairing the HyPET with the Index, its preform press that uses a revolving turret block of molds. Mike Urquhart, PET vice president, reports excellent results in testing of both platforms. ``We're seeing faster cycles and lower clamp tonnage, which will result in reduced mold wear, better repeatability, lower [acetaldehyde] generation and better energy efficiency,'' he said.
The Bolton-based firm also is touting its in-mold labeling technology using Hylectric presses; the use of the Index Dual system to mold thick-walled plastic cosmetics jars; and an improved way to remove hinged, flip-top lids for wipes that modifies SwingChutes to incorporate an automatic lid-closing feature.
Husky said the global cosmetics industry uses more than 10 billion containers a year.