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Haitian, the giant Chinese machine builder, is adding a high-technology German-made injection molding machine to its lineup. It will be introduced to the North American market at NPE2012 by Aboslute Haitian(Worcester, MA).

January 26, 2012

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New Zhafir all-electric features two-stage injection unit

On display at NPE2012 April 1-5 (booth 1573) will be a Zhafir Mercury 1000-35/35, a tiebarless, all-electric machine from Haitian that uses side plates rather than tiebars to create 70% more mold space, allowing use of larger tools on smaller machines. The machine design is described as 30% slimmer than previous models, boosting productivity per square foot.

The toggle clamp mechanism has just two levers and a central servo direct drive. The simplified design is aimed at smoother machine operation in an effort to boost repeatability. There is no lubrication requirement. The Zhafir Mercury series became available for sale in the United States this month for the first time.

Zhafir Plastics Machinery GmbH started in 2005 as a development center to design improved injection molding machines from the ground up. Haitian acquired 91% of Zhafir Plastics Machinery GmbH in 2007, while Steffen Franz, the technical director of Zhafir, owns 9%. A 4,300 square meter manufacturing plant in Ebermannsdorf, Germany was completed at the end of 2009.

One of the first fruits of the effort was the Zhafir Venus line, which was introduced in North America at NPE2009 by Absolute Haitian (Worcester, MA), which represents Haitian in the United States and Canada. According to Haitian, melt quality is improved by separation of plastification from injection in a two-stage injection unit. A unique rinsing process is said to eliminate melt residue. Plastification occurs immediately via a high-torque motor. The injection process is controlled by a central spindle driven by a servomotor, which shortens response time and achieves speeds of up to 500mm/sec with acceleration of over 10g. There are three screw drives and three screw diameters available for each machine size.

In an interesting, energy-saving feature, the central power supply to the drives and a new generation of inverters from KEB GmbH recirculates the braking energy back into the power grid. Servo motors with low inertia reduce energy consumption during heavy acceleration. The control system from KEBA AG features a decentralized bus system that allows as many signals as possible to communicate through a standardized field bus system that is compatible with Ethernet. The signals are read through decentralized IOs (inputs and outputs) and emitted on the spot where they are needed. This guarantees precise timing and no losses of signal or disruptive influences. Optimized wiring and shorter cable lengths contribute to system stability and greater ease of maintenance.

Machines can be built in a week in Zhafir's new German plant.


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