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A new process-control method picks up variations in melt quality and viscosity during the injection phase and equalizes them within the same shot.
All-electric machines of all types were the stars of the show, but there were a number of other noteworthy developments.
More productivity with less energy consumption and capital investment; more operations in the machine or manufacturing cell with less time, labor, energy, and capital—these were the common themes of injection molding exhibits at October’s K 2013 show.
Here’s just a taste of the innovations on display, a selection of the top headlines not covered in our September show preview.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Trexel, MuCell, debut new technologies for automotive lightweighting.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: At K 2013, injection machine builder introduces the Freeformer, a novel machine for additive manufacturing.. But there was plenty to see in hot runners, LSR processing, and lightweighting as well.
Next month’s mammoth triennial plastics show in Düsseldorf, Germany, challenges injection molding machine builders to demonstrate technological leadership in addressing the needs of the marketplace.
“Go faster” and “integrate more functions” look to be the guiding principles of new injection molding developments to be shown by Engel Austria at K 2013 in Dusseldorf this October.
The potential for new or unusual materials to broaden the application potential of standard plastics processes was explored in a number of papers at April’s SPE ANTEC conference in Orlando, Fla.
italian molder deploys multi-component, hard/soft molding technology developed by Engel.
More speed, more power, more precision, and more automated functions accomplished in and out of the mold. That’s exactly what injection machinery suppliers were offering at NPE2012.
Hot buttons at the show will be multi-component molding, in-mold labeling/decorating (IML/IMD), in-mold assembly, medical molding, liquid silicone rubber (LSR), micro-molding, and high-speed packaging.
The MuCell process for producing microcellular injection molded parts is used and accepted globally as a technology option for providing a more dimensionally stable part through a reduction in residual stress, along with increased productivity versus solid injection molded parts.
The world’s largest injection machine equipped for the MuCell microcellular foam molding process (above) was started up in December at the technical center of Mürdter, a German molder and moldmaker in Mutlangen.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: SABIC Innovative Plastics, Pittsfield, Mass., recently opened a specialty polypropylene compounding operation at its Bay St.
Engel Austria (U.S. office in York, Pa.) has become the latest injection press supplier to offer complete turnkey molding systems for the MuCell microcellular foam process patented by Trexel Inc., Wilmington, Mass.
The largest automotive component ever molded with the MuCell microcellular process—and also the first instrument panel ever molded with this process—won the Grand Award at the 2011 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition last month.
A high-gloss surface equivalent to automotive Class-A solid molding can now be achieved with the weight savings and other benefits of microcellular foam molding, thanks to a new licensing agreement between Trexel Inc., Waltham, Mass., and Ono Sangyo Co.
At the Molding 2011 Conference in San Diego last month, sponsored by Executive Conference Management (executive-conference.com), Markus Lettau, director of sales and application engineering for custom molder Empire Precision Plastics, Rochester, N.Y., discussed some of the unique capabilities of microcellular foam molding.Empire has three injection presses equipped for the MuCell foam process licensed by Trexel Inc., Woburn, Mass.
Increasing traffic in transfer tooling from molders that have shuttered operations or are unable to successfully produce parts is driving interest in a long-established but under-utilized diagnostic technique for injection molding.