Haitian is introducing a new all-electric line for medical molding at NPE2012 that is the fruition of a seven-year German-based development project to break into the Japanese-dominated field of high-tech, all electric injection molding machinery.
The innovations are coming from Zhafir Plastics Machinery GmbH, which started in 2005 as a development center to design improved injection molding machines from the ground up. Haitian acquired 91% of Zhafir in 2007, while Helmar Franz, the CEO of Zhafir, retained 9%. A 4,300 square meter manufacturing plant in Ebermannsdorf, Germany was completed at the end of 2009.
One of the first results of the effort was the Zhafir Venus line, which was introduced in North America at NPE2009 by Absolute Haitian (Worcester, MA), which represents Haitian in the United States and Canada.
On display at NPE2012 April 1-5 (booth 1573) will be a Zhafir Mercury 1000-35/35, a tiebarless, all-electric machine that uses side plates rather than tiebars to create 70% more mold space, allowing use of larger tools on smaller machines. The machine design is described as 30% slimmer than previous models, boosting productivity per square foot....