Schwertberg, Austria — Engel Holding GmbH added an all-electric injection molding machine with a clamping force of 130 metric tonnes to its e-mac brand line.
Engel says the e-mac series is suitable for precision applications with cycle times of more than four seconds and is the most economical all-electric injection molding machine.
The e-mac 130 offers high output and efficiency in a compact design. Engel says the machine has the smallest available injection unit and measures only 4,400 millimeters (about 14 ½ feet) in length while the clear tie-bar width is 530 x 530 mm (20.8 inches). This means that the e-mac 130 offers the largest tie-bar spacing among all-electric injection molding machines with a comparable clamping force, Engel says.
The new size enables the machine to adapt even more specifically to the requirements of applications in the electronics, packaging, medical technology and technical molding sectors, according to Engel.
One customer, Harting Technology Group, is using an e-mac 465/130 to produce actuators for its Han-Quick Lock brand connector systems in a 16-cavity mold.
Engel says all-electric injection molding machines are preferred for connector component production to ensure dimensional accuracy and repeatability of the filigree structures.
The actuators are very small precision components produced with polycarbonate containing glass fibers for strong wall thickness and high rigidity for reliable function.
Depending on the connector type, almost 100 actuators can fit in a single housing. The Harting system enables fast and easy connection of stranded conductors, which group together to make a single, flexible conductor.
Engel says it uses Harting connector systems in its presses.
The e-mac 465/130 also is equipped with an Engel viper 12 linear robot for part removal and depositing in the production of plug actuators.
Engel will demonstrate the e-mac 130 in a challenging connector component production application during the company's "e-xperience" virtual tradeshow scheduled for from Oct. 13-16, which are the dates originally planned for Fakuma 2020.
For more information, go to www.engelglobal.com/experience.