Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. bested its K 2004 performance for high-speed molding of an in-mold-labeled parts, by turning out food containers on a 2.3-second cycle at Fakuma.
A Hylectric machine, with 120 tons of clamping force, turned out the square containers with labels on all four sides and bottom, running on a two-cavity mold.
The IML automation supplier was SysTec Komplettsysteme GmbH of Bad Urach, Gemany. Instead of robots, the system uses a SwingChute to put the label into the mold and another one to remove the parts.
The containers were placed on a SysTec stacker, then moved to a conveyor.
At K 2004, Husky ran IML parts on a 3.4-second cycle, using a side-entry robot for inserting the label and a SwingChute for part removal, said Bruce Catoen, vice president of packaging and systems for the Bolton, Ontario-based company.
``A year ago it was the world's fastest system, so it knocked 30 percent off of that,'' Catoen said.
Also at Fakuma, Husky added two new edge-gate hot-runner nozzles to its Ultra line. The nozzles are suited for molding polyolefin parts and for applications that require side gating. The line of nozzles features a minimum pitch spacing of 44½ millimeters. The new sizes, available in two or four gates, offer pitch sizes of 15mm and 22mm.
Husky also announced some news about customers in Europe:
* Beer delivery people, rejoice! Linpac Materials Handling Germany GmbH bought five Hylectric presses - three with 880 tons of clamping force and two 1,100-tonners - to make a beer crate with soft grips molded into the rigid body.
* Bottle-cap mold maker Corvaglia Ltd. of Kaltenbach, Switzerland, is getting into closure manufacturing, under the name Corvaglia Closures - and has selected Husky's Hylectric presses. President Romeo Corvaglia said the machine delivers fast cycles and has wide tie-bar spacing, so the company can run higher-cavitation molds in smaller presses.
* Another Swiss mold maker, SchÃ¶ttli AG of Diessenhofen, bought a 440-ton Hylectric to run tests and validate its molds. SchÃ¶ttli bought a long version of the press that can accommodate stack molds.
* Ypsomed AG, a medical products maker in Burgdorf, Switzerland, engineered and built a four-drop hot-runner system with its Ultra 750 valve-gate nozzles, specially made for the customer's molds. The result was better part quality and a 20 percent reduction in cycle time.