When it came to booth visitors, NPE2012 was the opposite of recession-racked NPE2009, held during the recession. They were ready to buy, said officials of Negri Bossi USA Inc.
“I would say that 95 percent of the visitors were key to the decision-making, and in a decision-making mood,” said Tony Firth, vice president and general manager. “Of the visitors we had, at least 70 percent were … in the market, either immediately or this year for sure.”
Bill Duff, national sales manager, said most people at NPE2009 were not ready to open their wallets.
“They were there looking to see technology, not having any particular size of machine in mind,” Duff said. “This year they came in [saying] ‘I need a 300-ton [press], I need a 500-ton. I'm looking for this particular arrangement.' They were ready to pull the trigger. They're here to buy. And that's exciting.”
Negri Bossi USA is based in New Castle, Del. Firth said the company is poised to capture market share for larger-tonnage presses, because its Italian headquarters plant is now building 2,000-ton machines to stock, for delivery in 26 weeks. The first in-stock big press will be ready by the end of July, he said.
Negri Bossi was exhibiting with its parent company, Sacmi Imola S.C., which was running a high-speed compression molding machine making caps.
The company introduced the EOS-SE series of small-tonnage, hybrid injection presses, featuring a two-platen design. The SE stands for “smart energy.” The press features a long opening stroke, very large platens and tie-bar clearances, and a twin-cylinder injection unit. Two diagonally opposed pistons move the clamp. Clamping force — in tonnage ranging from 55-130 tons — is applied by each of the four tie bars, which use integrated, high-pressure cylinders.
The clamp cylinders recirculate oil from one side of the piston to the other in a sealed system during platen movement. A variable-frequency, asynchronous, AC electric motor couples to a digital variable displacement pump. That cuts energy consumption.
The platen rides on linear bearings. The EOS line also comes with the new Orion controller.
NPE2012 also marked the U.S. launch of Negri Bossi's Vesta press, the company's third-generation all-electric presses. They come in clamping sizes ranging from 88-470 tons.
“We've beefed up the injection end. We're offering a robust product,” Firth said.
The injection unit uses twin NSK ball screws driven by independent, liquid-cooled Siemens servo motors. The ball screws feature twin recirculating faces, large-diameter balls and a high-load capacity, ball-groove design.
Vesta presses use a regenerative drive system that recovers power during breaking.
Vesta is the first Negri Bossi series equipped with the new Discovery touch-screen control, which uses the latest fiber-optic technology.
In Orlando, Negri Bossi molded parts on two Vestas: One machine molded a medical syringe on a 48-cavity mold at the machinery maker's booth while right next door at the Bauer Plastics Technology Group exhibit, another machine molded components.
Sacmi snapped out 1,600 caps per minute on a CCM48SB, a continuous compression molding machine. The caps, for water or carbonated soft drinks, flew past a CVS 052 vision inspection system.
Sacmi also showed the standalone vision system, called CHAS003, which can inspect as many as 120,000 pieces per hour.