Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. is building its first in-line compounding machine at its Luxembourg facility - using a Coperion twin-screw compounding extruder to feed glass-filled resin directly to a Husky Quadloc injection press with 2,750 tons of clamping force.
Bolton, Ontario-based Husky first showed a prototype of the in-line compounding technology at the 2001 K show in Germany. At the trade show, a Coperion Werner & Pfleiderer extruder fed a smaller, 330-ton Husky.
Husky officials announced the move to commercial in-line compounding systems during the firm's June 29 news conference at its technical center in Novi to announce its QTI machine, an indexing-platen multishot injection press for large automotive parts.
Ali Mortazavi, Husky's market manager for automotive, will deliver the first compounding/injection molding system in August to a North American customer. He said the company molds auto parts, but declined to identify it.
Potential applications for the glass-fiber-reinforced parts include front ends, running boards, doors, seat faces and seat backs and tailgate components.
Husky now is going head-to-head with the IMC, or injection molding compounder, that pairs a compounding extruder from Berstorff GmbH with an injection press from Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH.
In the Husky system, a Coperion twin-screw extruder compounds the resin together with glass fibers and feeds the material to the injection press, without the need for making resin pellets. The extruder compounds the material, including glass fibers, and moves it into a two-stage shooting pot on the Quadloc two-platen injection press.
Coperion Holding GmbH is based in Stuttgart, Germany.
In other news, Husky is ready to resume North American assembly of its large-tonnage machines. Since 1999, Husky has made all of its large-tonnage presses in Luxembourg.
``The first initiative on the large-tonnage machine side is to put manufacturing of our large Hylectric machines into our Bolton campus. So we're already getting set up for building a number of the 800- and 1,000-ton machines in North America,'' said Mike Diletti, vice president of sales and marketing.
To meet orders from North American customers, Diletti said press assembly will begin this summer.
``We haven't built one there yet, but we have orders in place that are earmarked for that location,'' he said in an interview after the June 29 news conference.