The Fakuma 2011 marks the start of sales of the new NC5 plus controller version. In this case, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has made the structure of the former NC5 controller with its immense bandwidth even clearer, as well as creating and adding new functions. The reinforced visual guidance for the user opens the door to much more streamlined usage at the same time as an extended range of functions.
One of these new functions in the NC5 plus controller is activeAdjust, for example: Using a slider, the operator can increase or – if required – reduce the dynamics of the mould movement to suit the individual application, without external help. At the same time, the activeAdjust function is not just restricted to mould movements, but to any machine movement such as ejector movement as well as changing over from injection pressure to final intensified pressure. The injection moulding machine is designed to cover a wide range of applications as standard, whilst this new feature offers the opportunity of adjusting the machine to the product and the process as effectively as possible.
El-Exis SP: Full-cover labelling offers new possibilities in the packaging industry
The individual adjustment option with activeAdjust makes it possible to obtain maximum performance from the machine dynamics above all when it comes to the high-speed production of packaging components. Based on many years of experience in the packaging market, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag developed the new El-Exis SP (Speed Performance) series and presented it as the K 2010, thereby demonstrating greater dynamic performance and efficiency compared to the El-Exis S.
The high-performance El-Exis SP series with hybrid drive will be demonstrating its performance at the Fakuma 2011 with an innovative feature in process technology. Together with Marbach moulds & automation GmbH based in Bad Urach, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will be demonstrating the manufacture of thin-walled shells on its stand, with the feature of full-cover labelling. The special feature of this new in-mould labelling process is that the sleeve label and the base label are inserted overlapping around a radius, thereby providing complete coverage of the plastic surface with the label up to a high level on the sealing edge.
The new development in in-mould labelling runs on a high-speed El-Exis SP 200 machine (2,000 kN) equipped with a double IML mould from Marbach. The production cell produces 250 g shells in a cycle time of approx. 3 s. Here too, the advantages of the new NC5 plus controller version come into play: As part of the activeEcon function, it is possible to produce a detailed energy consumption analysis of all machine movements for each shot, thereby enabling the process to be optimised from an energy standpoint.