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India Plastic Scrap Ban In Effect

The Indian government announced it’s plan to ban plastic scrap imports earlier this year and will take effect on August 31st.  Since the China ban last year, India was the top importer of plastic scrap material, rough figures around 156 million pounds, for the first six months of 2019.  The ban is proposed to cover most plastics under the 3915 tariff code, including PET, PE, PP, PS and more.

For the time being, however, clean regrind is still going to the country, traders say, and it’s mostly the baled scrap plastic that has been impacted.

The influx of material has led to greater attention to contamination, particularly when the importing country does not have adequate infrastructure to dispose of that contamination.

These issues have built significant public pressure on governments to take action in thinking green and instill people to separate trash and recyclables so that we can preserve our planet we live on to better our children’s future here on this planet.

In the US, California is taking major initiative to drive new plastic recycling facilities by providing grants.

Hirate America has solutions to provide full turn key plastic recycling systems with a combination of full wash lines with shredders (Lindner Resource, specializing in waste management)  and all-in-one shredder + extruder + pelletizer by Next Generation Recycling (NGR).

Credit to Plastics Recycling Update, see full original article here.

 

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Push for Bag Manufacturers to Utilize Recycled Plastics

There continues to be a big push to increase recycled post-consumer plastics use in bag production especially in the state of California.

Garbage bags sold in California have been required to be made with 10% post-consumer plastic for nearly 30 years. And since 2016, concurrent with a single-use bag ban at retail stores, the state has required that all reusable plastic bags be made with 20% post-consumer plastic. That requirement increases to 40% next year.

There are several companies that have received grant funding to push plastic recycling in California.

If your company has been on the fence on turn key plastic recycling systems and processing to create product now is the time to move forward.

Hirate America has solutions to provide full turn key plastic recycling systems with a combination of full wash lines with shredders (Lindner Resource, specializing in waste management)  and all-in-one shredder + extruder + pelletizer by Next Generation Recycling (NGR).

Credit to Plastics Recycling Update, see full original article here.

 

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India to End Plastic Scrap Imports

The Indian government says it will ban scrap plastic imports, a move that threatens to further disrupt the U.S. recycling industry by closing a growing market.

“Solid plastic waste has been prohibited from import into the country,” the release stated, specifying that the ban closes exemptions to existing import restrictions. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) shared the information in an alert to members Wednesday March 6, 2019.

India has become a larger scrap plastic importer over the past two years and was among the top importers of U.S. plastic in 2018. The increase has been driven by the loss of China as a downstream outlet for U.S. plastic scrap went into effect at the start of 2018.

U.S. year-end trade figures for 2018, released this week, show India brought in 294 million pounds of scrap plastic last year. That was up from 271 million pounds in 2017 and 203 million pounds in 2016.

The release doesn’t specify a date of implementation and also doesn’t get into detail on resins (possibilities include PET, PE, PP, PE and PS) that will be covered by the new regulation.

California is a proven leader in environmental initiatives and policy and recyclers are now pushing to making substantial investments in mixed-plastics processing capacity, bringing positive news for a region hard hit by China’s ban.

The operations are installing lines for sorting mixed-plastic bales into discrete materials, some of which they’ll further process to clean and wash, shred, extrude and finally pelletize so you can put this material back into your products.

If your company has been on the fence on turn key plastic recycling systems and processing to create product now is the time to move forward.

Hirate America has solutions to provide full turn key plastic recycling systems with a combination of full wash lines with shredders (Lindner Resource, specializing in waste management)  and all-in-one shredder + extruder + pelletizer by Next Generation Recycling (NGR).

Credit to Plastics Recycling Update, see full original article here.

 

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Thank You For Visiting Us at the 2019 PLASTEC WEST (MD&W West)

We hope you had the chance to stop by both of our booths.
Our LS Mtron (LG Electronics) 550ton “The One Series” was a huge hit and had many compliments on how quiet and efficient it ran.
Just a recap, we provide full turn-key solutions for plastic processing:

  • Hyundai and LS Mtron – South Korean injection molding machines
  • Nissei ASB – One-step injection stretch blow molding machines
  • Motan – Central material handling systems, blenders and central drying
  • Dri-Air – Portable dryers and material handling systems
  • Thermal Care – Process water cooling systems
  • FIPA – End of arm tooling components
  • MAC – Conveyor belts, automatic box fill systems and resin bins
  • Sailor – High speed top entry robots & beside-the-press- custom automation systems
  • Yudo – Economical top entry robots and side entry robots
  • SRS Corp. – Beside the press, screenless granulators and dedusters
  • Sesotec – Metal detection, metal separation, magnets
  • ALPS – Leak detection for blow molding
  • SFM – Screws and barrels
  • Gammaflux – hot runner controllers
  • NGR – One-step shredder, extruder, pelletizer recycling system
  • Lindner – High throughput shredders and wash line systems
  • CMG – Granulators and shredders

Our latest product line brochure, which showcases all the products we represent along with some real case studies can be downloaded on our website Hirate America.   Please let us know and we’ll be happy to send you a hard copy as well.

In the meantime if you have any questions, or need assistance with your application, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be more than happy to provide our expertise.

Again, thank you for considering Hirate America and we look forward to the opportunity of serving you.

If you have a project that you would like to discuss, feel free to contact us below to schedule a free consultation.

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PLASTEC WEST (MD&W West) 2019 Event

Happy New Year and hope you enjoyed your holiday!  It’s that time of year again and Hirate America (one-stop-shop for injection molding, blow molding, auxiliaries, extrusion and recycling equipment in the plastics industry).
PLASTEC West 2019 (MD&M West) will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on February 5-7.
We wanted to change things up a bit this year so we will be having and 2 separate booth locations!
Booth #3842 – Will be displaying our auxiliary equipment lines
Booth #4011 – Will be displaying and running our flag ship 550ton “The One Series” from LS Mtron (LG).

If you haven’t already get your complimentary expo admission by visiting:
www.plastecwest.com/special and use promo code SPECIALHIR33

We hope you get the chance to stop by our booths, meet the team, and see what new products we have for 2019.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Our latest product line brochure, which showcases all the products we represent along with some real case studies can be downloaded on our website Hirate America.   Please let us know and we’ll be happy to send you a hard copy as well.

In the meantime if you have any questions, or need assistance with your application, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be more than happy to provide our expertise.

Again, thank you for considering Hirate America and we look forward to the opportunity of serving you.

If you have a project that you would like to discuss, feel free to contact us below to schedule a free consultation.

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Why do you need to dry plastic resins or pellets when injection molding or extrusion?

This article is meant to help those who have little to no understanding of drying plastic resins.

There are many different types of plastic resins, but they can all be split into two basic categories: hygroscopic or non-hygroscopic. The definition of hygroscopic is: of a substance tending to absorb moisture from the air. This means that some plastic resins/pellets absorb moisture just by being expo

sed to ambient air. (note that the surrounding “ambient” air we are exposed to is always considered moist/wet unless it is at 0 or negative F in dew point, this includes the air inside of material conveying lines and hoppers.)

The moisture that gets absorbed deep within a pellet can have negative effects to the quality of whatever product is being molded, and it then becomes necessary to dry the pellet before molding. Some of these “negative effects” are:

Splay or Steam typically visible streaks or bubbles in or on the end-product caused by the boiling of the moisture in the pellet that becomes gas/steam.

  • The loss of the strength in end products.  The moisture in the plastic weakens the molecular bonds in the plastic, which can cause the end product to be brittle.
  • Inconsistencies in the injection molding or extrusion process caused by the fluctuations in viscosity of the resin which is a major factor in injection molding / extrusion. One major example of this is with Nylon, which will actually spit or drool out of the nozzle when purging if it is not dried properly.

How to Dry Hygroscopic Resins

There are 4 main factors that must be met and precisely controlled to dry hygroscopic resins.

One common misconception about drying material is that the “wetness” of resin is the topical surface moisture, but the actual moisture content of a plastic pellet is measured in parts per million (PPM) and refers to the moisture content within a pellet.

 

 

 

 
Temperature
All hygroscopic resins have a specific temperature set point that they must be at to release the moisture within the pellet. It is important to know that if the material is below the predetermined temperature set point, even if it were to  be left in a dryer all night it may l never release the moisture within the pellet (be dry). It is also important to note that raising the temperature above its specified setpoint is not an acceptable shortcut to drying it more quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

Air Flow & Dry Air
The next two factors work hand in hand, so they will be discussed together. Once the resin is at the right temperature to release the moisture it has absorbed, The released moisture must then be moved away. In order to both evenly distribute heat throughout the resin and move away the released moisture, there must be enough air flow, and the air must be dry. If the amount of air flowing through the resin is insufficient, or the dew point (the measurement of how dry air is, in either F. or C.) is not low enough, the moisture that is released from the resin will not get absorbed by the flow of air, and won’t get carried away. This will just result in the resin reabsorbing the moisture, and either take more time to dry, or just never get dried. The industry standard for how dry the air must be from a dryer is -40F., but it can range from -20F. to -80F depending on the type of desiccant being used, and the regeneration/life cycle of the desiccant. Note: For Most materials, having a -20F. dew point vs -50F. dew point will make no noticeable difference on how quickly the material is dried.

 

 

 

 

 

Residence Time
Residence time, the time required to dry a resin, in the real world, is constantly changing due to circumstances such as:

  • how wet is the material to begin with
  • how humid is the weather on the day you are drying the material
  • how dry do you actually need the material to be to achieve quality results
  • how many of the other 3 factors (mentioned above) are being met optimally
  • how efficient is your dryer (at meeting the other 3 factors of drying),
  • how much moisture is being regained during the process of getting the material from the drying hopper to the feed throat of your injection molding machine, extrusion line, or blow molding machine.

With all these considerations every type of resin has a predetermined residence time set by the manufacturer which is usually 4 to 6 hours of drying.

With that being said, once you have a properly sized dryer, you will need to follow these steps to start the molding/extrusion process.

  1.       Fill the drying hopper with your resin.
  2.       Set the dryer to the temperature specified by the resin’s manufacturer.
  3.       Let the material dry for the specified residence time (for example, 4 to 6 hours).
  4.       Convey the material from the dryer to your machine’s feed throat. (unless the dryer is directly on your machine’s feed throat, in which case, you are ready to start molding/extruding.)
  5.       Start molding! (note: for every x amount of material you are processing, you must add the same amount of material back into the drying hopper simultaneously, or you will not achieve the proper residence time of drying for your resin.

For your plastic resin or pellet drying needs, Hirate America partners with Motan and Dri Air Industries, Inc.

 

 

 

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An App That Will Help the Plastic Recycling Industry

Whenever there’s a problem, there’s going to someone that comes up with an idea to solve this issue. In our case with the China ban on plastic scrap, a Silicon Valley based technology company called Scrapo, who built a platform that connects suppliers & buyers of recyclable plastics.

It’s absolutely true that there’s an app for everything.

Fun facts:

  • Today there are over 10,000 buyers and sellers that are active users on the platform and this number is growing.
  • 75% of these users are outside the United Sates.
  • Scrapo does not take a fee for listings or sales
  • How platform makes money is with their enhanced services which they help the user with the sales, logistics and payment processes.
  • Listings on the marketplace cover loose or baled material, flakes and pellets.
  • 65% of plastic listed on the platform has been post-industrial material and 35% post-consumer plastic.

 

If your tired of selling your scrap and perhaps thought about having a turn key plastic recycling systems then we can help guide you through this journey.

Hirate America has solutions to provide full turn key plastic recycling systems with a combination of full wash lines with shredders (Lindner Resource, specializing in waste management)  and all-in-one shredder + extruder + pelletizer by Next Generation Recycling (NGR).

Credit to Plastics Recycling Update, see full original article here.

 

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Announcement: Jason Sears Named President of Dri-Air Industries

Jason Sears has been named president of Dri-Air Industries, replacing Charlie Sears, Dri-Air founder and Jason’s father, who passed away recently.   The Board of Directors of Dri-Air made the announcement.

Jason has been an employee at Dri-Air for 30 years, beginning after school during his high school years learning such skills as welding, electrical wiring, painting, packing and machine assembly.   Building on this strong foundation for a future leader, Jason joined Dri-Air after earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 1992.

He has held positions in engineering new products, designing equipment for new applications, technical troubleshooting, manufacturing and customer service. He has been Vice President of Operations for more than five years.

Remembering his father, a customer satisfaction legend in the plastics manufacturing industry, Jason said, ”Charlie Sears was a great mentor, embracing all the good characteristics of a principled, customer service oriented, honorable person.   Hard work and leading by example are valuable lessons I learned from my father.   After he created a succession plan, we continued to work together very closely as Dri-Air grew and advanced its success.” He added. “My commitment is to maintain Dri-Air at the same standards that have made it successful for 44 years…providing the best quality dryers that our customers deserve.   At Dri-Air, the customer always will come first.”

In his community, Jason Sears has focused on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) movement, taking an active role in the First Robotics program at the middle and high school levels.   He has sponsored the Plastics Industry’s Plasti-Van at local schools.

Jason currently holds a position on the Plastics Industry Association Equipment Council and the NPE 2021 Content Committee, having participated in the NPE committee since 2015. He is also a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

Dri-Air Industries is the leader in compressed air and desiccant drying technology. The company offers a proven, patented 4-bed desiccant dryer design for faster drying of plastic pellets with no moving parts.   Applications include plastic dryers, resin blenders and material handling systems.

Hirate America partners with Dri-Air Industries Inc. if you need desiccant drying equipment.

Please contact us if you have any projects you’d like to discuss with us.

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Top 5 Reasons To Get an All Electric Injection Molding Machine

All electric injection molding machines have been on the market for decades now, and there are many benefits in utilizing all electric injection molding machines.  Although there are still applications for standard hydraulic and hybrid injection molding machines, many of the major injection molding machine manufacturers are primarily focused on manufacturing all electric molding machines.  This is especially so as technology is constantly advancing and the previously too expensive to build larger tonnage all electric molding machines are becoming more and more common. It is clear that the future of the industry is in all electric injection molding machines.

Here are the top 5 reasons why it makes sense to mold with all electric injection molding machines.

1.) Cleanliness (No hydraulic oil, no oil leaks and spills on the floor)

  • No Oil Equals No Mess
    When comparing injection molding machine types, there are standard hydraulic injection molding machines, hybrid injection molding machines and all electric injection molding machines.  Standard hydraulic and hybrid injection molding machines require hydraulic oil to actuate the clamping motion and injection unit of the molding machine. All electric injection molding machines use servo electric motors to actuate all of the machines motions and have no need for hydraulic oil.
    All electric injection molding machines cannot leak oil, because they don’t use oil.  Your manufacturing floor will be free of dirty and slippery oil leaks which is a huge safety hazard during mold changes.  Not to mention you will no longer have to replace the hydraulic oil after the 2 to 5+ year life cycle of the oil. The life cycle of the oil depends on if you run 24/7 and also if you run the oil temperature hot which accelerates degradation.  It’s a big difference having to use and not having to use hydraulic oil.You never want oil contaminating and undermining your production floor, but this becomes a serious problem when you are in the food packaging, medical molding or clean room required industries.
  • No Oil Changes Equal Less Maintenance
    The life cycle of the hydraulic oil in a machine depends highly on the hours of use and the quality of the machine itself.  We have seen some instances where the hydraulic oil became extremely contaminated in as little as 6 months of use on a competitors brand new machine.  Imagine having to replace oil every 6 to 12 months, not to mention the cost of the oil which can get relatively expensive with larger machines requiring over 500 gallons of hydraulic oil.  With our hybrid injection molding machines, we have seen some of our customers, who periodically test the quality of their hydraulic oil, get 5 or more years of use out of their hydraulic oil.  However, please note that the manufacturer does recommend that the hydraulic oil be changed every 3 to 4 years depending on the hours of operation.

The clean and quiet working environment that you get with all electric injection molding machines make them the ideal machine to use for food packaging and medical molders.  You won’t have to worry about getting oil contamination when cleaning your facility before a plant audit and sending your customers contaminated parts.

2.) Low Energy Consumption

Contrary to its name, all electric injection molding machines are extremely energy efficient.  If you compare running the same part and mold in a standard hydraulic injection molding machine vs an all electric injection molding machine, you will see a 50% to 70% energy savings in most applications.

In a standard hydraulic injection molding machine, the hydraulic pump is constantly on when the machine is running.  It has to keep running to circulate oil, and is generating heat as long as the machine is running. On the other hand, because all electric injection molding machines only consume electricity as the servo motors turn to actuate movement, much of the production cycle is spent idling, this is especially so during the cooling phase of your cycle

  • All Electric Servo Motors
    Standard hydraulic injection molding machines have one or more pumps that generate hydraulic pressure, and valves that direct the pressure to the hydraulic mechanisms to build pressure based on the needed movements.  All electric injection molding machines do not have a central electric motor, but use individual electric motors designed for each function that is needed throughout the machine, i.e. mold open/close, injection, recovery, and ejection.  This means that the motors can be idle until their specific function is required. This is a night and day comparison vs a standard hydraulic injection molding machine that has to run its pumps continuously, even when nothing is happening.  This is especially apparent during the cooling phase.
  • No Hydraulic Cooling Needed
    The energy savings don’t end with the injection molding machine.  With the elimination of the hydraulic pump circuit also goes its need for cooling on the hydraulics.  Because all electric injection molding machine don’t have hydraulics, they don’t require machine cooling.  The only cooling that you will likely need is for your mold and feed throat. This leads to additional savings as you will not need the additional water lines and permits to put them up.  Chillers also consume large amounts of electricity, and cooling towers consume water, electricity and require frequent maintenance and monthly water treatment plans.
  • Less Equipment Equals Less Maintenance
    It is very common for customers who use only all electric injection molding machine to only have chillers in their plant.  This is because they no longer have a need for a high temperature circuit of cooling (85-95F) for their machines, and only require the low temperature circuit of chilling (anything under 80F, usually 55F) for their molds and feed throats.  Having fewer pieces of equipment obviously means, less capital invested, less upkeep and maintenance costs, less energy consumed, and lower overhead.

  • Overall Plant Energy Savings
    All electric injection molding machines also run significantly cooler because there is no heat being generated by a hydraulic pump.  Medical and clean room molding facilities are often climate controlled, which means that the air conditioning system does not have to work as hard to remove the heat from the molding room, if the machine is all electric.  This is another reason why medical and clean room manufacturers almost exclusively use all electric injection molding machines.
  • Think Long Term Savings
    Based on all of the above points, when comparing a 390 ton standard hydraulic injection molding machine vs an all electric injection molding machine, there is around $17,000 of annual savings on the all electric machine.  This number represents the savings based on today’s factors, but is only expected to increase as energy costs all across the US and Mexico are constantly on the rise. With proper maintenance and care, quality injection molding machines should last 20+ years.  This means that when considering a new injection molding machine, you need to be thinking of 10 to even possibly 20 years down the road. Make sure to purchase your new machines from a reputable and established company who manufacturers their own components, such as platens, motors, sensors, breakers, contactors, cables etc.  This ensures that you will always have access to replacement parts. LS Mtron is an example of a billion dollar company that manufactures all of the major components in their machines in house. www.lsmtron.com    www.lscns.com    www.lsis.com

3.) High Repeatability and Precision (Closed loop controls and linear motions)

  • Accuracy
    Of the 3 types of molding machines, all electric injection molding machines have the highest accuracy and repeatability.  This is because of the fact that these machines use electric servo motors with a 0.1mm +/- rotation to actuate their movements.  This type of movement allows the process to completely negate the fluctuations and inaccuracies of movements actuated by hydraulic pressure and their unavoidable pressure curves.
  • Consistency In Production
    Standard hydraulic injection molding machines constantly experience variations in their process throughout the year, and even throughout the day. This is because the weather is always changing and has an effect on your machines temperature and humidity.  As hydraulic oil gets cooler, its viscosity increases, and as hydraulic oil gets warmer, its viscosity decreases. The way hydraulic oil performs also changes as it degrades over time. This means that the way the oil in a machine moves and lubricates will always eventually be totally different than day 1.This also means that your molding machine’s process may need to be adjusted periodically throughout the day.  Standard hydraulic molding machine controls are considered “open loop” because they send signals to valves to adjust pressures, but don’t actually have direct control over the physical movements of the machine, and thus cannot make all of the minor adjustments that an all electric machine can make in real time.  All electric injection molding machines are considered to have “closed loop” controls because they control every movement with physical gear turns of their servo motors, and have the ability to constantly monitor and control their positions and speeds to a very tight tolerance, regardless of the ambient conditions.  This is the difference between “closed loop” and “open loop” controls.

All electric injection molding machines are the perfect fit for manufacturing most complex, difficult, and thin walled parts.  You can inject very accurate shots, while maintaining precise repeatability through the day, night, and seasons.

4.) High Speed

  • Simultaneous Movements
    All electric injection molding machines have multiple electric servo motors.  These motors are coupled to pulleys and belts that work onto ball screw mechanisms that actuate the movements of functions, i.e. platen open and close.  The ability all electric machines have to make compound movements (actuating multiple functions at the same time) is one of the reasons why electric machines often times produce reductions in cycle time vs standard and hybrid injection molding machines.  You can “eject on the fly” or eject your parts before opening the mold completely,and you can start recovering the screw while opening and closing the mold. Hydraulic injection molding machines can only handle one movement at a time, because they typically only have one hydraulic pressure circuit to actuate movements.  This becomes a huge game changer for many molders when they decide to advance to all electric injection molding machines.
  • Instant Torque
    We all know that electric cars get their immense speed from having instant torque from their electric motors, and the same goes for our all electric injection molding machines.  They have instant linear motions from our AC electric servo motors, and can achieve up to 800mm per second injection speeds, and can also have multi-step injection speeds with our high output and high response AC servo motors.

    With all that instant torque also comes the need for a very rigid and robust toggle clamping mechanism.  LS Mtron utilizes a very rigid 5 pin toggle mechanism to ensure that you will continue to have a fast and reliable machine.  Our platens and toggles have gone through extensive FEA (Finite Element Analysis) to determine where all of the major stress points on the mechanisms are.  We also utilize the highest quality steel and casting technologies via our own inhouse steel forging division. All of this is done to maximize the lifetime of our all electric injection molding machines.
    We also utilize a very robust and precise ball screw mechanism to actuate the clamping motion.   As is with any machine component, the range of performance and quality can range drastically, so it is important to ask what manufacturer’s ball screw the injection molding machine you are looking at uses to fully understand its reliability of performance.

5.) Technology Advancements

  • Extremely Reliable
    All electric injection molding machines are the most reliable of the different types of injection molding machines.  This is because unlike standard hydraulic injection molding machines and hybrid injection molding machines that were designed many decades ago, and are often more geared for a lower price bracket, all electric injection molding machines typically use state of the art technologies available.  All electric injection molding machines are also very quiet while running, and most run at or below 70db. This means that your employees are not required to wear hearing protection while operating the machines.
    You will have no oil, less maintenance, more accuracy, higher repeatability, energy savings, a much quieter work environment and a machine that is easier to maintain to continue running production.
  • Automated Features
    With all electric injection molding machines you will have no sticking valve issues, degrading oil quality issues, ambient temperature process fluctuations and noisy pumps.Many of the all electric injection molding machines have safety features standard, like mold safety to prevent crushing parts and foreign objects in the mold, cold screw rotation prevention to prevent the mistake of accidentally rotating the injection screw when the plastic is still cold and solidified from the machine being idle.Most machines will have a centralized lubrication system or automation lubrication system to automatically pump grease onto the tie bars, toggle links, linear guides and other locations where greasing is necessary.  So as long as the grease reservoir or cartridge is full, the injection molding machine will automatically grease the areas that need lubrication based on the number of full cycles. When the grease levels are low, some machines have sensors to alert that the grease reservoir or cartridge levels are low to remind your maintenance team to refill grease or change the cartridge.

Conclusion

Many of our customers prefer All Electric Injection Molding Machines based on the following:

  • The highest degree of cleanliness
  • Very low energy consumption
  • Very high repeatability and precision
  • High speed molding
  • Technological Advancements and Features

For these reason an all electric molding machines are extremely reliable for long term production runs.

We always recommend LS Mtron’s all electric injection molding machines when customers want to make millions of parts reliably every year.  If it’s a 24/7 operation that is required for maximum production rates, this is the best type of molding machine money can buy. We have customers that run “lights out” without any personnel on-site outside of normal business hours and weekends without any downtime.

Hirate America is partnered with LS Mtron Injection Molding Machines (formerly known as LG Injection Molding Machines) who manufactures all electric injection molding machines in South Korea ranging from 20 to 950 US tons.  We can provide a complete turn key solution including machines, molds, auxiliary and automation equipment. Contact us today to request more information and a proposal for your project.

If you have a project that you would like to discuss, feel free to contact us below to schedule a free consultation.

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Got End of Arm Tools? Part 3 Lifting Technology

 

This will be a 3 part series (Vacuum, Gripper and Lifting technology) from FIPA, End of Arm Tools (aka EOAT). 

If you have a robot to pick out parts from the mold it’s essential to have a properly designed EOAT which is the robot’s customized hand to extract your parts and runners.

FIPA specializes in EOAT (suction cups, grippers, cutting shears, lifting) and can customize the design to your specifications.

 

 

Part 3: Lifting Technology

FIPA lifting devices enables a more efficient, faster work process and relieves the stress on workers’ bodies.  All components are compatible with the entire FIPA vacuum techcnology and EOAT ranges.

 

The FIPA lift set has package handling capacity of 11 lbs ~ 143 lbs (5 kg~ 65 kg)
The lifting force depends on the suction tightness of the material to be lifted, the more leakage, the greater the losses in carrying capacity.

  • Vacuum pump
  • filters and hoses
  • vacuum cup

 

FIPA Vacuum Lifter “Spider” for heavy lifting made easy has handling capacity of  551 lbs ~ 1100 lbs (250 kg~ 500 kg)

  • Easy to install plug & play system with hand-slide valve, which only requires one person to lift the load safely
  • Suitable for the horizontal handling of heavy material like plates, metal sheets or disks
  • The vaccum lifter is used on a chain hoist

 

Hirate America partners with FIPA, a German based company that’s leading the industry in end of arm tooling design and components.

As you can see there are many options for your application.  Whether you want to purchase individual components or have a full turn key lifting system designed for your automation solution, FIPA & Hirate America has you covered to make lifting heavy materials for you.

 

 If you have any questions or need help with a custom designed end of arm tool, please contact any of the Hirate America team members to provide an automation solution tailored to your requirements.