Leading with the motto ‘circular economy meets digital,’ Netstal and its partners will present a packaging solution with reduced plastic content at Fakuma 2021, along with its e-Service platform. Netstal can be found on Stand 5217 in Hall B5 at Fakuma.
Fakuma will take place at the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Centre in Germany from 12 to 16 October 2021.
On an ELION 2200-1000, 1.2-litre SPIES PC round pails with paper chassis are produced. A pre-printed band of coated cardboard is inserted into the two cavities of the mould using IML robotics. A PP plastic is then injected via channels to fill the rim of the bucket and firmly bond it to the cardboard band. The cycle time is 5 seconds. Robotics removes the finished pails and stacks them on a conveyor belt after a camera check. Subsequently, the pail stacks are packed fully automatically into provided boxes with the help of a SMART COBOT BOXING robot.
System partners of the exhibit are SPIES Kunststoffe, Muller Technology Conthey, Motan colortronic, EF cooling, SABIC, Storaenso and Engelhardt Etikett. With this application, NETSTAL and its development partners demonstrate a novel 1.2-litre pail with minimal weight and maximum content of renewable raw materials. To ensure the durability of the contents and tightness, the cardboard sleeves are coated with PP and have plastic seams. The design possibilities of the label are just as perfect as with the classic thin-wall packaging, which is decorated using the IML process.
Maximum injection performance with perfect precision and repeatability
The skeleton framework, injection moulded from PP, has a wall thickness of 0.92mm in the area of the flow bars. The plastic content of a round bucket is only 11.5 grams. In order to be able to reproduce the fine structures with high shot weight consistency reliably, high injection performance with precise control is essential. This is a task for which the ELION 2200 in the version with hybrid injection unit and double valve technology is predestined. The flow path/wall thickness ratio of this application is 1:305, which requires very high injection dynamics. Also of key importance: plasticising must be perfectly designed to ensure optimum color homogeneity. Despite its enormous performance capacity, the ELION operates very energy-efficiently. For high overall system effectiveness, all peripherals have been integrated into the aXos machine control system. The optional SMART OPERATION 4-key control system supports users in achieving their efficiency targets. Guided operation reliably prevents operating errors and unplanned downtimes.
Free Netstal e-Service
In the service corner of the stand in Hall B5, visitors can gather information about the wide range of services offered as part of the Netstal Life Cycle concept. In addition to the classic offerings, Netstal has been offering its own online service portal since 2018. The document repository included in the e-Service eliminates the need to search for specific machine documents. The innovative platform provides clear access to electrical diagrams, technical data as well as setting instructions. The quick identification and ordering of spare parts are made possible by the integrated 3D spare parts catalog with graphical visualisation of the individual machine components. With the user-friendly ticketing system, support can be requested directly from a distance in the event of service. The e-Service is part of the scope of delivery of all Netstal machines and can be used by all customers free of charge.
ISO 17025 accredited calibration of injection moulding machines
From January 2022, Netstal will offer ISO 17025 accredited calibration of injection moulding machines. With risk-based calibration by trained calibration personnel, Netstal guarantees proven measurement accuracy of the relevant sensor signals within a defined measurement uncertainty range. The company has successfully fulfilled the certification criteria as an accredited laboratory according to ISO 17025. The certificate will be issued by the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS) by the end of the year.
Click here to learn more about Fakuma 2021, and don’t forget to visit Netstal on Stand 5217, located in Hall B5.