KraussMaffei Corp. booked orders worth $6.5 million from NPE2009 for its three businesses injection molding presses, extruders and polyurethane processing equipment.
President Paul Caprio said that is an increase of more than 60 percent from the prior NPE, in 2003. He noted the solid results came even in the severe economic downturn that has hit the American automotive industry, and in consequence many plastics processors, extremely hard.
KraussMaffei, along with many other machinery makers, cut back its NPE spending significantly, Caprio said.
But the company in Florence, Ky. the U.S. headquarters of Munich-based KraussMaffei AG showed products from all three technology divisions, including some applications that use more than process.
For injection molding, KraussMaffei molded electronic housings on an AX all-electric press with 100 tons of clamping force. KraussMaffei expanded the housing on the machine to incorporate an LRX 50 linear robot.
Caprio said the robot is fully enclosed in the machine area, saving space and giving a clean design.
KraussMaffei partnered with Japanese press builder Toshiba Machine Co. Ltd. to develop the AX machine. KraussMaffei builds the injection unit and the controller. Toshiba assembles the machine and supplies the electric motors.
The AX was one of three injection presses at the company's NPE booth. A 1,000-ton MX two-platen machine turned out polypropylene containers. A LRX-S robot removed the parts.
To cut energy costs, the MX was equipped with a nXheat induction-barrel heating system from Xaloy Inc.
The third injection press was a fast-cycling C3 molding multicomponent closures, from PP and thermoplastic elastomers, in a 16-by-16-cavity mold on a 10-second cycle.
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