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The global magazine for injection moulders, mould makers and product designers. Published monthly, it covers developments in: injection moulding machines; ancillaries; tooling; software; polymers; …

The global magazine for injection moulders, mould makers and product designers. Published monthly, it covers developments in: injection moulding machines; ancillaries; tooling; software; polymers; additives; and key end-use markets.

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  • 1. September 2010 Zooming in on micro-moulding K 2010 exhibition preview in-mould labelling in action german marKetS analySed
  • 2. Netstal at the K 2010 Netstal 20I0 One step ahead Bring on the future. Injection moulding solutions from Netstal. Now is the time: at the K, the world’s biggest plastics trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, Netstal will showcase innovations that leave previous industrial solutions 10 far behind. Why not drop in and take progress home with you? the K 20 Netstal at nd D24 Sta Hall 15 / Netstal-Maschinen AG | www.netstal.com
  • 3. contents 04 Industry news A round-up of the latest injection moulding related news from around the world. pAge 4 06 Deutschland delivers As the world’s plastics industry gets ready to converge on düsseldorf, AMi’s carole Kluth examines market trends in the German plastics industry. 12 Great achievements in small packages Peter Manser reviews the latest micro moulding machinery developments that are pAge 6 allowing the production of ultra small, high specification parts. 19 In-mould labelling: From milk to moulding in-mould labelling offers a wide range of benefits and is not as hard to do as you may think, as one Scottish dairy farm recently discovered. pAge 19 23 Automation drives IML growth As demand for in-mould labelling grows around the world, automation systems are becoming more sophisticated. we look at new developments from wittmann. 27 What’s new in labelling and decoration the latest applications of durable in-mould decoration from ornamin; and Arburg and Swiss robotics demonstrate iMl capabilities. pAge 2 28 Optimising the operation of non-return valves in the latest article in his process optimisation series, john Goff focuses on how to obtain the best performance from the non-return valve assembly. 33 K 2010 preview: This way for innovation... pAge with the countdown to K well underway, we report on a selection of innovative machinery and materials developments to look out for in düsseldorf. 48 Dates for your diary coming next issue ❙ K 2010 exhibition show issue ❙ Quick mould changes ❙ Automotive applications ➤ Click here to make sure you get your copy contact us Applied Market Information Ltd Head of business publishing: Andy Beevers e-mail: abe@amiplastics.com AMi House, 45-47 Stokes croft, Editor: Annie ellerton e-mail: annie@injectionworld.com Bristol, BS1 3QP, United Kingdom Contributing editors: lou reade e-mail: editorial@injectionworld.com tel:+44 (0)117 924 9442 nadya Anscombe e-mail: editorial@injectionworld.com Fax:+44 (0)117 989 2128 Advertisement manager: claire Bishop e-mail: claire@amimagazines.com www.amiplastics.com direct tel: +44 (0)20 8686 8139 © Copyright Applied Market Information. No part may be reproduced without the prior written permission of the publisher. www.injectionworld.com September 2010 | injection world
  • 4. news cinpres acquires Melea gas-assist patents cinpres Gas injection’s agree- based Gain technologies. For financial and legal claims.” Front fenders made from ment to buy gas-assisted nearly two decades there has “the positive thing is that Sabic’s resin achieve a 50% moulding patents from the been an international legal there can now be no further weight reduction liquidator of Melea means that dispute between the companies confusion – cinpres will be the moulders can now confidently after Gain technologies undisputed owner of all the Sabic helps automakers benifit from the technology, launched patent lawsuits appropriate gas-assisted free from fear of potential against cinpres. Melea was technologies. customers can legal issues. cinpres’ managing director wound up last year after it lost a defining case in the english now buy our technologies without fear of contested lose weight jon Butler confirmed that he is patent courts. cinpres will claims and counter-claims Mitsubishi Motors’ new rVr acquiring all the remaining acquire the Melea trading name. between cinpres and Melea – has front fenders made from Melea patents, which are part the patent dispute has held or any other party,” he said. Sabic innovative Plastics’ of a complex web of intellec- back the adoption of gas- in gas-assisted moulding, noryl GtX resin. By replacing tual property divided between assisted moulding over the gas, usually nitrogen gets steel with this high-perform- the two companies. “we’ve years. Butler continued, “we pumped inside the mould, ance resin, Mitsubishi has agreed a price and payment didn’t seek the original dispute producing hollow parts as it reduced their weight by terms and we’ve made the first and felt that we had little pushes the melted plastic out almost 50 percent. of the payments,” said Butler. choice but to defend our against the mould. Gas-assist in developing its newest Melea, which is based in intellectual property – not the can reduce resin costs, improve compact crossover rVr, Gibraltar, is in liquidation. it least, to protect those of our surface finish and reduce Mitsubishi engineers made owned the gas-assist patents customers, who were using our moulded-in stresses in parts. every effort to reduce part that were marketed by US- technologies, from unjustified ❙ www.cinpres.com weight to achieve best-in- class fuel efficiency. the resin has contributed to this Asahi Kasei PP compound by reducing vehicle body weight by 3 kg. can compete with lFts the material also provides greater design freedom than metal, says Sabic. By Asahi Kasei Plastics north economic benefits of short- creep resistance at elevated injection moulding noryl GtX America has developed a new glass-filled PP. thermylene P8 materials. resin, Mitsubishi designers PP compound that its says can is claimed to give superior the compound has been were able to create a compete with long-glass-fibre- creep resistance at room selected by Faurecia interior complex fender geometry filled PP, while offering the temperature and comparable Systems for the inner door that featured a sharp front module on the jeep liberty edge and a side slot for an SUV. one of the reasons for indicator lamp. this design specifying thermylene P8 for would have been difficult to this part, which would typically fabricate in steel because it be moulded using long-fibre- would require multiple steps, filled PP, was the compound’s tools and operations. the screw/torque retention. resin also has greater ❙ www.asahikaseiplastics.com flexibility than steel, which helps provide better impact This inner door module for absorption in pedestrian the Jeep Liberty is being incidents, as well as recovery moulded using Asahi Kasei’s after minor collisions. PP compound ❙ www.sabic-ip.com injection world | September 2010 www.injectionworld.com
  • 5. International Trade Fair news No. 1 for Plastics and Rubber Worldwide Iwasaki and Teijin make plastic LED breakthrough Iwasaki Electric and Teijin of says that it cuts energy Japan have jointly developed consumption by 90%, lasts the first all-plastic LED lamp roughly seven times longer for outdoor applications. It is and is brighter. moulded using a high thermal Teijin is scaling up produc- conductivity polycar- tion of its Raheama bonate compound carbon fibre filler that incorporates that it says can Teijin’s Raheama conduct heat conductive carbon better than silver or additive. Such lamps copper. It is made of are typically made using 50-200 micron long fibres aluminium. Named the LED cut from cylindrical graphite with a diameter of about 8 k-online.de Eyelamp, the new lamp will microns. The material is said go on sale by the end of this to disperse well in plastics year and Iwasaki expects initial allowing the production of annual sales of 30,000 units. It highly efficient moulded heat Buy your ticket now +++ at an attractive price +++ is designed to replace sinks in a wide range of shapes in the Online Ticket Shop +++ at www.k-online.de/2130 mercury-vapour lamps in for a variety of applications. outdoor applications such as ❙ www.eye.co.jp illuminating signs. Iwasaki ❙ www.teijin.co.jp/english The most important trade fair t a Plastivaloire places in the world for you ! its trust in RocTool “It’s K time” means that about 3,000 exhibitors from over 50 countries present the latest products and The Plastivaloire Group has or seal lines, and with short concepts – from standard to high-tech solutions. signed its fourth licence agree- production times. With its first-class range of exhibits, both in terms of ment with RocTool for use of 3iTech is a 3D network of quantity and quality, K is the most important business its technologies in the “super heating cartridges” that and contact platform for the industry worldwide. manufacture of interior parts are placed differently depend- In 19 halls, everyone is represented, from the market for the automotive market. ing on the processes required. leaders to the niche market suppliers who decide the Under this agreement, By removing the constraint of future of the industry. Plastivaloire will utilise inertia effects, RocTool has Be there when the world-class suppliers of plastics RocTool’s 3iTech technology, developed heating tools that which is a method of heating make it possible to dissociate and rubber meet in Düsseldorf ! the mould by electromagnetic the heating of a stationary induction. portion from a moving portion, This will allow it to obtain or to heat the tool locally to a optimum surface quality, that desired temperature. Messe Düsseldorf GmbH Postfach 10 10 06 is, plastic parts and trim ❙ www.roctool.com 40001 Düsseldorf without any visible weld lines ❙ www.groupe-plastivaloire.com Germany Tel. + 49 (0)2 11/45 60-01 Fax + 49 (0)2 11/45 60-6 68 www.injectionworld.com www.messe-duesseldorf.de
  • 6. markets feature | Germany’s plastics industry As the world’s plastics industry gets ready to converge on Düsseldorf for next month’s K show, Carole Kluth takes a close look at trends in the German thermoplastics market, which is showing positive signs of recovery Deutschland delivers Germany is the powerhouse of the European plastics industry. It is the largest market both in terms of production and demand, dominating nearly every sector of the processing industry and accounting for over 20% of thermoplastics demand. The market performed strongly in the period 2005- 2007, driven by the strength of the German economy and strong demand from Central Europe. However, the impact of the global recession saw demand collapse for nearly all polymer materials in Q4 2008 with plastics processing activity remaining weak throughout most of 2009. According to AMI data, after reaching a peak in demand in 2007 of 8.6 million tonnes of thermoplastics processed in Germany, the market dropped by 6% in 2008 and nearly 8% again in 2009, which effectively wiped out five years of growth for the industry. Production of plastics materials suffered an even steeper 15% decline in volumes in 2009 according to the trade association PlasticsEurope Deutschland. Both domestic and export demand figures were down, reducing Germany’s traditional trade surplus in polymer materials. The impact of the global recession has also been severe for German producers of capital goods, such as plastics processing machinery, as companies around the world slashed their investment spending. Sales of German plastics and rubber machinery were down 30% in 2009 according to the industry association VDMA. The economic downturn has inevitably reduced the number of plastics processing operations. In its survey of German injection moulders, AMI found there had been a net loss of 5% of companies over a three year InjECTIon worlD | September 2010 www.injectionworld.com
  • 7. PHOTO: KrAuSS mAffEi period. Over 60% of these were lost because of seen in most other West European countries where car germany’s insolvency or because of transferring moulding production was down anything from 20% to 50%. machine operations to Eastern Europe or China. A number of Government infrastructure investments also helped to makers are companies ceased to exist because of the retirement of sustain some building product demand. As these reporting a big owners or because of plant rationalisations or mergers. measures are now ending, there are signs that the increase in Others chose to withdraw from processing activities underlying strength of German manufacturing and incoming preferring to sub-contract out their moulding require- engineering is helping to lift the plastics industry out of orders in the ments or to refocus their activities on tooling, assembly recession quicker than in many other countries and a first half of this or finishing operations. more optimistic feel is beginning to emerge about the year future prospects for Germany’s plastics industry. Last Staying put month it was announced that Germany’s GDP grew by However, the trend for plastics processors to relocate to an impressive 2.2% in the second quarter, the strongest Eastern Europe or Asia has generally been less evident three-monthly gain since reunification in 1990. The in Germany than elsewhere in Western Europe. growth is being driven by rising production levels and Although German companies have established opera- exports in areas such as machinery, vehicles and tions in Central Europe, this has not always been at the chemicals. As result, business confidence has reached s expense of their home plants. Germany’s proximity to its highest level in three years. Central Europe also benefited its processors prior to the downturn. The growth in demand for a wide variety of products in Central Europe from packaging to end use technical components could not always be met by markets for local processors, either because of capacity thermoplastics constraints or a lack of competency. German in germany 2009 companies were well placed to meet this shortfall in capacity or technical know- how and are likely to benefit again, once economic growth returns to the region. Various government initiatives during 2009 sought to mitigate the effects of the recession and they did have some impact on plastics demand. The car scrappage scheme helped to sustain demand for new cars but production still declined by 10%. source: ami However, this was considerably less than was www.injectionworld.com September 2010 | injECTiOn WOrLD
  • 8. markets feature | Germany’s plastics industry DEMAND FOR THERMOPLASTICS IN GERMANY 2001-2009 Source: AMI the materials that appeared to have been least markets, PVc saw the largest falls in demand last year, affected by the downturn were Pet and ePS where declining by around 15%. in addition to weak local there was relatively little loss of volume, although both demand, profile producers also suffered from a collapse these materials had been experiencing strong growth in export sales to eastern europe and russia, which had up until the recession hit. the Pet market had been grown significantly in the period to 2007; and PVc cable driven by the move to Pet bottles for one-way packag- markets had been weak for sometime because of a ing replacing cans, glass bottles and cartons, led by the combination of substitution by polyolefins and the discount stores such as Aldi and lidl. ePS demand had growth in imports of cheap finished low-voltage cables been driven by initiatives to improve the energy from central europe, which is the main market for PVc efficiency of buildings in line with the eU directive. cable compound. the drop in car production and For most other polymer materials the story was one electronics manufacturing further affected demand. of shrinking demand during 2009 with the scale of decline dependent on the extent to which the market Packaging props up polyolefins was driven by packaging, building, automotive or the decline in demand for polyolefin materials last year consumer goods. the downturn in automotive produc- was slightly less severe at around a 6% drop, thanks to tion, although not as severe in Germany as elsewhere in the higher proportions of the market in packaging europe, still contributed to weak demand for most markets. weakest performance appears to have been engineering polymers and PP compounds. reduced for linear and low density grades because of weak production of consumer electronic and domestic demand for agricultural, building and technical films, appliances also led to steep falls in the moulding and which are significant markets in Germany. demand for extrusion of technical components and cable products. protective films were weak because of the downturn in these markets all saw a contraction in the region of furniture and automotive markets. Agricultural film 10-15% in terms of polymer volumes used last year. demand was affected by the long, cold winter and with the exception of insulation materials, building stretch film markets were weak because of a decline in product demand was also weak through the year, demand for transportation packaging. Pipe and cable despite some investment in infrastructure products. demand was slashed because of the slump in building the collapse in demand for profiles in eastern europe activity. these were offset by demand being maintained and russia also badly affected the production of PVc for food packaging and hygiene films. window profiles. A similar story applied to HdPe resins with demand Packaging, as is often the case through a recession, for smaller containers and closures holding up, while was less affected but the market still declined by industrial containers, car fuel tanks and pipe production between 5 and 7% overall largely due to weak demand have all seen significant drops in demand over the past for industrial and transit packaging products with two years. consumer packaging demand holding steady. in PP it is again the consumer packaging markets with its high reliance on building and wire and cable that have sustained some areas of demand for products injection world | September 2010 www.injectionworld.com
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  • 10. markets feature | Germany’s plastics industry Making more machines Germany’s machinery makers have seen sharp increases in demand in the first half of the year according to their industry body, the VdMA Plastics and rubber Machinery Association. “developments turned out much better than expected at the beginning of the year,” says thorsten Kühmann, managing director of the Association. He adds: “[our] members are also optimistic regarding the outlook for incoming orders in all customer regions in the second half of the year”. Ulrich reifenhauser, the Association’s chairman added: “no one could have foreseen the 85% jump in orders recorded by the industry in the first six months of the year; it is a truly remarkable performance that gives grounds for optimism”. orders from within Germany were up by 26%, while demand from abroad grew by 117%. orders from the euro zone showed an increase of 51%. SupplierS’ ShareS in World exportS Actual sales for the period january to june 2010 were Source: VdMa/Federal Statistical office down by 23% compared with the previous year, however the sharp increase in orders placed during the period is boosting industry confidence in the run up to K 2010. “in is 31%, according to the VdMA, while in Asia it is just under light of the marked rise in incoming orders, we expect 24%, placing the country ahead of the previous leader sales to grow by 11% by the end of the year,” explained japan. Sales across the Atlantic give Germany a market Kühmann. share of 26% of global deliveries in north America, 18% in looking at global market shares, Germany maintained central America and 20% in South America. in Africa, its market leading position last year despite the global Germany has a 15% share, placing it behind china with 22% economic downturn, accounting for 24% of global and italy with 19%. deliveries. in europe as a whole, Germany’s market share ❙ www.kug.vdma.org such as thin wall containers and BoPP films for food tion of Germany’s plastic processing industry, the packaging. Automotive, electrical and consumer good country is an important market for the use and sectors have all been weak as have most fibre markets development of engineering resins. Having enjoyed although the hygiene and medical markets have strong growth in the period to 2007, which saw demand performed better. reach nearly 1 million tonnes, there has been an the decline in general-purpose high-impact PS was estimated 150,000 tonne decline in volume across these also not as severe as might be expected given the weak various materials, which include ABS/SAn, PA, PBt, fundamentals this market has been experiencing for Pc, PMMA and other high heat thermoplastics. several years. this has seen the market decline from a However, this is not surprising given their high reliance peak of 430,000 tonnes of demand in 2002 to around on automotive, electrical and other technical sectors. 380,000 tonnes currently. Volume had already been lost Germany is destined to remain the largest consumer because of a decline in production of consumer and producer of plastics in europe and its apparent electronics, the development of flat screen tVs and recovery is good news for the rest of the european competition from PP and Pet in some thin wall industry because it will help to drive demand through- applications. the insulation trends that have helped out the continent for some time to come. maintain the ePS market have helped drive demand for this article is based on aMi’s 2009 european XPS despite the downturn in the building market. Food plastics industry report and aMi’s guide to the packaging markets have also maintained their demand thermoplastics compounding industry in europe. for PS packaging. Further information available from: As would be expected given the size and sophistica- ❙ www.amiplastics.com 10 injection world | September 2010 www.injectionworld.com
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  • 12. processing feature | Micro moulding Ultra small, high specification products are being successfully produced as a result of advances in equipment, processes and materials. Peter Manser reviews some of the latest moulding machinery developed for the growing micro moulding sector Micro moulding: Great achievements in small packages The world of micro moulding is changing fast. Although micro mouldings are intended for high-value usage the first dedicated micro moulding machines were such as orthopaedic implants and surgical tools, and brought to market approximately 25 years ago, it is only recent advances in the technique are being used to in the past two to three years that demand for smaller produce diagnostic and drug delivery devices. parts at higher specifications has really fuelled the The emphasis, as with all moulding technology, is on development of technology that can truly keep pace. provability and repeatability. A major investment to date by Acceleration of demand for micro moulding has the Centre of approximately £5 million in state-of-the-art come primarily from the global medical product equipment and thirty expert staff illustrates the growth industry and testament to this is the Research and and prospects for this sector of polymer moulding. Knowledge Transfer (RKT) Centre for Polymer Micro “For most micro moulding customers a whole Rondol’s bench and Nano Technology at Bradford University, UK. systems approach is best,” says Whiteside. This can top Medika 50 “Healthcare is a very large and key driver for many involve proof-of-concept, polymer materials design and injection micro technologies,” says Ben Whiteside, RKT Centre selection, environmental testing, prototyping, tool moulding manager, “and polymer micro moulding has a critical design and commissioning including soft tooling, two- machine part to play in so many areas.” Most healthcare-based part tooling through to full production tooling. Bespoke handling and inspection solutions also provide meas- urements with the speed and resolution required for 100% quality assurance within the restrictive cycle ‹ times (typically 5 seconds) of the process. Injection moulding machinery builders have taken some time to truly rise to the challenges and technical needs of the sector. The micro moulding of polymers of less than 1g in shot weight presents a completely different demand to most other areas of mainstream commercial injection moulding. Such a small quantity of polymer material is used per unit that the general commercial cut and thrust of materials savings and wastage do not come into consideration. Consequently, high performance thermoplas- tics such as LCP and PEEK are commonly employed and commodity polymers such as PE, PP 12 INjECTIoN WoRLd | September 2010 www.injectionworld.com
  • 13. or PVC are rarely used for micro moulding. Understand- lower limit to the screw diameter, which has typically Class 7 ing the process technology and the physical behaviour been determined as 14 mm if standard materials are to cleanroom of polymer melts is a major part of the developing be processed reliably. Even at this diameter, the stroke facility industry. Micro moulds generally take only a millisec- for extremely small shot weights is too short to installed over ond to fill a mould and also heat-to-cool within a few monitor and control repeatedly. a Fanuc tenths of a second. These constraints represent a major In response, Rondol has developed a low cost bench S2000i100A scientific challenge and new problem-solving methods top machine that uses a single phase 13A supply. It has high speed and technologies have had to be devised to be able to just two servomotors and utilises the clamping move- moulding capture data and understand and improve future ment to create injection force by driving the barrel machine at the processing techniques. Ultrasound is employed for backwards over the screw. With European investment RKT Centre measurement and to aid processing, and high speed and expertise in materials processing, Rondol has camera work combined with thermal imaging provide a opened new facilities in the UK to make its latest Medika unique insight into the process dynamics. 50 machine, which has touch screen control and is clad Naturally enough perhaps, the suppliers of main- in stainless steel specifically for medical applications. stream injection moulding equipment are still absorb- Meanwhile Wittmann-Battenfeld in Austria is ing the lessons needed for micro moulding environ- pressing forward with the redesigned MicroPower ments. In the late 1980s, injection moulding machine machine. The system has a multi-stage injection unit in control systems moved to a higher level of sophistica- which a 14 mm screw provides plastification and tion and this technology was applied to the first micro metering duties following which the measured shot is moulding machines. Servo electric drives became a transferred to a small diameter (3– 5 mm) plunger unit viable alternative to hydraulics and offered precise for high speed injection into the mould. Multi-material control and repeatability, greater energy efficiency, low moulding has also been developed using two Micro- noise level and suitability for cleanroom environments. systems moulding machines with a transfer robot passing the preform to a second mould. The new Machine developments MicroPower will be featured at the K show in Düssel- Manufacturers who have adopted these high precision dorf, Germany, at the end of October 2010. systems have taken different approaches to achieve the Arburg has also created a new type of injection unit control and precision necessary for the production of to meet increasing demand for micro moulding ultra small, high specification products. When the applications. This is based on a two-stage injection micro scale is applied to part weights in the range of process using a 15 or 18 mm preplasticising screw 0.1–0.001 g there are practical limitations in the feeding a final 8 mm injection screw to improve material injection moulding machinery build. First, there is a mixing. One of its main selling points is that it can be www.injectionworld.com September 2010 | INjECTION WORlD 13
  • 14. processing feature | Micro moulding thin-walled or micromoulding applications. these materials must be robust enough to survive the intense pressures, shear forces and temperature gradients inherent within the micro moulding process, while still providing a range of bespoke properties and functionali- ties for the intended application. control of the materi- als manufacturing processes is also vital, because a change in flow or thermal properties of a fraction of a percent, or ingress of impurities could have a significant affect on moulding quality. Profit from links with academia Because of the specialised nature of these new materials and products, industry has sought expertise from academia. Specialist centres have been created throughout the world where development of materials, mould manufacture and process optimisation is undertaken. one example is the rKt centre at the University of Bradford, which is part of a wider network of expertise including other technology providers such as the Manufacturing engineering centre (Mec) at the University of cardiff, UK. Mec provides ultra fine cavity geometries using advanced techniques such as laser The redesigned fitted in place of the original injection unit on many of machining, micro electrodischarge machining, high multi-staged the company’s existing electric machines. speed milling and focused ion beam (FiB). For example, MicroPower A two-stage plunger system without a pre-plasticis- FiB techniques can provide nanometre scale precision; injection ing screw has been developed by desma in Germany. however, removal rates in the region of one month for a moulding the compact design allows a two material version of the single cubic mm of material ensure that they are only machine from machine to be contained within the machine envelope. adopted for the most demanding applications. Wittmann- Preform and overmoulding operate simultaneously with Battenfeld an indexing transfer plate built into the mould system, Award winning micro insert which offers low mass rapid rotation and overall cycle one example of a product borne from a fruitful industry times in the order of 3–4 seconds. and academic partnership is a novel root canal treat- Given the small mould sizes, low cavitation and ment. this was the result of a successful development corresponding projected areas for micro moulding programme at the rKt centre with drFP of Sheffield, products, a clamping force of 5 tonnes was typically UK, which gained the prestigious Plastics industry assumed to be adequate. However, the development of Award for Best technology Application by producing a specialised materials that require higher injection dental root canal insert. this has a tip diameter of pressures coupled with increasing requirements for 200 µm and overall length 43 mm in a highly filled larger mouldings containing micro features has nano-scale radio opaque polymer composite, which resulted in second generation machines such as the wittmann-Battenfeld’s MicroPower with optional clamping units of up to 15 tonnes. Material developments the micro moulding challenge has also been addressed by materials suppliers. A range of nanoscale filler materials are now available for compounding with polymers to provide improvements in performance in Arburg’s two- areas such as mechanical behaviour, electrical and stage micro thermal conductivity and flame retardancy. it is also injection common to find low viscosity grades of many industrial module polymers that have been created specifically for 14 injection world | September 2010 www.injectionworld.com
  • 15. Commercialising Nanotubes 2011 8-10 March 2011, Maritim Hotel, Düsseldorf, Germany We are in the middle of a major expansion in carbon nanotube production with global capacity more than quadrupling over a two-year period. As a result, prices are falling and exciting new markets are opening up. The first commercial products are already being used in the automotive, electrical and electronic, sporting goods, mass transport and marine industries with many more under development in areas such as the renewable energy, medical and wire and cable markets. This conference will examine the latest CNT technologies and applications, as well as addressing processing issues and health and safety concerns. The event’s focus will be on growing volume markets for nanotubes and on adding value to polymer compounds and composites. CliCk Here for More inforMation For details on giving a presentation, attending as a delegate, Organised by Media sponsor being a sponsor or exhibiting at the event, please contact Maud Lassarra, Senior Conference Organiser, Applied Market ml@amiplastics.com +44 117 924 9442 Information Ltd
  • 16. processing feature | Micro moulding A dental root canal insert with an overall length of 43 mm and a tip diameter of 0.2 mm Scanning requires precise control of polymer storage, preparation include features approaching sub micron or nano- electron and processing at high injection speed and pressure. scale. this is of particular interest for a wide range of microscope applications including micro fluidics, biological inter- image of a Funding opportunities faces, drug delivery, optical applications and anti- micro pillar industry partnerships with universities can be devel- counterfeiting. feature oped with a range of different funding routes to provide As the requirements for characteristic length scales moulded in PC benefits to the technology provider and the recipient. become ever smaller, the challenges for materials next to a Some examples are given below. understanding, process technology, measurement and human hair in the UK, the technology Strategy Board is working handling rise exponentially. with the engineering and Physical Sciences research However, advances are being made regularly to council to drive development with regional assistance further improve what is achievable and industy is for a range of innovative collaborative projects between beginning to see the emergence of high value, func- academia and industry. Grants may also be available tional components at a scale that would have seemed through Knowledge transfer Partnerships, which like science fiction by both moulders and mould makers enable staff to gain a recognised qualification whilst operating 25 years ago. employed by their company but spending time on Peter Manser, FiMMM, is industry Associate at the company related work at the partner university. research and Knowledge transfer centre for Polymer From a european perspective, the Seventh Frame- Micro and nano technology University of Bradford, UK, work Programme allows the building of large consortia, For more information on the work undertaken at the which usually consist of companies of all sizes and rKt centre, contact the centre director, dr Ben academic institutions. one example is the converging whiteside, e-mail: b.r.whiteside@bradford.ac.uk technologies for Micro Systems Manufacturing ❙ www.polymer-mnt.brad.ac.uk (cotecH) project, which was created in 2008 to “investigate new approaches of micro manufacturing Click on the links for more information: based on advanced technology convergence processes ❙ www.rondol.com and to propose hybrid solutions for high added value ❙ www.wittmann-group.co.uk cost-effective micro manufacturing emerging applica- ❙ www.arburg.co.uk tions”. it will run for four years and has 24 academic ❙ www.desma.de and industrial contributors from Austria, denmark, ❙ www.mec.cf.ac.uk Finland, France, Germany, italy, the netherlands, Spain ❙ www.plasticsawards.com and Switzerland, including the Universities of Bradford ❙ www.innovateuk.org and cardiff, wittmann-Battenfeld, Moldflow (europe) ❙ www.epsrc.ac.uk and Microsystems (UK). ❙ www.ktponline.org.uk ❙ http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/home_en.html The future is getting smaller ❙ www.fp7-cotech.eu So what is next for micro moulding technologies? ❙ www.moldflow.com dimensions are moving beyond the micro level to ❙ www.microsystems.uk.com 16 injection world | September 2010 www.injectionworld.com
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  • 19. in-mould labelling | processing feature in-mould labelling offers a wide range of benefits and is not as hard to do as you may think, as one Scottish dairy farm recently discovered From milk to moulding there is growing interest in-mould labelling (iMl) as the complete injection moulding system offers an Mackie’s, a one of several strategies companies can employ to exciting opportunity to decrease production costs while family run increase performance and revenue. the drivers for gaining a better product, says thomas leng, head of dairy business, adopting iMl are wide and varied. it can improve the business unit packaging at netstal. now operates quality of a product’s appearance. in addition, it is a Utilising iMl will give a product greater aesthetic its own ice cost-effective alternative to printing and etiquettes appeal, but redesigning its overall look and geometry cream tub (self-gluing paper labels), which do not deliver such a will deliver additional advantages. leng explains that production line sophisticated finish, and the results of in-mould these can include reducing its wall thickness and labelling are more durable because the process weight, making it tamper evident, and devising a provides higher scratch resistance. Hygiene is also product that fully exploits the capabilities of the improved because products leave the machine complete injection moulding process. these are critical factors without needing to be unpacked for subsequent that will increase productivity and allow processors to decoration. Furthermore, recyclability can be improved give their customers more added value, he continues. by the use of a single material. iMl is best considered at the very outset of a project, IML today when designing the product and the injection moulding the iMl technique has matured since its introduction system, advocates the Swiss machine manufacturer approximately 25 years ago. the technology has now netstal-Maschinen. Upgrading existing equipment can developed to a point where it is a “plug and play” be an option: a company’s current injection moulding system package. machine can be included in a new design and parts of the labels, which are held in place by static charge the mould can be used, but the robot must be upgraded or vacuum, are mostly made from polypropylene, but or a new robot purchased. However, completely can be made of other polymers; paper labels are also reassessing the design of the product and optimising increasingly popular. when selecting the right type of www.injectionworld.com September 2010 | injection world 19
  • 20. processing feature | in-mould labelling packaging. the company has previously outsourced its packaging production and had no experience of plastics processing. Using netstal’s machines, Mackie’s has been producing all its own ice cream tubs since early 2010. with a track record in thin-wall packaging and iMl solutions, netstal worked with the company to devise a turnkey package. Mackie’s was keen to protect its well- established brand and increase its value. the require- ments of the project were that the product design must l be recognisable as a Mackie’s product, therefore complementary to its current packaging l offer considerable product weight savings with improved product quality l include a tamper evident security feature. the injection moulding system with iMl function had to be ready to go (plug and play) given Mackie’s lack of injection moulding experience and remote location in westertown, north of Aberdeen. it was also vital to This Netstal label for a product, the main issues to consider are deliver efficient system performance together with good Elion 1200 l producing a quality appearance cycle times, up-times and yields and ease of use. it had all-electric l barrier properties and whether there is a need to to be financially viable and deliver a suitable payback machine is improve these period on the initial investment. last but not least, it used to l recyclability and reducing the environmental impact must have flexibility so that the system is capable of produce the of the product. producing a redesigned/differently shaped product in lids at the dairy there are also important printing characteristics to the future, if required. consider such as the thickness of the label. the thinner netstal’s turnkey package provided machine, mould it is, the hotter it becomes during the iMl process, and iMl automation equipment and stacker/sleeving which will change the quality of the print, its colour and equipment. this included an all-electric elion 1200 to the resolution of images. there are no restrictions on produce the lid and a Synergy machine to produce the choice of typefaces, colours, graphics and pictures that container. design advice included weight saving and can be employed. the appearance of the label is better functionality elements to improve product quality and than can be achieved by pad, offset and other printing cycle time. Guidance on material selection and product and labelling methods, assures leng. performance criteria looked at the physical properties the most important advantage of adopting iMl is the of the product such as headspace, stacking characteris- cost saving that can be made through eliminating post- tics, dimensions and whether sterilisation was required. mould labelling and printing, including the machines, in terms of the label, the factors considered included the floor space and the labour these entail. when the the ratio of polymer to paper and the label design product leaves the machine finished, it can be packed including positioning on the product, and gloss, matt, directly and put into stock. therefore, there are clear or metallic finishes. Based on these decisions, the significant personnel savings, taking into account that label manufacturer was selected. printing or sleeving needs at least one additional person the ordered systems were installed in February 2010 to finish the product’s surface. if full automation is and Mackie’s was fast tracked into the plastics process- adopted, the iMl part of the packaging process can be ing industry. iMl has been considered to be a high-tech produced without additional staff. commenting on the and complex process. Here, a family run company with possible rate of throughput with an automated iMl no manufacturing experience is doing it for itself. system, typical output is 10-12 shots per minute, says Uptake of iMl is increasing fast. netstal has recently leng. claimed a “world first” with an iMl system built for silicone cartridges for the building and construction How to put IML into operation industry. this system can also be used to produce the ease of use of today’s injection moulding and iMl tubes, for example, for tablets and toothpaste. systems allowed Mackie’s of Scotland, a dairy farm and ❙ www.netstal.com ice cream producer to start manufacturing its own ❙ www.mackies.co.uk 20 injection world | September 2010 www.injectionworld.com
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  • 23. in-mould labelling | processing feature As demand for in-mould labelling grows around the world, automation systems are becoming more sophisticated. we look at developments from wittmann that will be on display at the K show Automation drives iMl growth the in-mould labelling (iMl) sector has been a fast moving niche of injection moulding in recent years, says jerome empereur, packaging product manager for the wittmann Group. He notes that “the most important trend is the growing size of the market itself. ten years ago we made mainly large installations for large mass markets like margarine tubs. during the past five years, however, we have seen a large number of niche customers adopting iMl. this is due in part to lowered costs for labels, moulding machines and robots.” As well as food packaging, process industries such as paint and cosmetics and applications such as crates and boxes are obtaining the cost benefits and improved systems. the first production cell will utilise a w827 The Wittmann aesthetics provided by iMl. Primus robot to make a two-cavity butter tub with a 827 Primus IML He points out that in decorative and aesthetic terms five-sided label. the company promises a cycle time of robot system iMl has always delivered superior benefits to any under 3 seconds overall and improvements with the alternatives. “First, iMl labels are able to have up to system featuring its latest generation r8 control eight colours with photographic quality. this is really a applied to its side-entry robot. very difficult process to try and achieve through offset the second K show iMl system, will produce a four- printing. Second, the general flexibility of the iMl cavity round cup together with a wraparound label. this approach: [the ability] to use different kinds of label for production cell will be similar to the unit displayed at product range variants within the same production run the wittmann Battenfeld open House session, held is very appealing to customers. it is clear that some earlier this year in Kottingbrunn, Austria. the unit will customers are coming to iMl simply in order to make a comprise w827 Primus horizontal robots in action on a more attractive product.” Battenfeld tM Xpress 210/1350 injection moulding Successful adoption of iMl requires systems to be machine. it will have a cycle time of approximately 4 able to provide reduced product cycle and mould open seconds and will incorporate a new vision system for times and technology advances are achieving this. “not quality control. this will allow 360˚ inspection of the only must the cycle time figures be right, the quality and part without any physical turning of the item. default build of the iMl must guarantee the faultless quality of parts will be rejected and good parts will be stacked. the product,” observes empereur. Five-sided butterfly label application IML in action during the open House event, the production cell the eyes of the plastics industry will be focused on the produced two 750 ml cups, with a weight of 22 grams K show in düsseldorf, Germany, this autumn where the per cup. each mould cavity has its own alignment to wittmann Group will be demonstrating two iMl enable it to offer the highest precision and equal wall www.injectionworld.com September 2010 | injection world 23
  • 24. processing feature | In-mould labelling thickness even after long station of the carousel. Good parts will be placed with operation and years in produc- the open side down by a stacking robot in stacks of pre- tion. In the demonstration, the IML selected height on the outfeed conveyor. robot placed the five-sided butterfly Wittmann’s IML approach is based on using standard labels into the moving mould half. elements from its three-axis robot range. The Primus is After the removal of the two finished designed to be cost-efficient with short lead time, and parts from the fixed mould half, the the Flex is for applications that need flexibility and the W827 Primus handed them over to a provision of core and base gated parts on a same robot, monitoring station in the shape of a carousel. without any disassembling. The carousel indexed the cups for visual inspec- The company also manufactures mould tools to go tion by two different camera systems. with the IML systems. “We have already proved the The container is first inspected by a high-resolution efficiency of this concept with a couple of turnkey Five-sided camera system connected to the high-end image projects,” says Empereur. label on 500 g processing In-Sight 5000 system. The vision system tub in a four- checks for the insertion of the right label and its correct The race to adoption cavity mould placement. Each container also undergoes a second For many years, Western Europe has been the most application, inspection by Checker Vision-Sensor, which is an “all- important market for IML. Empereur’s view is that with robot in-one” image processing sensor with built-in camera, “right now North America is rising up and becoming a made by lighting, lens, input/output and processor. This sensor very important IML market. Asia and especially Wittmann checks the use of the correct label on the basis of the Australia and New Zealand are interesting as well. In bar code, which is integrated in the print. Containers fact, in different ways, IML applications are developing that are identified as bad parts in the course of the well across all five continents.” visual inspection will be rejected in the subsequent ❙ www.wittmann-group.com Free online seminar: How to cut costs and green your supply chain 29 September 2010 Attend this FREE webinar to learn about a new source of 100% The discussion will include: recycled eco-mineral fillers and extenders for use in manufacturing l How RockTron’s proprietary process delivers a new polymer and rubber compounds and in industrial coatings. source of low carbon industrial minerals Reducing the carbon footprint of mineral fillers, production l The key physical properties of these spherical eco- processes and finished products represents a significant challenge for minerals that can be used as fillers and extenders in a manufacturing industries as the world moves to a low carbon economy. wide range of manufacturing processes This is your chance to learn about an award-winning company, l How these low carbon minerals deliver comparable or RockTron, and how it has made a major recycling breakthrough superior performance to conventional fillers including for many manufacturing industries. Its innovative beneficiation talcs, silicas and barytes process enables companies to cut costs, reduce carbon l Why the RockTron process enables the eco-mineral footprints and protect the bottom line. production to be energy neutral CLICK HERE NOW TO REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE PLACE The webinar will take place at 09:00 EST (eg New York), 14:00 GMT/BST (eg UK), 15:00 CET (eg Germany). Registered participants will be sent a reminder beforehand. Event registration: Webinar hosted by http://rocktron.eventbrite.com Applied Market Information More about RockTron: and www.rktron.com/ecominerals Compounding World magazine
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  • 27. in-mould decorating and labelling | products and applications durable labels Ornamin adds functionality as well as decoration in-mould decoration can operational in front of public decorative provide much more than the buildings and supermarkets enhancement of labelling of plastics packag- for years on end. the cat boxes led ing. Some recent applications the requirement for airline to new customers from ornamin, a specialist in serving trays made from ABS and higher selling durable in-mould labels, was that the non-skid surfaces prices show the variety of products withstand aggressive indus- that can benefit from the trial dishwashing without competitors’ products; the labels are non-slip, dish- technology. causing problems. For this decoration process also washer resistant and not the company’s projects application, the labels were protects it against environ- located in exactly the same have included a Pet litterbin transparent or printed in one mental effects. Using iMl, the position on each jug. labels for the nederland Schoon or more colours, according to moulder can change the for PP freezer boxes must Foundation in the Hague. in customer preference. one of design during production to equip the lids with a writable this application, a special the company’s customers react flexibly to user demands, varnish so that they can be Pet film was needed to confirmed through in-house eliminating the need to hold a written on without needing a guarantee chemical bonding tests that the non-skid surface lot of stock of any one design. special marker. of the iMl foils with the injec- remained intact after more A material not usually these and other non- tion material. other essential than 150 washing cycles. associated with iMl is SAn. in packaging applications of requirements were high Pet supplies is a new this measuring jug application iMl will be on display on the resistance to physical strain product range for iMl. the various scales, sometimes company’s stand at K 2010, and ultraviolet light so that pictured cat box is vibrantly multicoloured, on different Hall 7, Stand d27. the bins remain standing and decorated to stand out from sizes of jug are required. the ❙ www.ornamin.de autOmatiOn arburg and swiss robotics demonstrate iml Arburg is collaborating with Swiss robotics’ iMl system. they were picked robotics to offer a complete up by vacuum, electrostatically automated solutions for in-mould charged and then transferred labelling (iMl). one of the results to the mould. Following of their combined efforts was injection, the finished parts demonstrated at Arburg’s were removed by the Swiss technology days earlier this year. robotics systems and stacked in this demonstration, yoghurt as ready-for-use pots. pots with labels were produced on time savings are achieved a specially configured Arburg during production because part Allrounder 570 H injection removal and label insertion are moulding machine with a Flex- executed simultaneously. in addition, line iMl robotic system from Swiss Yoghurt pot production with the iMl robotic system features a new robotics. the machine featured a 1300 in-mould labelled pots ready for use energy-saving pneumatics design, which injection unit and a clamping force of reduces compressed air consumption, and 2,000 kn and was equipped with a six- of 125 g and a part weight of 6.3 g. the consequently, operating costs. reliability is cavity mould provided by Hofstetter. cycle time was just 3.5 s. ensured through connection of the system Moulded in PP, the thin-walled, round- the labels, which were produced by to the Selogica machine control system. based yoghurt pots have a filling capacity Verstraete, were handled by the Swiss ❙ www.arburg.com www.injectionworld.com September 2010 | injection world 27
  • 28. processing feature | Moulding masterclass In the latest article in his series on process optimisation, moulding expert John Goff discusses how to obtain best performance from the non-return valve assembly found at the front end of the Archimedean screw Achieving optimal functioning of the non-return valve Following determination of the most effective back and will do so during its working life. The extent of wear pressure value to be used, another piece of the and its working life is dependent on its design, the processing jigsaw for consistent moulding manufacture processing conditions selected, and the type of polymeric is the effect of the type, design and operation of the material, steel and surface coating employed. The generic non-return valve assembly, which is located at the front screw tip assembly is a three-piece assembly that end of the Archimedean screw. This non-return contains a torpedo, a pressure back ring and a sliding ring assembly is also called the backflow valve, ring valve, (sleeve). Figure 1 shows what is typically offered by major check valve, castellation valve or the SK valve, to name machine manufacturers. Special designs are available to a few of the terms used for this device, and it is enhance performance and component quality and these important to achieve the best performance from it. Its will be discussed in the next article. function is three-fold: to allow sufficient volume of Each screw tip component has a specific function. The material to pass through the screw tip assembly with torpedo (1) has a left-handed thread that is screwed into minimal disturbance to the molten plastic, to prevent the end of the Archimedean screw and therefore contains leakage of molten plastic during its closing operation the circular sleeve (2) between its head and the pressure and, once closed, to ensure it remains fully sealed. back ring (3). The head of the torpedo is streamlined and In reality, this mechanical device is designed to wear scalloped to allow molten polymer to pass around with Figure 1: The generic screw tip assembly contains a torpedo (1) screwed into the end of the Archimedean screw, which contains the circular sleeve (2) between its head and the pressure back ring (3) 28 InjEcTIon world | September 2010 www.injectionworld.com
  • 29. Moulding masterclass | processing feature too close a fit often initiates premature failure of the Figure 4: sliding sleeve component with hairline cracks forming Friction and/or erratic closure of the screw tip assembly. between the In addition to rotation during screw recovery, the mating sleeve has to move linearly backwards during the surfaces of the injection phase towards the angled or flat face of the rotating pressure back ring to create an effective and hermetic torpedo and seal. This movement is often termed the “stroke” of the sleeve leads sleeve. When in fully forward position with the front face to wear of the of the sleeve in contact with the head of the torpedo, a inner diameter gap appears between the sealing surface of the or the torpedo pressure back ring and the corresponding surface of shank the sleeve (Figure 2); this is described as being in the “open” position. Consequently, when the two mating sealing faces are forced to make contact, this position is referred to as “closed” (Figure 3). The three-piece assembly is subjected to dynamic and static forces and a major issue is the presence of friction between the mating surfaces of the rotating the minimum of flow disturbance (resistance) and torpedo and sleeve. These forces are the result of adherence. The shank diameter of the torpedo is such molten material being pushed through the gap between that the gap between the inner sleeve is sufficient to the inner diameter and torpedo shank and subsequently allow the molten material to pass through again without the scallops. Significant wear to one or both compo- encountering excessive shear and/or rapid increases in nents can take place in an extremely short time and the melt temperature. The internal bore of the sleeve varies temperature at the point of contact between the rotating from a parallel to a tapered design, depending on the surfaces has a significant influence (Figure 4). preference of the machine manufacturer. In an attempt to minimise the high contact tempera- The actual operation of the valve falls into two tures, the internal configuration of the sleeve varies distinct functions: fully open and fully closed. On screw rotation to start refilling of the barrel, the polymeric Figure 2: Open position, showing the gap that appears between the material is transported from the feed to the metering sealing surface of the pressure back ring and the corresponding section of the screw in a solid, semi-solid and molten surface of the sleeve when the front face of the state. The material becomes fully molten after it leaves sleeve is in contact with the head of the compression section and enters the meter- the torpedo ing section, and the molten material is forced into the tip assembly. An in- depth explanation of screw geometry and performance will be covered in a future article in this series. For the generic design to function, the sleeve component needs to have a sliding or transi- tional force fit with the inner surface of the barrel. The actual clearance between the two components ranges from 20 to 60 microns, depending on the diameter of Figure 3: The closed position when the screw. The gap needs to be sufficiently the two mating sealing faces are small to prevent the molten material forced to make (passing between them) from sliding, contact but not large enough to cause leakage or affect its operation. Values above and below this range lead to malfunctions and inconsistency and result in defective and inconsistent mouldings or thermal degradation of the polymeric material. Furthermore, www.injectionworld.com September 2010 | InjeCTIOn WOrld 29
  • 30. processing feature | Moulding masterclass ward movement of the screw. in fact, the true reason for using decompression is to obtain shot to shot consist- ency. However, the increase in volume does allow the inherent pressure to decay, thus preventing nozzle drool. of more significance is the extent to which the backward movement set on the moulding machine corresponds to the position of the sleeve within the screw tip assembly. when processing, it is important that the distance between the sealing faces of the sleeve and pressure back ring is consistent each cycle. By pulling the screw backwards an optimum distance, the effect of pressure decay becomes apparent and the stroke between the faces remains consistent. during the first few millimetres of forward stroke of the initial injection phase, molten polymer is forced backwards along the cylinder until the two sealing faces of sleeve and pressure back ring meet. if this distance varies from cycle to cycle, then the volume injected into the mould tool will also vary (often seen in the variation in melt cushion value). therefore, from a performance viewpoint, containment of this material loss should be kept to a consistent minimum on a cyclical basis. Release the from cylindrical to a tapered cone, depending on the the distance the screw is pulled backwards often pressure - just type used. Furthermore, the working performance of corresponds with the total distance of sleeve move- like floodgates, the sleeve requires a change in shape from the ment, however caution is needed. the decompression non-return manufactured, conventional cylinder to that of a barrel- stroke used may not be the same as sleeve movement valves play a shaped profile. this is because of the hoop stresses that because the visco-elastic behaviour of the molten critical role in develop within the inner bore, which force the sleeve to thermoplastic material must also be taken into account. flow control deform and make point contact with the opposing barrel For this reason, the decompression stroke is sometimes surface. this also allows the mating surfaces of the longer than the actual stroke of the sleeve. in conjunc- sleeve and pressure back ring to positively seal against tion with the decompression stroke, the speed at which each other. therefore, the higher the screw’s rotational the screw is pulled linearly backwards greatly influ- speed during screw recovery, the faster the injection ences the control of the position of the sleeve within the velocity, and the higher the holding pressure. this in screw tip assembly. turn leads to greater volume of shot and the corre- Monitoring the actual screw position on completion sponding melt homogeneity will influence the perform- of the decompression exercise is important because ance and working life of the screw tip assembly. From a this indicates the final position the screw stops at prior practical setting point of view, to achieve process and to injecting volume into the mould tool the next cycle. component consistency, the function of the tip assembly optimising the most effective decompression stroke must be consistent in each cycle. with the generic and speed settings is the basis of consistent moulding. design there are various machine settings that need to the next article in this series will discuss the issues be objectively searched. involving decompression, screw tip technology and the terms “decompression” or “suck back” are related part qualities. commonly known in the moulding industry and it is believed that their main objective is to prevent nozzle or More information gate drool when producing components using fixed this is the sixth article in the Moulding Masterclass probe or thermal gated hot runner mould tools. By series, which discusses the fundamental issues that simply pulling the screw linearly backwards on prevent optimal injection cycles. the five previous cessation of screw rotation, the pressure created in articles can be accessed, here, here, here, here and front of the screw tip assembly and/or hot runner here, respectively. john Goff is Managing director of manifold during screw recovery is allowed to decay as a GA Moulding technology, result of the increase in volume created by the back- ❙ www.gandamoulding.co.uk 30 injection world | September 2010 www.injectionworld.com
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  • 32. stand out from the crowd at If you are exhibiting at the compounding world K 2010 exhibition in July/August: First look at K 2010 Düsseldorf this year, then September: K 2010 show preview you need to let the world October: K 2010 show issue know about it! November: K 2010 review part one December: K 2010 review part two Our focused digital ➤ Click here to download the full media pack magazines with their global distributions provide the Injection world perfect platforms for you to July/August: First look at K 2010 promote your presence at September: K 2010 show preview the world’s biggest plastics October: K 2010 show issue industry exhibition and November: K 2010 review part one attract new customers to December: K 2010 review part two your stand. ➤ Click here to download the full media pack We are publishing extra film and sheet extrusion editions to cover all the September: K 2010 show preview product launches and news October: K 2010 show issue from the show. Plus we will November: K 2010 review part one be exhibiting there December: K 2010 review part two ourselves on two stands: ➤ Click here to download the full media pack 70C07 in Hall 7.0 and EN03 in the North Entrance. Pipe and Profile extrusion Here’s our line-up of 18 July/August: First look at K 2010 special issues providing September: K 2010 show preview comprehensive coverage of October: K 2010 show issue the big event for our global November/December: K 2010 review ➤ Click here to download the full media pack readership ➙ Advertising space is selling fast in these special show issues. To guarantee your position, contact our advertisement manager, Claire Bishop. E-mail: claire@amimagazines.com. Tel: +44 20 8686 8139 Press releases on your K show product launches and news should be sent to Andy Beevers: abe@amiplastics.com www.amimagazines.com
  • 33. 2010 | event preview this way for innovation… the biggest international event for the plastics industry opens its doors on 27 october 2010. running until 3 november 2010, K 2010 offers eight days dedicated to exploring the latest developments and technologies in machinery and equipment and raw materials as well as semi-finished products and services. read on for highlights of innovations from some of the exhibitors. we will be previewing lots more new product launches in our K show issue next month. if you are exhibiting at K, then please let us know about the latest machinery and materials that you will be showing. Send your press releases to annie@injectionworld.com. ❙ www.k-online.de Free energy-saving consultations Process cooling specialist it’s all in the way isocool through a high-efficiency isocool is giving away free works. “rather than just packaged heat exchang- consultations to manufactur- distributing and installing er unit with intelligent ers who visit its stand at the K products, we recycle or software, which Show. this advice will include upgrade as much of an existing facilitates energy bespoke guidance on how free system as possible and then transfer between the cooling technology can be used retrofit energy saving products systems without them in a plant to provide partial and such as free-coolers,” explains mixing. this extends the up to 100% free cooling. Hallett. life span of the compo- Managing director nigel For the first time at an nents of the chiller plant Hallett, says, “we’ve helped international venue, the and can cut energy bills our clients to save millions of company will be demonstrat- by half. Mwh and hundreds of ing its flagship energy saving Hall 12, Stand e46 thousands of pounds by product for dual circuit ❙ www.isocool.ltd.uk harnessing free energy systems, the isoFc. the sources and we’d like to help technique connects mould and The IsoFC energy saver for more companies do the same”. hydraulic cooling circuits dual circuit systems dMe launches new hydraulic locking cylinder dMe will be exhibiting its new time compared with trad- within the moulded part cavity. hydraulic locking cylinder for itional slide assemblies. other features are that the plastic and die cast tools. the the cylinder’s mechanical cylinder uses proximity cylinder actuates core pulls lock incorporates a segmented switches to sense when the and mould slides in ring that is pushed outward cylinders are fully extended or injection moulds and and held by the tapered piston fully retracted, and the piston claims to reduce in a cylinder groove. this has a built-in cushion at the design, machining, eliminates the need for heel fully retracted stroke end. fitting and blocks to withstand loads that Hall 1, Stand c25 maintenance result from injection pressure ❙ www.dme.net www.injectionworld.com September 2010 | injection world 33
  • 34. event preview | K 2010 Moretto has a eureka moment with PET drying Moretto will be encouraging they will own the Eureka redesigned OTX moulders to try out its fully system, promises Moretto, hopper. It has a automatic, high-volume because it will have been paid throughput of up to modular drying system and for by the energy savings 8,000 kg/h in comb- they will not have to pay up- gained over that time. ination with a modular front investment costs to do Drying is a high energy cost, generator of 20,000 m³/h. The this. Under its new purchasing equating to approximately 30% modular design provides the arrangement, instead of of total energy costs for option of between three and 10 buying or leasing the comp- companies processing PET. dryer units and from one up to example, in the mix of preform any’s Eureka drying system, The company claims the 32 drying hoppers, none of sizes and weights. customers will be asked to pay Eureka provides faster, which require compressed air Tests have reportedly a monthly fee based on the consistent and gentle drying of or cooling water. shown that a lower dew point amount of energy savings they highly hygroscopic polymers Lower energy consumption value improves the final result achieve using it. The fee will be such as PET with reduced is achieved by having a uniform in terms of ppm, in the same calculated on the differential energy consumption. The dew point throughout the time and with the same between using the new system combines the comp- process, which results in high temperature. equipment versus their former any’s new X Max dryer and efficiency levels and total Hall 11, Stand H57 equipment. After two years, Flowmatik controller with its operating flexibility, for ❙ www.moretto.com Compact micro Kaufmann creates parts injection from Dr Boy with functional Of the 16 machines being exhibited by Dr Boy, nine surfaces newly launched Boy XS series will showcase the production of micro and small parts with injection volumes between 0.1 and 8.0 cm³. Georg Kaufmann Formenbau’s Touching the sensors will sports and leisure articles. The XS is available as a array of specimen mouldings switch on an illuminating New design options are also horizontal machine or as a at K will demonstrate the system, actuate a window available for displays, touch- vertically configured insert widening applications of opener or regulate a heater, sensitive keyboards and similar moulding machine. Its space plastic components with which is ideal for switch-on or components by integrating requirement is 0.8 or 0.6 m² functional surfaces and switchover functions in the electroluminescent films or and a new control device integrated capacitive sensors. household appliance industry. light-emitting diodes as allows the placement and Technology developed by the To extend the tactile coloured luminous elements in removal of parts. The company means that these properties of a moulded part, as the moulded part. Entertain- cleanroom version ensures multifunctional parts can be well as using fabric materials ment electronics, household part production according to produced in one single, highly and plastic films, metallic foils appliances and automotive ISO 14644-1 (Class 6/1000). automated production can create surfaces that are cold technology are application Biomedical micro parts with sequence. For example, on to the touch, and heating foils areas. The company is injection volumes under show will be one or several can render surfaces pleasantly exhibiting on the PRIMUS 0.1 cm³ will be produced. sensors incorporated under- warm. Areas of application Network for Innovation stand. Hall 13, Stand A43 neath the decorative fabric of include rail carriages and Hall 15, Stand 15/C24 ❙ www.dr-boy.de the outer part of mouldings. aircraft cabins, furniture and ❙ www.gktool.ch 34 INjECTION wORLD | September 2010 www.injectionworld.com
  • 35. Technology – 3 Changing the Rules KraussMaffei at the K2010 ↗ www.kraussmaffei.com/k2010 Hall 15, Booth C24 Worldwide KraussMaffei is your premium partner, with huge expertise across three key technology domains for plastics and rubber processing. KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH ··· Phone +49 89 8899-0 info@kraussmaffei.com ··· www.kraussmaffei.com
  • 36. AMI Strategy Seminars 2010 These one-day seminars are given by an AMI director and provide invaluable insights into market trends and industry strategies. They are held in small groups and provide ample opportunities for questions and discussions. COLOGNE – DUBAI The Plastics Industry Strategy Seminar – 26 October 2010, Cologne, Germany Click here to download the programme and booking form The Plastics Industry Strategy Seminar – 29 November 2010, Dubai, UAE Click here to download the programme and booking form Places are very limited, and these seminars frequently sell out. Book your place now to avoid disappointment. Europe Middle East contact: Katy Brotherhood. kb@amiplastics.com. +44 117 924 9442 USA contact: Marissa Hann. mh@amiplastics-na.com +1 610 478 0800
  • 37. 2010 | event preview The best of the bunch from BASF BASF launches a host of new 1 2 engineering plastics and compounds at K 2010. Here’s our selection of top technolo- gies to investigate. 1 Heat-resistant PA 66. BASF has developed its Ultramid Endure glass-fibre-reinforced PA 66 for under-the-hood applications, replacing metal in parts close to the engine. The company says that it household appliance safety tures and crash absorbers. allowing the polymer to be effi- combines outstanding standard, and Ultramid FRee Ultramid Structure LF is ciently laser welded. Higher resistance to heat ageing with B3U31 G4, a PA6 grade for initially being offered in PA 6 welding speeds are now the good processability of PA circuit breaker applications. and PA 66 grades with fibre possible and the processing 66. With the use of new Ultradur FRee B4440 G5 and levels between 40 and 60%. window is wider. In tests, stabilisation technology, the B4450 G5 are PBT grades that 4 High-flow PA 6. BASF is standard PBT had a welding new compounds resist meet UL94 class V0, the former completing its family of high- speed of 5-12 mm/s, but this continuous use temperatures at low thicknesses (0.4 mm); flow plastics that already was boosted to 10-70 mm/s of 220˚C and spikes up to the latter boasts a high includes PBT and PA 66 grades with Ultradur Lux. The 240˚C. This compares with tracking resistance (CTI of 600). with the addition of PA 6 increased transparency also 170˚C long-term heat resist- 3 Long-glass-fibre-rein- compounds. The first product allows thicker parts to be ance for standard Ultramid forced PA. BASF is launching to be launched is Ultramid welded. A3WG7. Target applications Ultramid Structure LF, its first B3WG6 High Speed. In spiral 6 New glass-reinforced PA include the charge-air stage of long-glass-fibre-reinforced PA. flow tests it flows at least 50% 610 grades. BASF is expanding diesel engines including Produced by pultrusion, the further than standard grades; its range of PA 610 products. intercooler caps, resonators, material is delivered as 12 mm with a spiral flow thickness of The new Ultramid Balance charge-air lines and throttle long pellets that can be used 2.5 mm, it is possible to glass-fibre-reinforced valves. on conventional injection achieve flow path lengths of up materials are S3EG6, S3WG6 2 New flame-retardant PA moulding machines. This to 1 m. This means that large and A3HG6 with 30% fibre and PBT grades. BASF’s new reportedly gives a three- under-the-hood PA 6 parts, content, plus S3WG7 with 35%. Ultramid FRee and Ultradur dimensional network of fibres such as engine covers and BASF says the compounds FRee grades are halogen-free which are mostly 3 to 6 mm intake manifolds, can be offer low density, reduced and light-coloured, allowing long in the finished part, produced using lower injec- moisture uptake and good electrical components to be delivering strength and tion/filling pressures. dimensional stability as well as produced in a range of colour stiffness combined with impact 5 PBT with enhanced laser resistance to hydrolysis and tones. The first four grades and creep resistance. Target transparency. Ultradur Lux is stress cracking. The S grades include Ultramid FRee A3U40 applications include automo- a new PBT grade that BASF can be used for over-moulding G5, a PA66 compound that tive components such as has developed to offer 30-60% metal and electronic compo- meets the latest IEC 60335-1 engine mounts, seat struc- higher laser transparency, nents that come into contact with aggressive fluids. Other 3 4 target applications include transmission and cooling circuit components. The A3HG6 grade is a blend of PA 610 with PA66 for applications such as oil pans, oil filter housings and radiator end caps. Hall 5, Stand C21/D21 ❙ www.basf.com www.injectionworld.com September 2010 | InjECTIOn WORLD 37
  • 38. event preview | K 2010 Magnetic clamping from roemheld roemheld’s will highlight its their application and the clamping elements allow non- system for the magnetic new range of magnetic clamp- requirements of the materials standard injection moulds to clamping plates now complies ing plates for processing being processed, whether be changed rapidly, says with the Machinery directive different plastics at different thermoplastics, elastomers, roemheld. Full-surface 2006/42/ec. with a perform- temperatures. Four new thermosets or rubber. clamping force is applied to ance level adapted to the clamping plates are designed the company has also the magnetic clamping plates, machine or press, the new for working temperatures of introduced a Hilma M-tecS which ensures high process control system helps increase up to 80°c, 120°c, 180°c or magnetic clamping system for security, fewer rejects and operation safety. 230°c. Users can select the vertical moulding presses. reduced maintenance costs. in Hall 11, Stand B78 technology most suitable for Hilma’s electromagnetic addition, the revised control ❙ www.roemheld.com Arburg debuts innovations Groche’s coated screws match the world premiere of Arburg’s Selogica control system with hybrid technology in the form of the large Allrounder force of 5,000 kn. the Selogica Assistant now the plastic new operator guidance takes 920 H, which has a newly offers menu-guided, super- Plasticizing feedscrews with place at K 2010. the company designed servo-electric toggle vised set-up or “teaching” lifespans three to four times also debuts high performance clamping unit with a clamping functions for the entire mould higher than conventional sequence. Machine operators plasticizing screws are some are actively supported during of the special features being set-up and are “led by the offered by Groche technik. hand” so that it takes just five Screw resilience is logical steps to create an provided by a 0.125- to 0.25- entire cycle sequence. the mm thick coating of 88% Selogica Assistant thus tungsten carbide and 12% permits the Allrounder to be cobalt for plastics with low set up quickly, simply and corrosion impact. For reliably, says the company, plastics of higher corrosion without requiring the operator impact, the same coating is to be familiar with every detail offered, but based on nickel, of the control system. or nickel and chrome. Hall 13, Stand A 13 Hall 13, Stand d 60 Michael Hehl, managing partner at Arburg, with the Selogica ❙ www.arburg.com ❙ www.gt-plast.de PSG has more than new hot runners PSG Plastic Service is exhib- injection points and better in Hall 10 the company’s “Moulding satnav” iting in two Halls at K. in Hall 1 reproducibility of vestige controllers and tempering with the visitors will see hot runner height. the company also units will be showcased. these ProfiTemp systems and hot runner boasts the first hot runner include the modular Flexotemp from PSG controllers presented by controller with “moulding temperature control system, industry sector. Solutions for satnav” and USB connection. which can be scaled according medical device production Profitemp makes the mould- to requirements, wherever you include a new nozzle series for ing process transparent heat or cool. sidewise gating, which has an because users can see where Hall 1, Stand c07 operating unit measuring 50 x the route is leading in the melt Hall 10, Stand H67 50 x 70 mm for nearly invisible channel. ❙ www.psg-online.de 38 injection world | September 2010 www.injectionworld.com
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  • 40. event preview | K 2010 All-new modular series Extreme from Ferromatik coatings Surface Engineering and Ferromatik Milacron introduces Alloy will be highlighting its its new F-Series for the packag- expertise in the tungsten ing, consumer goods and carbide coating of plasticiz- medical technology industries. ing feedscrews. The fully customisable machine Visitors to its stand will is available in 10 clamping see samples of tungsten and forces from 500 to 6500 kN. chromium carbide coatings Machine configurations can as well as detailed exhibits emphasise areas such as The F-Series makes it that explain how carbides performance, energy consump- easy to combine individual modules provide two to five times tion, dynamics or precision. longer equipment life. Under Moulders also have a choice of injection unit will be on display making its debut is the the Extreme Coatings brand, electric or hydraulic drives and demonstrating the production company’s Robot FMR 8-5 the company offers carbide can choose to mix and match of PP packaging on a two- Advanced, which will remove encapsulated plasticizing for each machine axis. cavity mould from Italian and stack the parts. feedscrews. An F 160 with a clamping mould maker Incos in a cycle Hall 15, Stand C06 Hall 13, Stand B91-5 force of 1600 kN and a size 50 time of six seconds. Also ❙ www.ferromatik.com ❙ www.extremecoating.com Trends and technical developments in the international flame retardant industry 7 - 9 December 2010 Intercontinental Hotel, Düsseldorf, Germany CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL PROGRAMME Images courtesy of: THOR * + 19% German VAT SPECIAL OFFER: Save (190* if you register before 8th November 2010 Organised by: Sponsored by: Media sponsor: Applied Market Information Ltd
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  • 42. dates for your diary Global exhibition guide 4-8 October Colombiaplast, Bogota, Colombia www.colombiaplast.com 27 Oct – 3 Nov K 2010, Düsseldorf, Germany www.k-online.de 1-4 December Euromold 2010, Frankfurt, Germany www.euromold.com 2-5 December Plast Eurasia 2010, Istanbul, Turkey www.plasteurasia.com 8-11 January Arab Plast 2011, Dubai, UAE www.arabplast.info 20-24 January Plastivision, Mumbai, India www.plastivision.org 25-28 January Interplastica 2011, Moscow, Russia www.interplastica.de 8-10 February PlasTec West, Anaheim, CA, USA www.plastecwest.com 16-18 February Nano Tech 2011, Tokyo, Japan www.nanotechexpo.jp/en 22-24 February Expo Plasticos, Monterrey, Mexico www.expoplasticos.com.mx 15-16 March MassPlastics, Fitchburg, MA, USA www.massplastics.com 26-28 April Plastic, Packaging and Print Asia, Pakistan www.plastpackasia.com 1-5 May ANTEC, Boston, MA, USA www.4spe.org 9-13 May BrasilPlast, Sao Paulo, Brazil www.brasilplast.com.br 12-18 May Interpack, Düsseldorf, Germany www.interpack.com 17-20 May Chinaplas 2011, Guangzhou, China www.chinaplasonline.com AMI conferences 20-22 Sept MERL Oilfield Engineering with Polymers, London, UK 26 Oct Plastics Industry Strategy Seminar, Cologne, Germany 29 Nov Plastics Industry Strategy Seminar, Dubai, UAE 1-2 Dec Minerals in Compounding, Atlanta, GA, USA For information on all 7-9 Dec Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture, Düsseldorf, Germany 7-9 Dec Thin Wall Packaging 2010, Cologne, Germany these events and other 7-9 Dec Fire Resistance in Plastics, Düsseldorf, Germany AMI conferences and 1-3 Feb Thermoplastics Concentrates 2011, Phoenix, AZ, USA seminars, see 15-17 Feb PVC Formulation 2011, Düsseldorf, Germany 8-10 March Commercialising Nanotubes 2011, Düsseldorf, Germany www.amiplastics.com 28-30 March Masterbatch Asia 2011, Singapore 29-30 March Bioplastics Compounding Processing, Miami, FL, USA 12-14 April Polymers in Photovoltaics 2011, Cologne, Germany Don’t miss a single issue Register now for your free subscription at: www.injectionworld.com And don’t forget to tell your colleagues, customers and suppliers about the magazine. You can use the e-mail button above (the envelope symbol in the browser) to help spread the word.

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