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Negri Bossi at K2019

 

K2019, held in Dusseldorf every three years, is one of the world’s most important plastics exhibitions, for this reason, NB once again brings technology and innovation to the show.

On a 480 mq stand (HALL 15 stand B22) NB will be displaying four machines the focal point being the all-new NOVAs600T a machine which completes this series of machines. In addition to this, NB is also showing two electric machines from its NOVA eT range as well as a 330 tonnes servo-hydraulic machine.

NOVA s600T

The NOVA s600T comes from the NOVA sT range that is available from 600 to 1300 tonnes. The new and innovative range has a unique toggle system that gives all benefits of a traditional toggle system whilst generating a footprint close to that of a two-platen machine. The machines come with the latest generation servo-hydraulic system for maximum performance and energy-saving combined with the patented and technology leading Motus controller with its revolutionary virtual object system for axis movement. This machine will be making a folding crate with part extraction via a SYTRAMA robot going to an assembly station.

Two NOVA eT all-electric machines completed the collection of NOVA machines on display. The NOVA eT range is aimed at the Packaging, Closure, Medical, and Optical moulding sectors and is precise, efficient, and fast. The NOVA eT range is from 50 to 350 tonnes. The machines feature the smart flex two clamp units specially designed for electric actuation and for reduced dry cycle times. The whole range features generous tie bar spacing, high injection speeds, and Tactum multi‐touch controller with scroll, zoom and swipe capability.

The first NOVA e130T on the stand fitted with a 40 mm barrier screw will run a mould, made by MOLMASA (Barcelona, Spain), to produce Roll On. This moulding solution for the packaging industry is a new patented method for producing high-quality plastic blown bottles directly from the injection moulding machine. The benefits of this application are a compact mould concept operation simple and reliable, horizontal injection moulding machine used, simple and fast start‐up, high quality of the final product and a low cost of the moulded pieces production.

The second NOVA eT is a 220‐tonne model that produces glass thanks to a four‐impression mould made by FB Moulds, and it is completed by a bagging machine. Parts are extracted via a side entry SYTRAMA Robot and placed into the bagging line. This is an ideal application in which traditional machines struggle in terms of energy consumption and performance.

The fourth machine will be a 330-tonne machine that produces a broom brush incorporating our FMC technology. FMC is a technique of moulding with gas (nitrogen in microcellular form) which reduces the weight of the product and eliminates aesthetic defects. The use of WPC (wood plastic compound) raw material in addition to the FMC system guarantees an ecological solution for plastic production. Using Negri Bossi’s experience in gas injection, FMC system is the best solution to reduce weight because this application produces moulded material in a microcellular form, available both for thermoplastics and liquid silicon rubber (LSR). The machine is also equipped with a brush making machine (Borghi).

All machines have Sytrama automation, our sister company and on the stand will be a little demonstration with a Sytrama robot playing noughts and crosses.

The NB AMICO 4.0 system dedicated to industry 4.0 will be shown on a display area where customers could see the latest developments achieved through the collaboration with our partner Open Plast.

Open Plast, the Italian platform dedicated to plastic and rubber sector, allows completion of the industry 4.0 chain from machines to customers ERP system.

Come and see what NB, a market leader for more than 70 years, can do for you and your business.

NOVA eT Technology Improves Process and Productivity for IVM

 

Less than six months after the delivery of their first NOVA eT All-Electric machine, County Durham based IVM Ltd has taken delivery of a 280-tonne model.  The machine was purchased to produce an existing under-seat automotive component, with a visible and textured front face.

Negri Bossi NOVA eT at IVM
The 280-tonne NOVA eT machine on the day of delivery

The tool previously ran on a modern 270-tonne hydraulic machine achieving a 46 second cycle time. There were serious quality issues relating to gas being trapped within the tools cavity.  Despite the addition of gas vents, surface defects resulting from burning were at an unacceptable level.  IVM’s Managing Director, Ian Davidson commented,

“People are surprised when we tell them that we chose All-Electric technology primarily to increase productivity and improve the quality of an existing component.  We all know that these machines use less energy, are cleaner, quieter and have a much smaller cooling requirement than hydraulic models.  These are all contributing factors, but we wouldn’t have made this decision based on these benefits alone.

“We were confident that the proven advantages of the NOVA eT could help us to resolve both the current quality concern, and reduce the cycle time.  Having now eliminated the gas burning issue and also significantly reduced cycle times, we were right to be optimistic.”

“Venting is no longer an issue, as we are able to commence material injection when the tool faces are exactly 0.5mm apart.  This ability to utilise ‘pre-injection’ has both resolved the quality issue and contributed towards the cycle time improvement.

Screenshot showing the cycle breakdown and cycle time
Screenshot showing the cycle breakdown and cycle time

“Most of the cycle time reduction directly relates to the machine’s technological advantages.  For example, the opening stroke has been reduced by a second, the machine ‘relaxing’ the toggles towards the end of the cooling phase.  This means that acceleration is virtually instantaneous once mould opening commences.

“Component ejection now commences once mould open is at 60mm.  This ability to ‘eject on the fly’ also means that there is no dwell between mould fully open and mould close commencing.”

“In summary, the NOVA eT is a ‘fast’ machine when you compare it to a servo-hydraulic equivalent.  All movements have a higher acceleration and deceleration curve, which when coupled with the ability to overlap all phases of the mould cycle, equates to greater productivity.

“All-Electric technology comes with a price premium, only some of which can be justified by energy savings.  Shaving 20% off a cycle time is the real benefit to us, as higher productivity means lower part cost and a quicker ROI.”

Negri Bossi Group CEO, Craig Ward, recently attended an Open Day at the UK’s Rugby facility.  His presentation made a very compelling argument for investment in all-electric technology when machines are below 250 tonnes, citing ‘life costs’ and productivity levels as paramount to European manufacturing facilities and their related overheads.

He went on to postulate that most costings/justifications for the higher levels of investment required were not sophisticated enough and therefore accurate enough to give the correct outcome when deciding between hydraulic or all-electric technology.  When done correctly, the conclusion should invariably be, that in the European market, there was no longer a place for a high-end, sub-250-tonne hydraulic machine.  Investing in machines such as the NOVA eT should future proof the purchasing decision, as the argument will only become more compelling during the service life of the equipment.

The NOVA eT range is available in tonnages between 50 and 350 tonnes and with a choice of injection units.  A 130-tonne machine is currently available to view at Negri Bossi UK’s Rugby showroom.

Negri Bossi at MECSPE 2019

 

Negri Bossi will be present at MECSPE, the first Italian event of 2019, that will take place in Parma from the 28th to the 30th March. Negri Bossi enjoyed an increase in the Italian market share last year and attendance at this event clearly demonstrates the commitment we maintain for the domestic market.

On Hall 6 stand number D05 Negri Bossi will be exhibiting a new machine from the NOVA platform, a NOVA eT 100 tonnes, Euromap 490 injection unit, complete with Tactum Multi Touch controller.

The NOVA eT is a fully electric machine, designed for reliability and longevity. Amongst the key features are:

  • Self-lubricating linear bearings on the moving platen. This ensures cleanliness of the die area, making the machine perfect for cleanroom environments.
  • Robust injection drive system with high speed, high load ball screws.
  • Significant energy savings when compared to conventional hydraulic drive solutions
  • Substantially reduced cycle times due to fully overlapping movements.

The range, from 50 to 350 tons, is equipped with the new TACTUM Controller, user friendly and innovative, with swipe and scroll function and a gesture navigation, which is fast and intuitive. During the event, the machine will produce an ice cream pot, in Polypropylene material. The moulding weighs 25 gr and will be running in a cycle time of 5 seconds. The mould is produced by SCS srl Moulds Construction Society, located near Ancona since 1989. Sytrama Automation, our sister company, will also be on the stand demonstrating a S7 Robot.

MB Spritzgusstechnik invests in a second BIPOWER i2700P machine with automation

 

Established in 2003, MB Spritzgusstechnik in Marktoberdorf (Bayern, Germany), is an owner-managed company. MB develops and produces technically sophisticated injection molded parts from almost all common thermoplastics and recycled materials. The “passion for plastic” of the founder Michael Bechtel, who has more than 25 years of industry experience as a plastic mold manufacturer and plastics technician, is evident in all areas of the company. The factory is passionate about processing recycled materials and re-using raw material to extend life cycles.

MB Spritzgusstechnik ensures they have the most advanced plastic injection technology installed in their factory. This technology enables them to efficiently process recycled plastic to produce Industrial pallets. A 2nd Negri Bossi BIPOWER i2700P-H56000 has recently been installed: a two-platen machine with 27000 KN clamping force and injection capacity of 28 kg in HDPE. The machine is equipped with a servo electric screw rotation and special screw profile for complex recycled materials. A complete Sytrama automation cell with Kuka 6-axis robot completes the installation.

Negri Bossi BIPOWER i2700P
Injection Moulding Machine: The new BIPOWER i2700P-H56000 at MB-Spritzgusstechnik.

The injection unit is specifically designed to provide a homogenous and consistent melt quality of the recycled

material. This includes a special barrier screw with feeder aids to ensure optimal processing conditions.

The control interface of the BIPOWER model is ergonomic and intuitive, based on an intelligent, self-explanatory menu. Technicians do not require additional training or long learning phases, especially as the system is backed up with the support of the AMICO™ 4.0 system. Amico provides remote technical assistance ensuring a fast response to resolving queries or issues.

MB Spritzgusstechnik has 160 employees and 30 machines installed, and this latest investment in the BIPOWER machine is integral to a strategic move toward sustainable growth and technological advancement.

MB Spritzgusstechnik has continuously renewed their machinery profile, with purchases of both, Negri Bossi Vector and BiPower machines in recent years. MB have an excellent technical competency, and their trust in Negri Bossi is testament to the faith they place in the quality and technology supplied by the company.
Negri Bossi in very proud to continue their collaboration with this prominent and valuable partner.

VIEW THE NEGRI BOSSI BIPOWER RANGE

Negri Bossi at Interplastica 2019

Negri Bossi will be present at Interplastica, first event of the year 2019 that will take place in Moscow from 29th January to 1st February  1. Negri Bossi’s annual attendance at this event is testament to its continued interest and support for the Russian market.

On Stand C29, Hall 21 Negri Bossi will be exhibiting for the first time at this event , the new machine of platform NOVA , the NOVA eT 100 tons Euromap 490 injection unit ,complete with the control Multi touch Tactum.

The NOVA eT is a total electric machine designed for reliability and longevity. The main benefits are: self-lubricating linear bearings on the moving platen that ensure cleanliness of the die area, making the machine perfect for cleanroom environments; the machine offers also energy savings of up to 80%when compared to conventional hydraulic drive solutions, and substantially reduced cycle times due to fully overlapping movements.

The range is equipped with the new TACTUM Controller, user friendly and innovative with swipe and scroll function and a gesture navigation fast and intuitive. During the event, the machine will produce an Ice Cream pot, in Polypropylene material; the piece moulded weighs 25 gr with a cycle time of 5 seconds. The mould is a production of the SCS factory (Moulds Construction Society) located near Ancona with more than 30 years of experience. On stand will be present also Sytrama Automation, our sister company, with a S7 Robot.