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Machines and Processes


KraussMaffei’s new Energy Analysis Tool can be used to monitor power consumption of its machines in real time. Specific energy demand for various machine functions are displayed on the operator panel, such as mould opening and closing, plasticising, injection, holding and barrel heating. Netstal’s aXos is a freely programmable control that allows processors to build their own customised process sequence, compared to the current fixed sequence that is influenced by 15,000 parameters. The upper screen includes a membrane keyboard to show the status, axis positions and user-specific markings while the lower screen has a sequence editor and auxiliary control page. Any inconsistencies in the programme will be highlighted before activation. Husky says its new Encore programme consists of structured upgrade solutions to help customers maximise the useful life of machines less than 20 years old. It can either maintain the performance of a machine when it becomes prone to deterioration or improve its existing performance.

Boy will have its latest XS model on display

Small but packing in punch For micromoulding, Dr Boy will showcase its XS that has injection volumes from 0.1-8 cc. The model also comes in horizontal, insert moulding and cleanroom versions. Even with its small footprint, the XS allows drying, colouring and conveying systems to be installed, thus saving space. Arburg, meanwhile, will promote a new retrofittable, two-stage micro-injection unit, with a capacity for 2.3 cc, for its electric Allrounder machines. As for Engel’s single-stage micro-injection unit it can be paired with the Emotion allelectric or E-victory hybrid to achieve shot weights of less than 1 g and part weights of 0.1 g. Two new drives, ….aXos is a freely with injection speeds of 330 and 550 mm/second, are available. Wittmann programmable control Battenfeld will show its that allows processors completely redesigned all-electric Microsystem to build their own m i c r o m o u l d e r, n o w customised process available from 5-15 tonnes. Meanwhile the Männer sequence…. Group, which is typically a hot runner and injection tool supplier, will launch a micromoulding machine known as Micro-män, featuring what it says is a revolutionary concept and new standards.

Automation to complement Wittmann Battenfeld will premiere its Primus side-entry robots; and Engel, its Viper servorobots. Sepro Robotique will be presenting its S5-25 range of Cartesian robots driven by the Visual 2 CNC for easier automation with its simplified programming and control. The robot has been designed for machinery from 120-450 tonnes


Sepro will showcase its S5 line that boasts a better technical availability rate, additional strokes and higher speeds


while the S5-35 will cater to larger machines. In Sumitomo Demag’s stand, a new SDR 33 robot, which is jointly developed with Sepro, will be shown. Also, Ferromatik Milacron will exhibit its new FMR 8-5 Advanced robot, which is available in six sizes. This robot is produced by Wemo of Sweden.

Controls with improvements Sumitomo Demag will feature the NC5 control with features like the active adjust optimisation tool for adapting to machine applications using slide controls, saving cycle time and enlarging the process window. Arburg will premiere its Selogica Assistant with new features allowing the programming of entire production systems, auxiliaries and six-axis robots. It offers menu-guided, supervised set-up or teaching functions for mould sequences, with a cycle sequence created in five steps.

Work cells extend the process Billion’s 50-tonne all-electric Select machine will produce polycarbonate SD cards using a 2+2 cavity tool from PolarForm. The total injected weight is 3.7 g. The sprue is separated from the part during the holding phase. In the real production configuration, an on-line assembling unit is used. Catering to cleanroom environments, a closed cooling system in the 5

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An SD card mould from Polar-Form will be shown running on a Billion machine

3+3 mould allows for the 8 second cycle while MTFTechnik’s closed conveyor is used for part removal. It can also be fitted with a laminar flow box. Arburg will showcase the production of a rotation angle encoder as a three-component part with inserted magnetic sensors on a 70-tonne all-electric Allrounder. The part design and mould have been developed by Oechsler in cooperation with the Institute of Polymer Technology of the University of Erlangen. Its Multilift robot will be used for feeding and removing parts. Automation supplier Waldorf Technik will exhibit on Netstal’s booth a work cell for medical parts. A feature will be the 96-cavity mould and individually-controlled 96 grippers for demoulding. The parts from groups of six cavities will be deposited in 16 containers to allow for segregation of batches in case of defects. Waldorf Technik will also have a work cell on Sumitomo Demag’s stand that will be demoulding a 32-cavity mould producing pipette tips, with camera-based quality control. The unit can be adapted to a 64-cavity mould. Swiss company Beck Automation will exhibit a highly transparent PS thinwall cup part in which the decoration is visible from inside, too. The work cell comprising Netstal’s all-electric Elion, cooling technology from EF Cooling and a mould supplied by Glaroform allows for 4 cups/shot in a 3 second cycle. ◆

Beck Automation’s IML thinwall technology will be shown decorating PS drinking cups with labels printed on both sides

Machines & Processes  

IMA features issue October 2010

Machines & Processes  

IMA features issue October 2010