Netstal-Maschinen AG extended its Elion electric press line at K 2010 with larger sizes and the first hybrid versions of the Elion.
Netstal also showed a new, fully customizable controller.
The company announced Elion machines with clamping forces of 220 and 280 metric tons. The two new sizes are hybrid machines, for the first time combining Elion's electrically driven clamping units with the hybrid injection system of the Evos, Netstal's hybrid press that debuted at the 2007 K show.
At K 2010 in Dusseldorf, a 280-tonne Elion molded thin-wall flower pots, and a 220-tonne Elion made caps at Netstal's stand. Both machines ran a two-second cycle.
According to Netstal, the new hybrid Elions use 50-70 percent less energy than comparable hydraulic machines.
The NÃ¤fels, Switzerland-based company also ran for the first time at a trade show a 60-cavity PET preform mold on a 200-tonne press, the PET-Line machine.
Bernhard Merki, Netstal's president and CEO, said that running a 60-cavity preform mold used to require a 350-tonne press.
Swiss mold maker Otto Hofstetter AG of Uznach supplied the mold.
Up until the K show, which ran Oct. 27 to Nov. 3, Netstal offered the PET-Line for a smaller mold of 24-48 cavities. The 60-cavity press was running preforms for half-liter bottles weighing less than 11 grams each, on a 6.5-second cycle.
Another Netstal press, an all-electric, 175-tonne Elion, molded closures for medical containers on a seven-second cycle using a 96-cavity mold.
Netstal also showed a new controller, the aXos, which boasts two screens. An upper screen has a membrane-overlaid touch screen, and a lower screen has a keyboard.
One big feature is unlimited freedom to program any sequence that is required. The aXos controller highlights any inconsistencies.
Nestal's previous controllers had fixed sequences.