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Technology review | 2013 More from the big plastics show

In this first edition of Injection World for 2014 we round up our coverage of the K show in Germany, which took place in October 2013. While the focus of our coverage of the show in the November/December 2013 edition was more to business and strategic news, this edition takes a detailed look at the process and technology demonstrations and innova- tions unveiled at the Dussel- dorf fairground.

If you are one of the thousands of people that registered for magazine subscriptions at our stand in the North Entrance of the K2013 exhibition centre, then welcome to your first edition. And thanks to the many regular readers that stopped by to give us feedback on the publications – I’m pleased to say that was overwhelmingly positive. Don’t forget, whether you

are a new or regular reader, if you missed any of our K preview editions they are all still available in our on-line archive. Just click on the links here to read any of the K2013 previews and special K2013 show features: K2013 Show Preview K2013 Show Issue K2013 Show Review Part One

Machine buyers go high-tech Sustainability drives innovation Top technologies at K2013 The lightweight revolution And remember, the

countdown to K2016 has already started. The world’s plastics industry will be back in Dusseldorf once again from 12-26 October 2016.

Mold-Masters adds options for e-Multi

Milacron group company Mold-Masters added two new additions to its e-Multi range of portable auxiliary injection units.

The EM4-550 and

EM2-16 extend the range to 12 variants covering maximum shot volumes from around 8 to 500cm3 Designed to allow


multi-component moulding to be carried out on a conventional moulding machine with a single injection unit, e-Multi units feature electric servo-mo- tor plasticising drive and incorporate standard Euromap and SPI interfaces for simple connection. The company has also added a new mounting option. The e-Multi radial mount option allows the unit to be swung to the side for mould changes. ❙

Billion’s biggest Select gets the Thumbs Up

French injection machinery maker Billion demonstrated its largest electric model to date – the 600 tonne Select 600T – as part of a custom auto- mated folding crate production system developed for the UK housewares firm Thumbs Up. The 600T is a hybrid design that uses electric drives on all axes except injection, which is hydraulic and powered by the French company’s own energy-efficient Minimax pump system. The company claimed a consumption of 0.35 kW/kg for the K exhibit. Billion CEO Korbinain Kiesl

made it clear that larger all-electric models are in the development pipeline. “My vision is to go bigger than this. The all-electric market is very important to us and there will be bigger definitely. It is not just for the energy consumption but for repeatability,” he said.

With 48 installed Billion machines, UK-based Thumbs Up is one of the French company’s largest customers. The 600T machine will be used to produce 600g PP folding crates – a brand new product line for the housewares maker – and uses a fully automated injection moulding and assembly process. The eight component parts

are produced in a stack mould produced by Pearlmaster of

Portugal with material fed via a hot runner supplied by Yudo of South Korea. Automation was supplied and integrated by UK-based HiTech Automation. The parts are removed from the mould by a twin arm Hi-Tech CR20-2 robot with Fanuc Powermotion CNC controller and assembled beside the machine using a pair of Fanuc M710 articulated robots with R30iB controls. ❙

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