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will be running among the Arburg (Hall 13/A13) exhibits.

One of the big benefi ts of Cube moulds is the ability

to incorporate assembly into the moulding cycle. But this high level of automation comes at a cost. Zahoran- sky (Hall 2/A02) will be showing a lower-cost version of its TIM (Total Integrated Manufacturing) cube mould design at K. TIM-Light combines a turn stack with external assembly stations, sacrifi cing a little cycle time in return for a reduced capital investment. New machinery additions for packaging moulding

applications include Engel’s e-Speed 650 (Hall 15/B52), a hybrid design that uses a fl ywheel-based energy recovery system to reduce both energy consumption and connected load. The 650 tonne machine is claimed to dry cycle at less than 2.5s. Sumitomo SHI Demag (Hall 15/D22) also extends its packaging machinery options with a packaging version of its modular Systec machine.


Wittmann Battenfeld will be running a production cell using two linked MicroPower micromoulding machines to produce a microfl uidic assembly. The cell, developed by MicroSystems UK, links the two machines using a Scara robot mounted on a linear axis running in a cleanroom tunnel. The process involves producing two carrier parts in the fi rst machine, which are then collected by the robot and taken to an camera inspec- tion unit before being assembled, placed in the mould in the second machine and overmoulded with TPE. Engel (Hall 15/B52) will also be demonstrating

automated moulding and assembly for the medical sector. It will produce three-component blood transfu- sion drip chambers comprised of two chamber elements in ABS and PP which are brought together around an internal fi lter and overmoulded with PP to form a fi nished part in a one-step process.

Electrical/Electronic RocTool’s variothermal (heat-cool) mould temperature control technology (Hall 15/C41) will be used to produce a complex overmoulded carbon composite mobile phone shell on the Engel stand during the show. The variothermal technology is used both in the sheet forming and overmoulding processes and results in a top quality glossy surface despite considerable wall thickness variation. The cell includes in-line metallisa- tion to provide EMC shielding. Connector manufacturers may want to stop at the Momentive stand (Hall 8a/G45), where the company will be demonstrating two-component moulding using a UV- curing LSR component. Austrian company Elmet has

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developed the enabling UV vulcanising mould technol- ogy, which allows LSR to be cold-cured so it can be combined with thermoplastics such as PP.

Machine introductions K2013 also sees some notable new injection machinery launches. Wittmann Battenfeld (Hall 16/D22), for example, makes clear its intention to be a player in the large machinery sector with the introduction of a 1,500 tonne version of its MacroPower. Engel (Hall 15/B52), meanwhile, introduces a full

electric version of its long-established tiebar-less machine concept. The e-Motion 30TL uses a three-point toggle clamp that works with a new fl ex compensator built into the fi xed platen to provide levels of platen alignment and mould wear that the company claims outperforms tiebar machines. Canadian hot runner systems developer Mold Hotrunner Solutions (Hall 1/A09) is making its fi rst step into the machinery market with the M3 – a dedicated micromoulding machine capable of runner-less production at up to 32-cavities. The company claims the M3 can produce 32 parts with shot weights of 10mg or less every fi ve seconds. It also uses a modular and simplifi ed mould design that makes it possible to produce up to eight different parts at one time.

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Above: Engel’s 700 tonne vDuo machine is the largest vertical unit the

company has ever run at a

show. It will be producing RTM

composite latch covers for

KTM’s X-Bow sports car

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