During NPE2009, McCormick Place will be transformed into a wonderland of injection molding machinery all-electrics, hybrids and smart-hydraulics all designed to improve efficiency.
You'll hear a lot of boasts about lowest-cost part, remote monitoring and energy savings. In fact, green claims will be coming from booth jockeys for all types of machinery this NPE; it won't be limited to injection molding machines.
If you could get a dollar for every time you'll hear or see the word green at NPE2009, you could pay for your entire trip including dinner at a Chicago blues joint.
Here's what injection molding machine makers will be showing:
Arburg Inc. (Booth S46048): Fully electric Allrounder Alldrive presses, and complex production cells integrating robots. An assembly application running on an Allrounder 520 press with 165 tons of clamping force. Two-component molding of liquid silicone rubber together with a thermoplastic, running on a 220-ton Allrounder A. The introduction of a 352-ton Allrounder A press, demonstrating speed and precision of the all-electric technology. A vertical Allrounder V press in a production cell to show the Selogica control system. Arburg also will show micromolding on a 17-ton Allrounder S, making micro-gear wheels.
Boy Machines Inc. (Booth S50054): The E-series Boy 90 injection press, which uses a servo-electric motor drive to run the hydraulic pump, cutting energy usage by 50 percent from a standard hydraulic pump. The Boy XS series of injection presses for micromolding, with 11 tons of clamping force.
Engel Machinery Inc. (Booth S24000): A focus on all-electric injection molding machines, running a medical molding cell and a demonstration of multimaterial molding. Global introduction of the Duo Pico midsize two-platen press with Ecodrive, an energy-saving feature. An energy calculator that helps choose machine settings for the most energy-efficient operation. A 1,000-ton two-platen press running the MuCell core back expansion process for weight reduction on a prototype automotive door panel. An E-max all-electric press molding medical pipette tips.
Epco LLC (Booth S46044): Remanufacturing of injection molding presses, blow molding machines and dies.
Guangdong Liansu Machinery Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Booth S9013): Injection molding machines and extruders.
Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. (Booth S36009): Injection molding machines and services, including moves to lightweight PET bottle preforms, improve cycle times and help customers become more competitive and environmentally green.
JSW Plastics Machinery Inc. (Booth S52010): Global introduction of its injection press for molding liquid silicone rubber. A 150-ton AD-series machine. Both presses are all-electric.
Kortec Inc. (Booth S39084): First NPE showing of Gamma-Clear technology, which allows production of multilayer oriented polypropylene food and beverage containers for hot-filled or retorted applications.
KraussMaffei Corp. (Booth S36000): The new AX series of all-electric injection molding machines, which cuts energy consumption by 60 percent compared with a hydraulic machine and has a 25 percent smaller footprint. The AX series ranges in clamping force from 50-350 tons, in a five-point toggle. The moving platen is on precision roller bearings, with integrated linear robot. A 350-ton press running multimaterial packaging.
Maruka USA Inc. (Booth S18014): Toyo all-electric injection presses. Also, a two-stage granulator, the Harmo Gran Cutter, for recycling sprues and runners into uniform-sized material.
MGS Manufacturing Group Inc. (Booth S12110): Two new products under its UMS (Universal Multishot Systems) line: OEM Rotary Platens, which is a kit that lets machinery makers install a standard rotary platen on presses at the assembly site, with significant cost savings by eliminating the base plate from the turntable. The Econoline Rotary Platens offers a lower profile to reduce shut-height requirements with reduction in weight.
Milacron Inc. (Booth S24012): New features on all-electric injection presses. Earth-friendly technology introductions and application-related technical sessions. End products for injection molding. New ServTek products.
MHI Injection Molding Machinery Inc./Mitsubishi (Booth S32060): A 390-ton all-electric press with a screw designed to run long-fiber material and large electric press with a rotary table for molding automotive glazing.
Molds Unlimited Inc. (Booth N62039): Used injection presses, blow molders and auxiliary equipment, injection and blow molds.
Negri Bossi USA Inc. (Booth S50020): New Janus hybrid injection press, which uses direct-drive servomotors to run the screw and the clamp and smart-pump hydraulics for injection, ejector/ core and carriage movement. A 350-ton Janus, a 132-ton liquid silicone rubber machine and a 610-ton VE all-electric press.
Niigata Machine Techno Co. Ltd. (Booth S12056): MD-S 6000 injection press, the sixth generation of Niigata's all-electric with wider tie-bar clearances, linear guide bearing for both clamping and injection units, modular injection unit and screw designs, a clamping support design for ultra-parallelism of platens, the capability to run liquid silicone rubber, and other benefits.
Nissei America Inc. (Booth S36039): Liquid silicone rubber, hybrid and all-electric machines.
Sumitomo Plastics Machinery and Demag Plastics Group (Booth S5000): New Sumitomo SE-DUZ direct-drive all-electric and SE-HDZ high-duty all-electric. Both Sumitomos have the Z Series control. Demonstration of high-speed molding of packaging on a 606-ton Demag Ex-Exis press.
Toshiba Machine Co. America (Booth S46010): Thermoplastic and liquid silicone rubber molding machines.
Ube Machinery Inc. (Booth S32039): UN720W S-V injection press, featuring a new super-rigid platen design, new ball screws requiring 90 percent less grease, all-electric power safety gate to eliminate all pneumatics from the machine, quieter operation and fiber-optic technology to reduce heat and improve production.
Wexco Corp. (Booth S54009): Bimetallic barrels for extrusion and injection molding. Dura 686XL, new bimetallic barrel-lining alloy.
Wilmington Machinery Inc. (Booth S36054): Improved Lumina structural foam molding machine for pallets and other large parts, featuring a simplified nozzle/manifold system, streamlined independent sequential nozzle control, larger platens and electric extruder drives.
Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. (Booth S42000): Injection molding machines and robots. Complete production lines including presses and auxiliary equipment.