It’s an Interplas year, and while the Birmingham-based show is not a marquee event for the plastics universe, it retains some appeal for companies sourcing polymer-related products, services and equipment. Somewhat surprisingly, it is the only show this autumn where Ferromatik Milacron will present its new F-Series platform in a medical application.
A key feature of the series is its modularity, notes the company in a press release. The moulding machine is designed to enable a multitude of configurations, making it, in effect, fully customisable. “Users can focus on the aspects that are most important for their applications—performance, energy consumption, dynamics or precision—as well as any combination of electric or hydraulic drives,” says Thorsten Thümen, Director of Research & Development at Ferromatik Milacron. “The result is that users can assemble the most economical machine for their needs.”
At Interplas, Ferromatik Milacron will exhibit an F 80 machine with a clamping force of 800 kN, and an Advanced Performance size 40 injection unit with an injection speed of 500 mm/s and an L/D 22 screw. The machine has a tie-bar spacing of 470 x 470 mm. On the show floor, it will produce syringe guards using a 64-cavity mould from Schöttli with a cycle time of 5.8 seconds. The moulded parts are transferred by an Air-Move-System from Trio-technik into a carousel box filling unit. The F 80 on show is configured as a hybrid machine with electric drives for clamping, ejection and plasticising, and with accumulator hydraulics for injection.
The F-Series was officially introduced in May 2011 at the Ferromatik Milacron Open House in Malterdingen, Germany. (See medtechinsider editor Yvonne Klöpping’s German-language post, Ferromatik Milacron stellt neue modulare F-Serie für die Medizinindustrie vor).
When complete, the F-Series will encompass 10 machines with clamping forces ranging from 500 to 6500 kN. Designed for the packaging, consumer goods and medical technology industries, the line ultimately will replace Ferromatik Milacron’s current all-electric, hydraulic, and hybrid machines.
The company will be showing another machine from the F-Series with a packaging application at the Fakuma show in October.
Interplas comes to the NEC in Birmingham from 27 to 29 September.Norbert Sparrow