Husky Injection Molding Systems will present its new self-cleaning mold technology for the HyPET HPP5 preform manufacturing system at NPE 2015 (March 23 – 27, Orlando, Florida).
The new mold feature is part of the reduced maintenance package for the HyPET HPP5 system and can extend cleaning and greasing requirements to approximately every 500,000 cycles.
“Self-cleaning can eliminate up to 400 hours of maintenance time per year, which results in 5% more production time,” said Nicolas Rivollet, director of business development. Self-cleaning is a push-button that uses controlled flash of the tool to collect and remove dust built up in the vents.
Self-cleaning does not require an operator to go inside the machine, and can be performed as often as needed as there is virtually zero time penalty on production.
The system at NPE will also be equipped with Husky’s enhanced mold alignment technology that enables time to first refurbishment to be extended three times, while improving cycle times and part quality.
Using six sensors to detect the position of the core plate with respect to the cavity plate, the HyPET HPP5 mold alignment is a real-time, three dimensional measurement of the alignment displayed as constant feedback on the human machine interface (HMI).
If misalignment occurs, the HMI provides specific instructions to resolve it.
By turning a positioning device, the operator can re-align the tool with a resolution of a few microns, before the offset can cause excessive wear and impact quality.