Processors no longer think "Shall I go all-electric or stick with hydraulic or hybrid," according to Nissei Plastic Industrial President Hozumi Yoda. "Now that 'hybrid' machines employing our [inverter-driven] X-Pump drive enable energy savings over standard hydraulic machines close to that achievable with all-electrics, the question is more 'Which is the right machine for my application'," he explains. "You might go for an all-electric for a high precision application but a hydraulic machine if extended holding pressure is required."
This is even the case in Japan, traditionally seen as a bastion of all-electric machines according to Yoda, who also stressed that while the market has seen a proliferation or servo-driven hydraulic pump-equipped 'hybrid' machines hit the market in recent years, Nissei's key differentiator was its patented control technology.
It wasn't all hybrid at the Nissei stand at IPF, however. The third generation of Nissei Plastic Industrial's all-electric machine series debuted at the IPF show in Tokyo as the NEX III Series. A new 15-inch vertical screen controller allows display of split screens that can be switched via iPad-esque swipes. Heat stability has also been improved in the barrel through insulation and refinements in the heating zones....