Toshiba Machine Corp. electrified NPE2012 by showing six work cells running with its EC SX all-electric injection molding presses.
Toshiba molded parts for automotive, medical and packaging. Two Toshibas molded consumer goods at supplier booths.
“Together, these six work cells show molders how the EC SX enables them to move from one market to the next, increasing their profitability,” said Mike Werner, Toshiba technical sales manager. The all-electrics improve repeatability and energy efficiency, he said.
Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Toshiba Machine also has revamped its organizational structure, after promoting Tom McKevitt to general manager of the injection press business.
At NPE, Toshiba announced that its four divisions in the Americas — injection molding, machine tools, die-casting machines and robots — have been consolidated and are being led by Toshiba Americas President Jerry Shizui and Katsuo Ito, regional office headquarters director.
McKevitt, who reports directly to Shizui, is responsible for Toshiba's injection molding business in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Under McKevitt will be regional managers for each of Toshiba's three technical centers. A fourth location will open later this year in the Midwest.
Toshiba also named Miami-based Plastec USA as its sales representative for Latin America. Plastec will play a key role as Toshiba expands into Brazil. Plastec's U.S. headquarters also will serve as a technical center.
In other news, Zipps LLC will lead customer training sessions for Toshiba on the EC SX's V50 controller in May, June and July.
Also, Toshiba is sponsoring a Technology Days event May 23-24 in Elk Grove Village.
Toshiba ran these molding demonstrations at NPE2012:
* A 110-ton EC SX press molded polycarbonate medical syringes. Toshiba's new Clean Flow Box, a portable enclosure covering the material feed end, created a clean room environment. A Yushin robot removed syringes from the mold; a Toshiba Scara robot put parts into partitioned cartons.
* A 200-ton EC SX did in-mold-labeling of thin-wall polypropylene cheese containers using an Imdecol IML system.
* A high-cycling work cell with a 390-ton EC SX ran cutlery using 25 percent recycled polystyrene.
* In an automotive work cell, a 200-ton EC SX ran equipped with a Star robot and Toshiba's new six-axis, vertical, articulated robot.
* At Asaclean's booth, a 55-ton EC SX molded flying disks. At Wexco Corp.'s booth, a 110-ton EC SX with a Wexco barrel and a Mold-Masters vertical injection unit made two-color poker chips.