NPE2018 Show Daily - Monday

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MONDAY N PE 2 018 Innovaঞons in Molding, Machine Texturing, Micro-Fluidics and More at Canon Virginia Booth Canon Virginia is introducing its new Mulঞ-Mold System. Running in a customized Sumitomo press, the system is running two separate molds simultaneously using a proprietary shuling process that reduces cost, lead ঞmes and waste by enabling dual, mulঞ-product molding. By Cynthia Kustush MoldMaking Technology Canon Virginia Inc., located in Booth W223, has brought the wow factor to NPE2018 this week, showcasing not only its custom mold-manufacturing capabiliঞes and signa- ture vision systems, but introducing a new, sleek mulঞ-mold system, new machine tex- turing technology and a new focus on medi- cal contract manufacturing. Takashi Arai, vice president, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group at Canon, emphasizes the company's conঞnual pursuit of innovaঞon to provide customers with new and beer ways to achieve efficiency in cycle ঞme, mold changeovers and overall producঞvity. Experience up close many of Canon Virginia's signature vision systems including this 3D vision system. Using cuমng-edge opঞcs, image recogniঞon and data processing to achieve three-dimensional recogniঞon of producঞon parts, the "eye" snaps mulঞple images to quickly create a 3D image of the part. An example is the new Mulঞ-Mold Sys- tem, which runs two separate molds in one press simultaneously. NPE aendees can see the system in acঞon as it runs in a custom- ized Sumitomo (SHI) Demag press in Canon's booth. This is how it works: Plasঞc material is injected into the first mold. The system then moves the first mold outside the machine chamber for cooling and moves the second mold in place for processing. Then the first mold returns in the machine and ejects its parts, while the second mold moves outside of the machine for part cooling. In addiঞon, the retrieval robot can handle two types of parts with different shapes in cooperaঞon with the system. This "mold shuling" process repeats for the next cycle and so on. According to Arai, this system helps transform idle cooling ঞme into producঞve ঞme by shuling a second mold into producঞon. The user can program changing condiঞons like pressure, temperature, injec- ঞon speed and clamp force as specified for each mold and the system con- trols the parameters automaঞcally as the mold shules back and forth. The proprietary process accomplishes dual, mulঞ-product molding by the same machine without error or loss of ঞme, achieving reducঞons in cost, ঞme and waste. Canon entered the medical contract man- ufacturing arena last year and is giving medi- cal customers a taste of its custom manufac- turing capabiliঞes, including precision mold- making for the medical industry. Aendees can see, up close, as another Sumitomo press demonstrates injecঞon molding of a microflu- idic product. As if that were not enough, Canon is also spotlighঞng proprietary technology with the introducঞon of machine texturing for molds that can replace tradiঞonal chemical process- es. Arai says that with some proprietary vi- sion technology, Canon machine texturing can reduce lead ঞmes compared to chemical processes, plus improve mold life and reduce downঞme and costs. "This next-generaঞon technology creates product textures that the human eye perceives not as flat surfaces, but as paerns with tacঞcal differenঞaঞons based on human sensory response. It creates very precise paerns with delicate features unlike chemical processes that can have wide deviaঞons in texturing," he says. Finally, Canon has a lot of machine-vision systems on display, including 3D vision. Watch as the "eye" uঞlizes cuমng-edge op- ঞcs, image recogniঞon and data processing to achieve three-dimensional recogniঞon of producঞon parts that are randomly piled in a bin and then snaps mulঞple images to quickly create a 3D image of the part. Molds are running parts to demonstrate Canon's mold-manufacturing capabiliঞes, with parts automaঞcally assembled into a box using roboঞc arms and handed out to aend- ees to take home. 91 M AY 7 TH NPE.ORG

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