NPE2012: "The Return of the Machines”

[image_0]"We know molders want to see equipment making parts, touch the controls, witness tangible differences from what they already have, and experience for themselves what they otherwise might only see in a brochure,” said David Preusse, president of Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc. (booth 2843). "At the same time, since our company handles large projects such as new molding plant launches, NPE2012 will give us an opportunity to show that we can produce a state of the art molding shop in only eight setup days.” Preusse reported that, in comparison with NPE2009, the Wittmann  Battenfeld booth will be larger and have more machines in operation, among them six integrated turnkey molding cells up to 1,000 tons, complete with robots, temperature controllers, dryers, loaders, and downstream automation, along with web-based support service.

The improved economy has prompted Engel Machinery, Inc. (booth 943) to increase its display of equipment to its pre-NPE2009 size. The company will  have 33% more equipment at its booth than in 2009, noted Engel North America president Mark Sankovitch. "All of our equipment at NPE2012 will be in operation, including part molding, downstream processing, and automated part handling,” he said. "A machine in operation allows visitors to see for themselves that the specifications quoted - cycle times, energy usage, and so forth - are achievable in operation, not just on paper.”

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag (booth 2103) brought only three machines to NPE2009 but will be exhibiting twelve at NPE2012, all of them running. "We're making a major investment in NPE2012 because of the improved economy, everything Orlando has to offer, and the need for our industry to come together and strengthen its capabilities,” said Jim Mitchell, executive vice president. "NPE2012 represents tremendous opportunities for exhibitors and attendees alike - it will be all about moving forward.” Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will exhibit machines ranging in clamp force from 55 to 496 tons. "We'll be demonstrating productivity solutions for everything from general purpose molding to ultra high-speed packaging, LSR molding, and in-mold labeling,” Mitchell said.

The exhibit of auxiliary equipment systems manufacturer Conair Group (Booth 3643) will be "the biggest we've ever had since we started exhibiting at NPE in 1963,” said Larry Doyle, vice president of global sales and marketing, "and we'll take about 30% more equipment to NPE2012 than we did in 2009.” Conair will have several systems in operation at NPE2012. "One of the most exciting displays at our booth will be a new material selection station with a machine-vision proofing system,” Doyle reported. "Every time a loader calls for material, the camera actually moves through the material manifold, using its vision and the system intelligence to verify that the right material is being sent to the right machine, blender, dryer, or other destination. Visitors will be able to work with the system and see the camera moving to validate their instructions - or invalidate them if they make a mistake.”