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Engel will show its latest injection-moulding technology at Fakuma 2009, to be held in Friedrichshafen from 13-17 October.

For example, Engel will show a fully electric Engel E-motion 100 T for clean-room applications and an Engel Victory 160 Ecodrive.

In the ‘small large-scale machine series’, Engel will display the Duo Pico – complete with Ecodrive system, including speed-controlled pumps.

Its variable-drive motor-speed helps to achieve the perfect operating point for each movement.

The machine also features a plasticising drive, which is disabled during plasticising.

The Engel Duo Pico uses 25 per cent less energy than competing products.

The Ecodrive option saves further energy.

At Fakuma, Engel’s duo 3550/500 Pico Ecodrive will produce a 1+1-fold PA mirror housing for the automotive industry.

It will use a mould that uses a refrigerant as its cooling medium.

Cycle times can be reduced by up to 30 per cent by cooling the mould at the places that a legacy water-cooling system cannot access.

The robot to be used here will be an Engel ERC 33.

The Engel E-motion 310/100 T will manufacture PP pipette tips in a cycle time of just six seconds: the parts are injected, monitored by cameras and deposited on racks sorted by cavity.

The mould is by Tanner Formenbau AG from Feuerthalen/Switzerland; automation by Waldorf-Technik.

Modern, electric machines offer many advantages for production in the field of medical technology.

They are particularly powerful and offer a dry cycle of less than one second.

The tie-bars are lubrication-free and the plate contacts are generously dimensioned.

An oil-return system on the toggle lever prevents contamination by operating resources.

Encapsulated clamping drives with a closed lubricating system for the ball-thread spindle mean that the visual appearance remains perfect.

Encapsulated drives and spindles and the oil-recovery system at the toggle lever reduce noise and friction and provide a harmonious sequence of movements.

On the injection unit side, a dynamic injection drive with adjustment times in the millisecond range supports injection speeds of up to 500mm/s and injection pressures of up to 2800 bar.

Again, encapsulated ball-thread spindles that run in an oil bath (low consumption, leak-free) with a high level of efficiency and encapsulated toothed belts offer best-of-class conditions for controlled production.

The Engel E-motion medical series combines best-of-class performance and cleanliness.

It is available as a continuous series with up to 5000kN (500 tonf) clamping force.

The Engel Victory 160 with Ecodrive replaces the 150 tonne size and offers more space and flexibility.

Equipped with Flex-Link, including an integrated force divider as a factory standard (this is a system for high-precision platen parallelism and minimal wear and tear on moulds), the machine has an exciting, modern design and supports FEM (finite element method) optimisation.

FEM-optimised parts keep accelerated masses as low as possible.

Besides reduced dry cycle times, this also saves considerable energy.

On top of this, the Victory 160 is the first fully hydraulic injection-moulding machine with the servohydraulic Ecodrive.

At Fakuma, the machine will produce a shut-off weight for cisterns on a two-fold mould by Buchler Werkzeugbau AG from Flawil/CH.

The PP part is injection moulded in a cycle time of approximately 18 seconds and demoulded by an Engel ERC 23.

The Engel Speed 180/55 machine has a clamping force of 1,800kN (180tonf) and at the show will produce polystyrene (143 E) airline cups, which will be decorated using the in-mould labelling (IML) method.

The machine has a cycle time of approximately 3.5 seconds and achieves an output of more than 4000 cups per hour.

The four-cavity mould was produced by Glaroform AG, Nafels/Switzerland and the fast take-off automation by Beck Automation, Oberengstringen/Switzerland.

Besides injection-moulding systems, Engel will also present the new Engel Viper robot generation – in an attractive stand-alone presentation.

The Viper generation of robots is characterised by maximum stability and optimum acceleration.

Vibration-control software prevents structure-borne oscillations and the modern drive-system guarantees best-of-class dynamics on a compact footprint.

The Engel Viper robot generation is a crucial step towards bolstering Engel’s system competency; the Viper 40 will be the first model to become available.

Models 20 and 60 will become available early in 2010.

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