FERNTHAL, GERMANY (Oct. 12, 9:50 a.m. EDT) — Dr. Boy GmbH & Co. will show a new controller and mold parts on seven presses at K 2007, Oct. 24-31 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
At partner booths, Boy (hall 13, booth A43) also will run five more of its injection molding machines, including one demonstrating an interior foaming process on a flying disc at the booth of RÃ¶dermark, Germany-based Incoe International Inc. (hall 1, booth B9).
Procan Alpha is an easy-to-use controller with a touch-screen monitor. Operators can type messages on a notepad or even write them out. Screen pages are arranged logically. Also, the complete operation manual is stored in the controller.
Several features are patented, including interactive learning, which rapidly achieves actual values for fast startup and setup times.
Here is what Fernthal-based Boy will show in Dusseldorf:
* A press with 12 metric tons of clamping force, doing microinjection molding of microgears. A robot removes gear wheels and conveys the tiny parts, via compressed-air hoses, to special containers, all sorted by their respective mold cavity. The robot is mounted on the moveable side of the two-platen clamping system, and so it requires no additional safety housing. The press has what Boy said is the world's only 12-millimeter plasticizing unit, a size that reduces material dwell time so the press can run a wider range of materials.
* A 35-tonne Boy, equipped with a stuffing device, molding one-component solid silicone. A separate control is not needed, since the process is handled through the machine controller.
* A 55-tonne press, turning out pipettes for insulin syringes in a 32-cavity mold. The press is equipped with a double pump and electric screw drive. Boy molds the pipettes on a 6.8-second cycle time. Cycle time was cut by nearly two seconds because the press does simultaneous opening, ejection and metering.
* A 90-tonne Boy with a double pump, equipped with hot-runner tooling, producing thin-wall cable binders from glass-filled nylon on a 24-cavity binder mold with an 18-zone hot-runner control. A compact, automatic conveying device is installed below the cantilevered clamping unit. As soon as a container is filled, the machine controller sends a signal and removes it, placing an empty container below the discharge unit.
* Automatic overmolding of insert molded parts on a 55-tonne Boy VV. The press molds four different-sized, hexagonal screw pins. A six-axis robot then moves the parts to each of their individual processing areas. The small, modular automation system can be changed to make another part.
* A 22-tonne press, equipped with a small clean room, molding and packaging catheters for infusion bottles.
* A standard 35-tonne press molding an aerator.