For NPE 2006, Ferromatik Milacron and FOBOHA teamed up to display a Ferromatik Milacron model K-TEC250S-2F-DETW injection molding machine with a secondary injection unit and FOBOHA's patented twin turning-cube. For this machine, Milacron mounted the secondary injection unit at a 40-degree angle on top of the moving platen. The change reduces the floor space required for a side-mounted secondary injection unit and saves cycle time by allowing the injection nozzle to stay mated to the hot runner system during clamp movement. Designed to be extremely flexible, the K-TEC machine is made on demand from standard available components. "You may not find another one configured exactly like it," says Ferromatik's Hare. "It is made of standard components — standard assemblies — all configured to generate machine that best suits this particular application."
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.