Arburg GmbH & Co. KG is extending its clamping force range in the U.S. market to 730 tons with the hybrid Allrounder 1120 H injection molding machine.
Its largest-size machine is being introduced in the United States for the first time outside Germany at NPE May 7-11. The Lossburg, Germany, injection molding machinery maker will have the 730-ton press on display at Booth W1325.
The 730-ton Allrounder 1120 H was previously shown in October at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Friedrich Kanz, president and CEO of the company's U.S. subsidiary Arburg Inc. in Rocky Hill, Conn., said the expanded size range of its Allrounder machine is "another critical step to our success and growth in the U.S."
"U.S. molders have been asking Arburg over and over to continue producing larger machines and, of course, we keep listening," Kanz said in a news release.
With the addition of the 730-ton press, the company's machine clamping force range has increased by 30 percent, he added. Clamping forces for hybrid Allrounders, specifically, start at 39 tons.
The Allrounder 1120 H can be equipped with Arburg's Gestica control system, which features easy-to-use operating gestures similar to touch screens on a smartphone or tablet. For example, acceleration or deceleration can be controlled with the swipe of a finger along a bar near the edge of the screen, the company said.
At NPE, the press will be molding a folding step stool in a fully automated process. The step stool consists of eight parts made from polypropylene. The parts are produced each cycle in a single shot on a family mold. With assistance from a six-axis robotic system, the 2.4-pound step stool can be made in a cycle time of 60 seconds.