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Netstal demonstrates system expertise at K 2016

Netstal demonstrates system expertise at K 2016
Netstal will demonstrate its accumulated expertise as a provider of system solutions at K 2016 in Düsseldorf (October 19–26, 2016, Hall 15, Booth B27/C24/C27/D24). The world's first 128-cavity pipette tip production line with highly efficient handling solution was realized on the basis of an all-electric Elion 2800 together with our partners, Tanner Formenbau and Zubler Handling.

For maximum productivity: Netstal presents the world's first 128-cavity pipette tip production line at K 2016

On the joint stand of the KraussMaffei Group, Netstal will demonstrate its expertise as a system provider with the production of pipette tips on an all-electric Elion 2800-870. In the world's first mold with 128 cavities from Tanner Formenbau, the pipette tips will be produced with a cycle time of just 5.6 seconds, which corresponds to a daily output of around 2 million units. Despite this huge production volume, it is important to bear in mind that the pipette tip is a piece of medical technology and an extremely delicate component with a wall thickness of 0.38 mm and a part weight of just 0.26 g that is only possible with the tightest of production tolerances. The high precision-controlled process of the all-electric Elion 2800 ensures that the shot weight of 33.28 g is distributed in equal parts over the 128 cavities. The very high process consistency of the injection molding machine assures equally high parts quality in continuous operation. "The related automation solution of Zubler Handling does not require a larger footprint than a comparable 64-cavity system. This enables manufacturers to double their productivity in the same space," said Dr. Blessing, head of the medical technology and precision parts business unit at Netstal. A composite removal gripper made of carbon and aluminum removes the 128 pipette tips during a mold open time of less than 0.9 seconds. The presence of each individual part is checked at the same time. The pipette tips then directly and separately (according to cavity) go onto the tray. "To ensure the high quality of the sensitive product, there is no reaching into the collar at any time and the outlet opening of the pipette tip also remains untouched," remarked Dr. Blessing.

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Although the complete automation solution has a very compact construction, the space available on the exhibition area would still be exceeded. For this reason, the subsequent tasks - such as filter configuration, quality control with industrial cameras and automated packaging - will be demonstrated via installed monitors. Systems completed at any earlier stage, which meet the high removal performance and have passed the strict qualification process, can be called upon for this. Such productions have already been realized in Germany, Switzerland and the US.

For maximum success: Netstal provides its customers with turnkey injection molding systems from a single source

The Netstal product brand is an international provider of premium high-performance and high-precision injection molding technology. Netstal impresses its customers with constant innovations and services, as well as with highly efficient and performance-driven technological approaches for the beverage, packaging and medical technology industries in particular. Still relatively unknown, however, is the pronounced system expertise of the company from the Swiss canton of Glarus. "The requirements and demands on the automated production of plastic products vary for each customer. Netstal takes this into account and that is why it has acquired impressive know-how in the development of applications over the years," said Dr. Blessing. During the development of the system solution, Netstal accompanies and supports its customers intensively from the initial project idea, through prototyping up to installation and commissioning during production. Innovative service products in After-Sales Service contribute to high system availability and continuous optimization of production processes.

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For maximum efficiency: Close collaboration with specialized mold making, robotics and automation partners

Together with specialized partners from the fields of mold making, robotics and automation, Netstal develops customized production systems for its customers. This offers customers numerous success factors that result from cooperation with Netstal. Access to an independent partner network guarantees the best possible customer solution and provides maximum flexibility in the selection of system components. On-site system integration and commissioning is especially efficient and requires a minimal coordination effort. A complex system solution ultimately always comprises subsystems of different manufacturers that must still function seamlessly with one another. That is why it is also strategically advantageous for the user if there is a contact person available in After-Sales Service for the complete system.

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Netstal at K 2016, Hall 15, Booth B27/C24/C27/D24