“Getting IML parts to market with speed and cost-effectiveness”
StackTeck announces a new commitment for the existing IML pilot cell at StackTeck. As with previous generations of IML pilot cells, the third generation cell began using automation equipment from ABB and CBW Automation. Since the demand for IML prototyping has been continuous and growing, StackTeck has purchased the automation as a permanent asset that will maintain the cell availability for customers on an ongoing basis.
The value of the IML pilot cell, is that it minimizes the cost of prototyping IML parts. A molder needs only to purchase molding surface components, a mandrel, and a magazine that are needed for a particular part. The rest of the hardware is already in place at StackTeck, including single cavity mold bases provided by StackTeck that are suitable for most packaging applications.
The current IML pilot cell is set up beside a 330T Husky test machine, however it is a flexible setup that can be moved to other machines when required. The system is equipped to run a single cavity mold, with automated handling of pre-cut labels, as well as part de-molding and stacking automation. StackTeck’s Technical Services Center has 10 bays for mold testing and an additional 4 bays for systems integrations, with test machines ranging in size from 110T to 660T.