NPE2018 Show Daily - Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY At the Arburg Exhibit, 'Seeing Is Believing' Arburg Inc. managing director Friedrich Kanz aims to impress NPE visitors with the breadth and depth of experঞse among personnel at the booth. By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology At NPE this year, Arburg is presenঞng nine exhibits, ranging from its largest machine ever (730 tons) to micromolding. For Friedrich Kanz, president and CEO of Ar- burg's U.S. operaঞon, all this is meant to communicate three things: "We want to give a picture of the breadth of the Arburg poro- lio. We also want to show what we offer be- sides products—that we are an expert solu- ঞons provider. And we want to convey that U.S. molders can rely on the local Arburg or- ganizaঞon, because we have a full-blown support structure right here in the U.S." Regarding his first point, visitors to the Arburg (Booth W1325) can find not only its big new Allrounder 1120 H press and LSR- on-LSR micromolding, but demonstraঞons of high-speed, thin-wall packaging; lightweight automoঞve composites with fiber direct com- pounding (FDC); medical molding; verঞcal insert molding; individualized producঞon of high-volume parts using Industry 4.0 connec- ঞvity; and industrial addiঞve manufacturing with the freeformer 3D printer. And, as Kanz notes, these are not just sin- gle machines pumping out parts, but inte- grated cells with linear and arঞculated ro- bots; integrated quality checks (like checking the weight consistency of composite molded parts); automated insert loading and plasma pretreatment; and roboঞc post-mold assem- bly—most notably the snapping together of a step stool from eight pieces in a family mold on the Allrounder 1120 H. When it comes to depth of support and capabiliঞes as a soluঞons provider, Kanz says, "Seeing is believing. In our booth you will find a large conঞngent of applicaঞon engineers and turnkey automaঞon engineers. They act as consultants in the pre-sales phase of proj- ect development with the customer, and they perform factory acceptance tests of machines and complete cells, right at our facility in Rocky Hill, Connecঞcut. "And when visitors see our soluঞons here at the show, our experienced engineers are waiঞng at the demonstraঞon cells to explain in detail all of what's involved." For example, when it comes to Industry 4.0, Arburg per- sonnel makes clear that it is more than a buzzword for this company, which Kanz says "has quite a history of digitalized producঞon going back more than 30 years. Our experts can explain the pracঞcal context of Industry 4.0 for today's molders." Head of Markeঞng Dr. Christoph Schumacher demonstrates the strength of a strength of a stepstool being roboঞcally assembled from eight pieces molded in a family tool by the new Allrounde 1120 H press. 8 Enhanced Clamp and Injecঞon Specs Promote New Models from Absolute Haiঞan Absolute Haiঞan vice president Nate Smith with the new Zhafir Jenius hybrid injecঞon molding machine. The series of presses meet automoঞve needs with a servo-hydraulic, two- platen clamp plus a precision electric injecঞon unit. By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology Ningbo Haiঞan Machinery Co. in China is the world's largest injecঞon machinery sup- plier—29,500 machines, give or take, deliv- ered in 2016. The economies of scale of such an operaঞon, plus a philosophy of using widely available standard components, ac- count for two advantages, according to Glenn Frohring, president of Absolute Haiঞan, exclusive representaঞve for Haiঞan in the U.S. and Canada. One advantage is economical pricing for new machines and relaঞvely low cost of ownership when it comes to replacement parts. The second advantage, says Frohring, who has more than 32 years of experience in the injecঞon machinery business: "They have a very fast R&D cycle and can bring out new models faster than other suppliers." That prolific quality is evident at NPE, where Absolute Haiঞan will show off four new ma- chines, two of them sঞll at the preview stage. In Frohring's view, the highlight of the company's booth (W143) is the new Zhafir Jenius Series, shown for the first ঞme in the Americas to molders looking for energy-effi- cient precision molding of mid-to-large parts. "We have a lot of automoঞve custom- ers," says Frohring, "who like the shorter footprint of two-platen machines. And they run a lot of complex tooling with valve gates, cores and slides that rely on hydraulics." The Jenius (JE) Series combines the servo-hy- draulic two-platen clamp of Haiঞan's Jupiter Series with an all-electric injecঞon unit for increased precision and repeatability. That repeatability is pegged by Haiঞan at less than 0.1 percent variaঞon in part weight from cy- cle to cycle. "And the electric screw drive allows for screw recovery during clamp movements to save cycle ঞme." Other new machines on display show Hai- ঞan's responsiveness to customers' requests for wider ঞebar spacing to handle molds bris- tling with cores and slides, as well as en- hanced injecঞon pressures and faster cycles. One example is the new fast-cycling "2S" version of the Zeres electric series with inte- grated hydraulics for auxiliary funcঞons (core pulls, ejectors, nozzle touch). Its clamp and injecঞon unit have been redesigned for jobs with cycle ঞmes down to 4 sec. Previews of machines sঞll in development include the third generaঞons of both the Hai- ঞan Mars and Zhafir Venus Series. The ser- vo-hydraulic Mars MAIII has generous ঞebar spacing that allows a mold that would ordi- narily require a 300-ton press to run in a 192-tonner at the show. The all-electric Ve- nus III Series also boasts greater injec- ঞon-pressure capacity and "the industry's most generous ঞebar spacing," according to Frohring. "We build machines to saঞsfy 85-90% of injecঞon molders, rather than for niche appli- caঞons," he adds. "Not everybody knows our machines, but we have sold over 3000 of them in the U.S. and Canada over the past 11 years."

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