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show preview Engel puts spotlight on automation


Hall 15/B42 Engel will be demonstrating 96-cavity production of insulin pen needle holders on a 220 tonne all-electric e-Motion machine. The parts will be produced on a Braunform mould (which features 0.3mm diameter cores) and the system will include a Hekuma automation system and camera-based vision system. The company will also show two highly


automated electronics applications. The first is an insert moulding production cell which takes preformed carbon-fibre


Mercury and Mars visible at Haitian Hall 15/A41


Haitian will show a 55 tonne Zhafir Mercury machine running a cable tie application on an 8-cavity mould.


The machine, which uses


side plates in place of tiebars to reduce machine width by around 30%, will be moulding the ties in a PA12 grade.


Haitian claims the unusual frame design of the Mercury machine provides some 70% more mould space than a traditional tie-bar arrangement. The company will also


show a second generation version of its Mars design. The Mars II Eco machine uses a servo-hydraulic drive system to cut energy consumption. It will be moulding a transparent PP case weighing 135g on a 24s cycle. ❙ www.haitian.com


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reinforced casings and overmoulds them with PC/ABS.


Running on a 100 tonne e-Mac


all-electric machine, the system is completed with an in-line selective metallisation process to provide electro- magnetic shielding using hardware from Sweden’s Impact Coatings. The second electronics industry exhibit is based on a 60 tonne rotary table insert moulding machine which will be producing four-pin connectors in a mould from Conttek of Germany. The demonstration


uses an Engel Viper 20 robot to load pre-assembled punched pin inserts into the mould and to remove the parts. The machine maker will also show the


VarySoft system process developed by Swiss mouldmaker Georg Kaufmann for application of a soft touch surface onto a thermoplastic substrate. BASF and Hennecke also play a part in this applica- tion, which will be producing a soft touch automotive dashboard on a Duo 3550/650 Pico Combi M injection. ❙ www.engelglobal.com


Arburg electrifies closure production


Hall 13/A13 Aside from the new electric Allrounder 820 model (detailed in last month’s edition of Injection World), Arburg will be presenting a number of novel production cells at K including a full electric Cube mould system for juice closures. Developed with mouldmak-


er Foboha, the system will be running on a 320 tonne electric two-component Allrounder 720 A with the second injection unit mounted horizontally on moving platen. In this applica- tion, both rotation of the cube and movement of the linear slide in the 12+12-cavity mould


Battenfeld gives foam a fine finish


Hall 16/D22 Wittmann Battenfeld will be using the show to demonstrate its Cellmould and BF-Mold technology combination, which allows production of struc- tured foam mouldings with a high quality surface finish. The process will be running on an EcoPower machine


producing a decorative automotive interior part. The BF-Mold system – which cycles the mould surface temperature during the moulding process – eliminates the poor quality finish usually associated with foamed processing. The 240 tonne EcoPower


moulding machine will be running a mould from Schaumform of Germany and will be equipped with a Wittmann W822 robot. The machine will be fitted with the HiP high precision opening module to support production of this demanding part. ❙ www.wittmann-group.com


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are driven electrically. The company will also show the particle-foam composite injection moulding (PCIM) developed together with Ruch Novaplast and Krallmann. The process demonstrated at K involves production of a plastic


model airplane wheel by injecting the hub onto a particle-foam tyre before transferring the part using a 6-axis robot to overmould the tyre with TPE. The robot then packages the finished wheel. ❙ www.arburg.com


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