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NPE2018 Show Daily - Tuesday

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TUESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY WHEN TOMORROW'S CHALLENGES SOLVED TODAY. WWW.ADV-BLEND.COM SPEED MATTERS SILO DEGRADATION CLOGGING PRISTINE MATERIAL VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVE SEE US AT BOOTH #W8063 NPE2018 New Technology Focus: Do It in the Mold Bunঞng's Largest Ever NPE Presence Includes Technology for High-Temp Applicaঞons Five-gallon paint pails with IML are aracঞng aenঞon at the Krauss-Maffei booth. By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology At least six machinery OEMs are highlighঞng the growing popularity of in-mold labeling and decoraঞng (IML, IMD). For the first ঞme in North America, Engel (Booth W3303) is demonstraঞng the Decoject IMD process that was first shown at K 2016. Aimed at auto interiors, this automated cell feeds a thin TPO film from a roll into a mold, where it is back-injected with PP and punched out of the roll. The part gets a laser trim a[er demolding. The film imparts color, texture, gloss and feel, so a variety of parts can be made simply by changing films. Other exhibits address IML for packaging, where speed is of the essence. Arburg (Booth W1325) uses a "packaging" version of its Allrounder 570 H designed for thin-wall molding to produce four PP tubs with IML in just 1.9 sec. The decorated parts have a wall thickness of 0.0126 in. and weigh 0.12 oz. Mold and automaঞon are from Brink B.V. of the Netherlands. Absolute Robot Inc. (ARI; Booth W4182) takes its first step into IML with a side-entry system from Well-Lih in China, running a four-cavity PP yogurt-cup mold. According to ARI, its IML systems perform in the same league as industry-leading compeঞtors, but at 20-30% lower price. ARI is offering top- entry and side-entry IML systems for overall cycle ঞmes down to 3 sec and with mold- open ঞmes as short as 1.8 sec. This IML demonstraঞon is meant to show that ARI can handle complete turnkey systems with robot, EOAT, label magazine, height-adjustable frame, and opঞons like vision and stacking parts either bo•om-up or bo•om-down. Asian Plasঞc Machinery (Booth S17147) exhibits one of its top-of-the-line TSV servo- hydraulic toggles running IML. Ilsemann Automaঞon of Germany applies IML to a yogurt cup at the Trexel booth (Booth W551) in a demonstraঞon of a new thin-wall foaming process. KraussMaffei's GX 900 two-platen press with new "speed" opঞon (Booth W403) molds two 5-gal paint pails with IML in less than 14 sec, using automaঞon from Campe- tella Roboঞc Center of Italy (Booth S27009). Campetella, represented here by Hunter Automaঞon & Roboঞcs, specializes in IML with high-speed side-entry robots. A Netstal (Booth S16088) all-electric Elion 1200 (120 m.t.) is producing single-serve coffee capsules of PLA biopolymer with PLA labels from Verstraete (Booth S19154) in four caviঞes and in 6-7 sec, using roboঞcs from Beck Automaঞon, at whose booth (Booth S35146) the machine is running. Nissei's IML demo (at Booth W923) labels two-cavity drinking mugs using its new NEX- IV all-electric press (397 tons). By Tony Deligio Plascs Technology Seeking to serve customers that increasingly want to run high-temperature plasঞcs, Bunঞng Magneঞcs Co. (Booth W5563) is introducing a drawer magnet rated to 350° F. Bunঞng says the FF 350 Hi Temp Drawer Magnet can work with molding machines running higher temperatures without affect- ing the rare-earth magnets the system uses, which can be damaged by elevated heat. The Hi Temp FF drawer is typically in- stalled above the molding machine's feed throat and resin passes through the drawer to remove ferrous contaminants, ensuring a cleaner product while protecঞng downstream equipment from tramp metal. Bunঞng also upgraded the viewing window on the drawer, as well as the knobs that lock it down, to a high-temperature resistant material. Paul Hansen, Bunঞng's global markeঞng director, says that in addiঞon to drawer mag- nets for extrusion, injecঞon molding and blow molding, Bunঞng features its HISC (High-In- tensity Separaঞon Conveyor) which the com- pany says was the industry's first stainless steel separaঞon conveyor. The HISC debuted at NPE2015 and Bunঞng says it is now on hand with "a greater presence," due to height- ened industry interest in plasঞcs recycling. 26

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