More than 400 exhibitors at NPE2015 will have operating machinery, with the leading global manufacturers of injection molding equipment leading the pack.
Milacron Inc., will have 24,600 sq.ft of space, making it the largest booth in NPE history. Overall, more than 600 companies will have equipment at their booths and over 400 will be operating systems.
The NPE press office announced these specifics today based on a survey of equipment companies with the 50 largest booths:
● Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will demonstrate nine machines, including one with which the company will attempt to beat the world speed record for production of water bottle caps. The machine will be running a 96-cavity hot runner mold. “Each hour, the machine will be producing over 180,000 lightweight 1.3-gram HDPE water bottle caps with tamper-evident band molded by mechanical slides,” said vice president and COO John F. Martich III. “The sub-two-second cycle, the waterfall of 96 caps out of the mold, and the caps literally flying by on the IMDvista vision inspection system— it will definitely draw a crowd.”
● KraussMaffei Group will show a process combining injection molding and thermoforming of composite sheets. At the booth, the company will produce glass-reinforced nylon airbag housings in cycle times of 45 seconds. Showcasing the Netstal brand will be a molding line producing 44-oz stadium cups and another producing 16-oz containers with cycles of 5.5 seconds on a 4 + 4 cavity mold.
● Absolute HAITIAN, the U.S. arm of the Chinese giant manufacturer, will have a 25 percent larger booth and more machines on display than at NPE2012, said Glenn Frohring, president. Four injection molding machines will be in operation, including a high-speed all-electric unit for cap and closure production.
● Engel will have one more molding cell than at NPE2012 and will operate eight in all. As previously reported on The Molding Blog, one system will mold a geometrically optimized, stress-resistant brake pedal based on a new process developed in partnership with ZF-Friedrichshafen. Using a vertical insert molding machine with a multi-axis industrial robot and infrared oven, a continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic semi-finished product (known as thermoplastic fabric) will be heated, preformed in a mold and immediately overmolded with polyamide. The system produces ready-to-fit components.
● UBE Machinery will show a 1,000-ton, fully servo hydraulic molding machine equipped with a SmartHeat barrel from Nordson Xaloy, that offers 70 percent savings in electricity.
● Wittmann Battenfeld has expanded its total show footprint by 10 percent compared to NPE2012, said David Preusse, president. Shown in operation will be fully integrated, turnkey injection molding cells. Also new will be a smartphone app that enables molders to monitor the status of all of their production cells and robots.
● Yushin America will have about 30 percent more space than in 2012 and double the number of injection molding machines with robots in various booths, said Ronald Bryant, equipment sales manager. “Attendees have requested more running cells versus static displays, so we have increased the overall number of robots operated by partner OEMs throughout the West Hall.”
The previously largest American plastic show (in square feet of exhibit space) was held in Chicago in 2000. NPE2015 will be held in Orlando, Florida, March 23 to 27.