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Milacron brought its one-brand show to Europe this week, introducing its integrated approach at the international plastics processing show Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany, by assembling all of its businesses—Ferromatik, Mold-Masters, Uniloy, DME, Tirad and CIMCOOL—on one stand.

Norbert Sparrow

October 16, 2015

2 Min Read
Medical is hot stuff for Milacron's Mold-Masters at Fakuma

Milacron brought its one-brand show to Europe this week, introducing its integrated approach at the international plastics processing show Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany, by assembling all of its businesses—Ferromatik, Mold-Masters, Uniloy, DME, Tirad and CIMCOOL—on one stand.

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Mold-Masters' Summit series.

During a press conference at the company’s bustling booth on Oct. 14, John Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer for melt delivery, control systems and fluid technologies, summarized the company’s many milestones of 2015, which included going public and unveiling the “One Milacron” concept. He then handed it off to Milacron’s various brand ambassadors, including Hans Hagelstein, Mold-Masters’ Vice President and General Manager, EMEA.

Medical applications have Mold-Masters’ attention because, noted Hagelstein, “it is a growing market” for the hot runner company. Automotive, not surprisingly, is the fastest growing segment and packaging is still healthy, he added. At Fakuma, Mold-Masters showcased its new Summit series hot runners, a premium line that Hagelstein described as ideal for medical applications and the processing of sensitive materials.

The chemical-resistant, stainless-steel Summit series hot runners achieve significantly less thermal variation from set point than nozzles with a heater band, according to the company. With under 5% temperature variation, the nozzle series is suitable for molding shear and temperature-sensitive resins such as polycarbonate, POM and PBT. A coating on the front ends of the valve pins enhances quality and durability, and integration of EcoDisk technology—a ceramic pad placed between the clamp plate and pressure disk—combines thermal stability with energy-efficient performance. The system also includes an anti-leakage valve disk stem and individual electric actuators. 

At Fakuma, Mold-Masters also highlighted its Melt-CUBE technology, which provides precise cavity-to-cavity balance, vestige control, easy start-up and low injection pressures for a range of crystalline and amorphous side-gating applications. Melt-CUBE is suited for deep-draw parts such as pipettes, syringe barrels, needle shields and smaller parts that accommodate side gating. Advantages of the system include easy tip removal from the press, single or dual gating, minimal distance between the gate and parting line, a range of angled nozzle options and 20% greater pitch density than circular models.

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Norbert Sparrow

Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 30 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree.

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