Netstal Machinery Inc. (Booth S2616) is hitting all the bases at NPE 2006, as it molds PET preforms on a 192-cavity press and demonstrates in-mold labeling and all-electric molding. Want to see a lot of closures? Netstal is slamming out 65,000 of them an hour - then checking every single one with a vision-system inspection.
This NPE marks the North American trade show debut for the 192-cavity preform machine and the Elion all-electric press. Both were introduced in 2004, at the last K show in Germany.
The PET-Line press, which has clamping force of 660 tons, can turn out up to 94,000 preforms an hour, said Rick Shaffer, president and general manager.
At NPE 2006, the press is running four hours a day. A big Conair silo feeds the resin to the machine.
Netstal is pushing IML by showing a 550-ton SynErgy press running a lenticular label on a stadium cup.
The three-dimensional images on the cup change as it's tilted. Reto Morger, Netstal's marketing manager, said a cup maker could even make a basic animation to take advantage of the movement.
The IML press is running a 72-cavity mold.
Shaffer said precision molding - always important in IML - is even more critical with a lenticular label, made of 10 layers of lenses and provided by Extreme Graphics.
``These lenses are expensive, so it's very important not to have bad cups,'' he said at a Tuesday news conference.
Parent company Netstal-Maschinen AG of Nafels, Switzerland, controls 80 percent of the IML market, officials said.
Netstal is running closures on a 350-ton SynErgy press - then checking them individually at the rate of 50 caps per second on a Capmaster system from Swiss supplier IMD Ltd. Morger said the device can check every closure for things like color and dimensions. Bad caps are blown off into a reject bin.
The Elion press is molding syringes on a 48-cavity mold - a clean-room medical application.