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Ferromatik celebrates the ‘international experience’ at K 2013

"With the Mold-Masters acquisition, Milacron and its 4700 employees have a greater global reach than ever and customers will see the first synergies of the larger group at K 2013." That's the outlook of Gerold Schley, managing director of Ferromatik Milacron and VP Milacron China. Schey noted that Ferromatik Milacron machines will be on display at the Mold-Masters and DME booths, and that all six of the machine exhibits are equipped with hot runner controls from Mold-Masters and DME.

July 31, 2013

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Ferromatik celebrates the ‘international experience’ at K 2013

Injection molding machine manufacturer Ferromatik Milacron has chosen the theme “Enjoyed around the world” as the theme for its K2013 display. The international character of the company - Ferromatik Milacron is part of the Milacron group, which has four centers around the world, including Germany, USA, India, and China - is being highlighted to emphasize the global capabilities of the company, which were further boosted by the acquisition in April of hot runner specialist Mold-Masters. As Gerold Schley, Managing Director of Ferromatik Milacron and Vice President of Milacron China, said: “With the Mold-Masters acquisition, Milacron and its 4,700 employees has a greater global reach than ever and customers will see the first synergies of the larger group at K 2013.” Among other things, he added, by the fact that Ferromatik Milacron machines will be on show at the Mold-Masters and DME booths, and “because all six of the machine exhibits are equipped with hot runner controls from Mold-Masters and DME.”
Ferromatik is presenting four complete production cells featuring flexible injection molding machines in the modular F-Series, as well as two all-electric machines from its ELEKTRON series.

K 2013 will see the introduction of a new small-sized ELEKTRON machine with a clamping force of 300 kN, bringing the total number of machines in this series to eleven, ranging from 300 to 5,500 kN. A second ELEKTRON machine will produce Frisbees at the DME booth (Hall 1, booth C10). The modular F-Series, ranging in size from 500 to 6,500 kN, can be configured as an all-electric, hydraulic, or hybrid machine, depending on the user’s manufacturing requirements. At K 2013 visitors will see an all-electric F 200 with a clamping force of 2,000 kN equipped with a size 50 Advanced Performance (APe) electric injection unit. Using a 4-cavity mold and an IML system by H. Müller from Switzerland, this machine will demonstrate production of thin-walled rectangular lids with labeling. Every 3.1 s, four lids with labels weighing 8.2 g are produced. The lids are taken out of the mold laterally, monitored by a vision system for quality, stacked and removed.
Also on exhibit will be an F 350 hybrid with a clamping force of 3,500 kN, a machine built for fast and quiet operation equipped with a size 70 Advanced Performance (APh) hydraulic injection unit. Driving a 64-cavity mold by Corvaglia (Switzerland), it will produce 33 mm beverage closures with a part weight of 2.6 g every 4.5 s. Quality is monitored by a vision system from IMD Vista (Switzerland) with good/bad part separation at the machine.

An all-electric 2,700 kN cube molding machine, the F 270 CUBE will also be showcased at the Ferromatik Milacron K2013 booth. The machine, with a tie-bar spacing of 750 x 750 mm, features an electric rotating mechanism and an 8+8 cavity cube mold with four sides, both made by German-based Foboha. This machine configuration makes use of an electric General Performance (GPe) size 50 main injection unit as well as an electric GPe 45 traversing injection unit, mounted over the clamping unit on the moving platen. On each parting line of the cube mold, eight pairs of parts – the top and the bottom of a sophisticated two-component twist top – are produced. Following a 90° rotation of the cube mold, the two parts are screwed together by automation on the operator and non-operator sides of the machine and removed via an Air-Move-System made by Trio-technik (Germany). The shot weight in each parting line is 77.6 g, or 9.7 g for each twist top. The cycle time is 9.5 s.

The fourth machine in the modular F-Series, an 1,600 kN F 160 incorporating a hydraulic Advanced Performance (APh) size 45 injection unit in combination with a vertically mounted E-Multi injection unit built by Mold-Masters, will be on display at the Mold-Masters booth (Hall 1, booth A39). Using a 16-cavity mold from F&S Tool (USA), this machine will demonstrate production of closures with two components using barrier injection. The primary injection unit produces the main component while the vertical injection unit produces the core material. The impermeable barrier core material prevents gasses from getting out, and odors from getting into the interior of the part. The 4.3 g closures are produced with a cycle time of 4.2 s. As with the F 350 described above, part quality is monitored with equipment from IMD Vista.
 

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