There’ll be a hot new assembly tool on display at the Fakuma show in Germany next month. The Zahoransky Group, which has produced more than 500 multi-component molds, will be showing the first-ever Servo Cavity Positioning System (SCPS), which is a sophisticated way to make a three- or four-color part with one standard injection molding machine without using ancillary systems, such as indexing platens. In a nutshell, it means if you want to design a plastic part with four types of material, the cost just dropped, possibly substantially. You’ll need a good production run, though, because this tool is sure to be pricey.
For starters, the SCPS mold has a control system that is independent of the machine control system. Movements are controlled by precise electric motors. Indexing components rise upward (via spindle) in the moving half of the tool to various injection stations.
At the JEC Europe 2015 composites show in Paris last month, makers of composite materials, software, and process equipment showed off their latest innovations. This year's show saw some announcements related to automotive applications, but many of the improvements came in the world of aerospace.
The DuPont-sponsored Plastics Industry Trends survey shows engineers want improved performance in a broad range of plastics and better recycling technology. These concerns top even processing enhancements that improve productivity.
Plastics leader SABIC recently announced a global initiative to help its customers take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM) and also advance 3D printing (3DP) technologies in several application areas. The company's plans go way beyond materials, and also include design, processing, and part performance.
A theme that was reflected in several ways at NPE 2015 was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.
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