Husky Injection Molding Systems (Bolton, ON, Canada) has announced significant investments in its PET Tooling business. With the creation of a dedicated tooling team, focused investment on technology and increased global delivery capabilities, Husky said that it is demonstrating its commitment to providing solutions that maximize efficiency throughout the entire lifespan of its customers’ equipment.
“As an OEM supplier, Husky has always taken responsibility for supporting our customers throughout the entire lifecycle of their equipment. The strategic changes we have implemented to our PET Tooling organization are helping to strengthen our global infrastructure and product offerings,” said Thomas Bonhempi, General Manager, PET Tooling. “We are dedicated to maximizing the value of our customers’ tooling and are developing increasingly flexible solutions around our equipment that enhance value for all production volumes and packaging applications.”
One recent example is Husky’s patented Self-cleaning Technology, which eliminates hundreds of hours of mold maintenance a year. Originally developed for HyPET HPP5, Self-cleaning Technology is now available for all HyPET platforms.
Husky’s Integrated Mold Alignment is another example of how the latest HyPET HPP5 technologies are being applied to legacy platforms. Integrated Mold Alignment uses strategically placed sensors to provide closed-loop feedback from the molding cell to the system operator. The feedback results in prolonged mold life, reduced regular maintenance intervals and lowered maintenance costs.
Husky hot runners are benefitting from similar advances. An example is the new Ultra G-PET hot runner designed to replace legacy solid skirt technology. By implementing the HyPET HPP5 hot-runner design, customers benefit from increased longevity with an attractive payback, said Husky. The company has also developed a new 96- and 128-cavity upgrade for HyPET systems, enabling customers to achieve a more than 30% increase in production capacity.
Over the last three years, Husky has made strategic investments to further improve its global refurbishment and conversion capabilities that allow the company to expedite delivery, reach more customers, reduce lead times and provide the most effective tooling solutions. Additionally, to provide more responsive and agile support, Husky recently established a dedicated cross-functional global team of experts solely focused on serving customers’ PET tooling needs. This will help support the industry’s growing trend toward increasingly regional applications with shorter lifecycles and lower volumes, requiring tooling solutions that are more cost effective, faster to market and have quicker changeover times.
This is complemented by prototyping laboratories located in Canada, Luxembourg and Shanghai, assisting customers in the development of new preform and closure designs, said Husky, adding that this ensures designs are customized to the specific needs of each customer’s unique application in terms of preform quality, product performance, part weight, tooling flexibility and cycle time.