Fakuma 2006 was another 100 percent all-electric show for Ferromatik Milacron Maschinenbau GmbH.
The Malterdingen, Germany-based firm showed five Elektra Evolution presses - including its largest one yet, with 330 tons of clamping force.
Ferromatik Milacron promptly sold its show machine, the first Elektra Evolution 300, to a German automotive molder, Gentner GmbH. Gentner molds safety-related auto parts such as air-bag covers, and seating parts and frame components for sunroof assemblies.
Founded in the mid-1960s by Walter and Paula Gentner, the Barthelmesaurach, Germany-based company has purchased more than 50 Ferromatik injection molding machines over the years. Today, Gentner runs 38 presses, with clamping forces of 27-1,430 tons.
The molder bought its first all-electric, a 55-ton Elektra Evolution, in 2005, according to Andreas Kellner, a Ferromatik Milacron application engineer. When that machine worked well, Gentner bought the 330-ton press at Fakuma. At the show, the press was running a closure cap for an inhaler on a 32-cavity hot-runner mold.
The Fakuma show in Friedrichshafen was the second in a row where Ferromatik Milacron showed nothing but all-electric presses. Besides the new 330-ton press, the company showed:
* A 33-ton Elektra Evolution molding tiny insulating bodies for connectors, with a shot weight of less than 1 gram. The screw diameter is 14 millimeters.
* A 55-ton Elektra Evolution, running in a production cell, to make a polypropylene cover for a dialysis system.
* A 121-ton machine with larger tie-bar spacing turning out packaging covers with in-mold labeling.
* A 198-ton Elektra Evolution using the company's Monosandwich coinjection and Airpress gas-assisted molding technologies to produce car door handles.