Milacron LLC, through its German operation, Ferromatik Milacron GmbH, will debut the new F-Series injection molding press at K 2010 opening a window to the future of Milacron machinery.
F-Series machines sport a modular design. Customers can select what type of power they want hydraulic or electric for each axis of motion. Molders can mix and match for each machine axis, to customize the most efficient machine for the application, according to the company.
Starting in 2011, the F-Series will gradually replace the existing Ferromatik Milacron lines, including the all-electric Elektra, the hydraulic K-TEC and the Vitesse hybrid press. The F-Series eventually will be available in 10 clamping-force sizes, from 50-650 metric tons. Milacron is targeting packaging, consumer goods and medical.
It allows the customer to really tailor a machine, more and more simply than ever before, to their exact needs, said Dave Lawrence, president of worldwide plastics machinery and DME.
Milacron wants to narrow its number of machine brands to offer the modular injection presses, Lawrence said in an interview at Milacron headquarters in Batavia.
Lawrence said the modular approach will help reduce costs to make the machine and shorten lead times. But it's a long-term strategy, he said.
We're not going to look at the matrix of Milacron machines and start slashing, Lawrence said. We're going to do what makes sense.
The F-Series was developed primarily at Ferromatik Milacron in Malterdingen, Germany. It's going to accomplish a number of ends. And that is, it's going to be a more reliable, more energy-efficient product, and it's going to address a segment of the market that we see a lot of opportunity in, packaging and high-speed applications.
At K 2010, being held Oct. 27-Nov. 3 in Dusseldorf, Germany, the company will run an F-Series machine molding polypropylene packaging.
Milacron is looking to share technological expertise between its global operations, Lawrence said. An example of that will be on display at K 2010, with an Elektron an all-electric press based on the Elektra that was developed by Milacron operations in Germany and India, and assembled in China that will mold business card cases.
A third press at K, a Vitesse, will demonstrate in-mold labeling to mold rectangular lids.