Last year’s holder of record for the fastest machine at the Fakuma trade show in Friedrichshafen is set to repeat that feat again this year. At the booth of injection molding machine manufacturer Sumitomo Demag (Nurnberg, Germany), a high-speed El-Exis SP 200 will be molding four 125ml polypropylene gourmet containers, complete with their removal by a special handling robot, in just under two seconds (Hall B1, Stand 1105).
The 4-cavity hot-runner mold and the automation equipment for fast container removal was supplied by Brink B.V., of Harskamp in the Netherlands. Four polypropylene containers (PP supplied by Borealis), each with a weight of only 3.4 g, a diameter of 83 mm, a wall-thickness of 0.32 mm and a flow path/wall-thickness ratio of 213, are removed from the side by a robot that moves into the mold parting line. The containers are placed behind the machine, stacked and conveyed along the machine’s lateral axis. The automation plus all required modules are integrated into the compact protective housing with a footprint of no more than one square meter without a conveyor-belt.