Toshiba press boasts a high-torque motor
Toshiba Machine Co. America introduced the ECNII injection press, the next generation of its all-electric machines - plus a new Injectivisor V30 controller.
The Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based company said the ECNII keeps the core technologies of its existing EC and ECN presses, with improvements such as a new, low-inertia injection mechanism and a high-torque motor.
ECNII presses also use high-speed mold opening and closing and part ejection, with improved mold protection.
Toshiba is offering the ECNII in clamping forces from 20-950 tons.
Features of the Injectivisor V30 include one-screen setup of processing data, an extended internal 300-slot mold memory, the use of commercially available storage media thanks to standard USB and compact flash ports, and remote control of auxiliary equipment.
At NPE 2006, held June 19-23 in Chicago, Toshiba showed five ENCII presses. One press demonstrated a micropattern imprint on a 0.4-millimeter, thin-wall polycarbonate part. The press improved the imprint factor, thanks to its optional high-speed injection unit, which has an injection speed of 550mm per second.
Another ENCII molded a 0.4mm thin-wall polycarbonate light guide for cell phones.
A two-machine work cell molded a golf-turf-repair tool, by overmolding a liquid silicone rubber grip over a plastic substrate of polybutylene terephthalate.
A fifth new all-electric molded polypropylene coasters, in a four-cavity mold, with a cycle time of less than 5.5 seconds.
Toshiba also demonstrated its real-time monitoring system, the iPaqet.
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Kautex showcases double-station unit
The worldwide marketing of the made-in-China Kautex KCC shuttle blow molding machine continued at NPE 2006, as Kautex Machines Inc. showed a KCC 20D double-station unit for making consumer packaging.
North Branch, N.J.-based Kautex Machines is the North American operation of Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH of Bonn, Germany.
The German company builds the KCC line at its plant in Shunde, China.
The machine at NPE was equipped with a WVP 140 dual-parison head, with a center distance of 10.8 inches. It produced a round, gallon-sized handleware bottle, at a rate of 1,000 bottles an hour.
The KCC is available in three clamping-force sizes, and in single- or double-clamp configurations, from 11-43 tons. A fixed, single-clamp model also is available.
Kautex also has added a series of long-stroke machines, called KLS, also for packaging.
On the industrial blow molding side, the company reports it increased sales by more than 70 percent in 2005, and now has nearly a 50 percent market share. Officials credit the sale of two six-layer coextrusion machines for fuel tanks and a seven-layer suction-blow machine for fuel filler pipes. Kautex also has become more aggressive in Mexico, resulting in orders for machines to blow mold 5-gallon polycarbonate water bottles and large canisters.
Tel. 908-253-6012, fax 908-253-9565, e-mail [email protected]
Plastic World system uses less electricity
Plastic World Inc. of Brookshire, Texas, made its NPE debut - at the NPE 2006 new technology pavilion.
The company highlighted its patented technology for reducing electricity consumption and higher productivity in injection molding and injection blow molding machinery.
Plastic World will upgrade existing machines with Smart Control and Max-E-Save, which the company claims will allow the presses to use up to 88 percent less electricity and boost productivity by as much as 56 percent. The upgrade can pay for itself in less than one year, according to the company.
Plastic World can convert machines in a customer's plant, with as little as four days of machine downtime as technicians replace the existing press controller and other hardware.
Also, machines can be sent to Plastic World's plant for complete remanufacturing.
The company also makes custom machinery.
In other news, Plastic World announced that a newly formed processor, Scientific Engineered Molding Inc., has started operating at Plastic World's 35,000-square-foot factory.
The setup allows a molder like SEM ``to have the resources of its machinery vendor on-site, while allowing Plastic World to have continuously operating equipment to show its clients,'' said PWI Chief Executive Oficer Joe Marazita.
Scientific Engineered Molding is running two Beloit injection presses, fully remanufactured by Plastic World with Smart Control and Max-E-Save.
Tel. 281-934-2600, fax 281-934-2650, e-mail [email protected]
Bosch unveils latest hydraulic products
Bosch Rexroth Corp. of Lehigh Valley, Pa., showed several new hydraulic products at NPE 2006:
* A7VK, a variable-displacement pump for pumping and metering to make polyurethane components. The feed channel is separated from the drive-work chamber to allow high-pressure filling of highly viscous fluid. Outlet pressures reach up to 3,625 pounds per square inch.
* DPQ-2X, a digital control for hydraulic injection cylinders, and the DPC digital control for hydraulic clamp systems. Both have analog or digital feedback. They feature internal DeviceNet or external analog control and easy setup. Both can be used with most brands of injection presses.
* VT-HACD-1 digital amplifier controller cards for the VT-HACD controller family for hydraulics. The product gives machine designers the freedom to integrate drive technology into decentralized automation devices.
Tel. 610-694-8298, fax 610-694-8339.
W&H debuts film line, TX dual-turret winder
Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. ran film on a three-layer Varex blown film line at NPE 2006. The company also introduced its Filmatic TX dual-turret winder for plastic film.
The Filmatic TX is an extension of the Filmatic T. Like the T, the TX features center, gap and reverse winding, plus adhesive-free web transfer. The new feature is Filmatic TX's extra-large roll diameter, of either 40 inches or 47 inches. (The T caps out at 31½ inches.)
Another new feature is the winder's floor configuration.
The Filmatic TX is available in face-to-face or back-to-back setups that place the two winders alongside one another. The T is available in a stacked format only, with one winder on top of the other.
W&H sold its first Filmatic TX sold in North America to Iso Poly Films Inc. in Gray Court, S.C. Earlier this year, Iso Poly Films bought a seven-layer Varex line to make barrier film, and the line was equipped with a Filmatic TX.
Windmoeller & Hoelscher, based in Lincoln, R.I., also announced it sold a seven-layer Varex blown film line to Atlanta-based Atlantis Plastics Inc. and a nine-layer Filmex cast film line to Excelsior Packaging Group of Yonkers, N.Y.
Tel. 401-333-2770, fax 401-333-6491.