With an earth-friendly NPE2009 theme, Milacron Inc. (Booth S24012) is showing an improved Roboshot injection molding machine, a speedy new press for packaging and blow molding innovations.
The message is sustainability and responsible manufacturing, said Robert Strickley, Milacron's marketing director. Sustainability is the No. 1 issue when it comes to the plastics industry, he said.
Company officials reviewed Milacron's technology offerings at a news conference Monday at NPE2009.
In another green feature, the carpet you walk on this week at Milacron's booth is made from recycled PET. Milacron employees are even wearing shirts made of bamboo fibers.
Here are highlights from Milacron's show news:
Milacron has announced major new options on the all-electric Roboshot S2000i-B series of injection molding presses.
Fanuc Ltd. of Japan makes the Roboshot presses, and Milacron distributes them in the U.S. under a long-standing agreement. A 165-ton Roboshot is molding parts during NPE.
The new enhancements are available immediately on Roboshot presses of 55, 110 and 165 tons, with the rest of the line to be completed later this year.
All new Roboshots have lower bases, with a stronger design. The 110- and 165-ton machines have a more-compact footprint, thanks to improvements in the electrical system. The newly designed base is more rigid than conventional square tubing designs, so the base suppresses vibration.
The enhancements include high-transmission rubber belts that generate reduced noise under high-speed operation; a new high-speed ball screw for long life and noise reduction; a central lubrication system in the clamp area. Optional features include an anti-vibration package with vibration-dampening machine mounts and rubber mounting for the power cabinet frame. The result, Milacron, said, is a faster, quieter machine with less vibration.
The Roboshot also features a ServTek TCS radiant barrel heater, now designed for small-diameter barrels. Made from ceramic-fiber insulation, the TCS can reduce energy consumption 35-50 percent compared with conventional heaters. For the first time, the firm is offering TCS heater systems for barrels with diameters of 5.8 inches.
Milacron also introduces the Vitesse, a German-made press with a French name, the word for speed. The Vitesse, available in 230, 330, 440 and 550 tons, is a further development of Ferromatik's Cap-Tec press, introduced in 2006 for molding caps and closures. Strong demand for Cap-Tec machines led the company to come out with an XL version for all types of packaging.
The Vitesse also covers other industrial sectors such as the consumer goods industry, said Robert Burzler, Ferromatik sales and marketing director.
Milacron sold a Maxima MM310 coinjection machine off the show floor to Bemis Manufacturing Co., a coinjection specialist in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. The 310-ton press can do seven processes, including controlled breakout molding of soft/hard parts.
On the show floor, the Maxima is molding heat shields for an all-terrain vehicle, with an inner layer of thermoplastic vulcanizate and an outer layer of clear polyprolylene.
Milacron also is announcing but not showing in Chicago the PowerPak, a direct-drive electric injection press that provides the option of all-electric power or a hybrid blending hydraulic and electric technology. The new model is available as an all-electric on all four axes of motion clamp, injection, part ejection and the screw drive or as a combination of the ejector and injection axes as hydraulic.
Andy Stirn, market development manager, said the PowerPak offers higher performance than Milacron's Powerline NT direct-drive machines, which Milacron continues to make. The company is aiming the PowerPak at high-speed molding of thin-wall packaging, closures, and medical and consumer products.
Initially, Milacron will offer PowerPak presses in clamping forces of 440 and 550 tons. It plans to add models up to 1,125 tons, and down to around 300 tons, Stirn said.
Other features include a no-flex platen to mold parts on lower-tonnage machines, the only electric-based clamp with an improved greaseless solution for stack molds. Another advantage: Milacron said PowerPak is the only electric-based machine with stack mold capability, optional tie-bar supports and an optional, integrated greaseless carrier system.
Uniloy Milacron's partner FGH Systems Inc. (Booth S16008) is showing an all-electric Uniloy blow molder designed by B&W Blowmolding Systems in Berlin. Once the mold is closed, the machine consumes no energy. The machine only uses energy to close the mold and weld the parison consuming less energy than a hydraulic blow molding machine.
Uniloy Milacron North America is introducing a smaller Uniloy UR65 reciprocating blow molder, designed for customers that need low- to medium-volume productivity, reduced energy use and a less-expensive machine.
In other news, Cincinnati Milacron Extrusion Systems has installed a Weingartner screw-cutter at its Wear Technology plant in McPherson, Kan. The Weingartner significantly increases screw manufacturing capability.
We use the new machine primarily as a milling machine, with its focus on twin-screw manufacturing, but we also have whirling capability, said David Thiessen, engineering manager at Wear Technology.
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