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Husky launches next-generation HyCAP4 at K 2016
August 4, 2016
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Husky Injection Molding Systems (Bolton, ON, Canada) announced the launch of its next-generation system for high-output beverage closure molding, HyCAP4. Husky will be demonstrating the all-new HyCAP4 system for the first time at K 2016 in hall 13, stand A61. The trade show runs from October 19 to 26 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Husky launched its HyCAP platform in 2009, and it quickly became the industry-leading integrated solution for beverage closure molding, according to Husky. The latest generation includes several new capabilities and features that combine industry-leading performance and productivity with energy efficiency. The system is also equipped with intelligent features that make it easier to use, with simplified controls for faster process set-up and improved repeatability.
As the industry’s only single-source provider of integrated beverage closure injection molding machines, molds, hot runners, temperature controllers, auxiliaries and productivity improvement software, Husky has designed HyCAP4 such that all components work together seamlessly.
The Polaris HMI has been redesigned with a 19-inch full color display and a more intuitive layout for simplified navigation that provides quick access to vital information and process parameters.
To optimize productivity and efficiency while producing high-quality, lightweight closures, Husky made adjustments such as electrification of the clamp motion, servo-variable pumping technology and a regenerative clamp stroke. Combined, these enhancements deliver up to 40% improvement in energy consumption over the previous generation, without sacrificing performance, explained Husky.
Additionally, by integrating more intelligence into the system, operators of all skill levels are able to maximize productivity and part consistency. Enhancements include a new part eject assist feature to ensure a consistent freefall of closures at the fastest cycles, and sensor-driven mold alignment to reduce mold wear. Husky’s patented intelligent Mold ID technology helps to further simplify start-up and improve ease of use while providing information on mold maintenance, process set-up and operation for each start-up.
“Husky is committed to reducing our customers’ total cost to produce,” said Gerardo Chiaia, Husky’s President of Global Beverage Packaging. “We do this by focusing our development effort on meaningful innovations that deliver on what the processor needs most: More productivity, increased ease-of-use and reduced energy consumption. These are all achieved by specifically designing the mold, machine, hot runner, auxiliary equipment and software to work in harmony while adding more automation to make the system fully integrated and intelligent.”
About the Author(s)
Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."
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