Husky expands hot runner facility in Europe; to launch HyCAP4 at K2016


Canada’s machinery maker Husky Injection Molding Systems has started up an automated manufacturing line at its Luxembourg facility. This is the third straight year that Husky says it has made a significant investment in new manufacturing equipment to support its growing base of hot runner and controller customers.

In January 2016, Husky began producing hot runner manifolds on one of what it says is the most advanced automated manufacturing lines in the industry. “As our global customer base for Hot Runner and Controller solutions continues to grow so does the complexity of the moulded parts that we help solution. I’m very excited about where we are taking our business and how this significant technology investment will enable us to support our customers and help them to grow their businesses,” said Stefano Mirti, Husky’s President of Hot Runners and Controllers. “Our new manufacturing line will enable shorter lead times and provide even more capability to produce highly repeatable manifolds of the best quality.”


Husky currently produces hot runners and controllers on three continents in more than 54,000 sq m of manufacturing space. Additional investments are planned for hot runner manufacturing at its US and China facilities. Husky’s goal it says is to be the industry’s first choice for melt delivery systems, as seen by its innovative approach to reducing sources of waste and variability in the injection moulding process. The continued investments in Husky’s Hot Runners and Controllers business ensures it is best able to meet the need of its hot runner customers on a global scale, adds the firm.

Meanwhile, it will launch its next generation system for high output beverage closure moulding, HyCAP4 system, for the first time at this year’s upcoming K2016.


The platform was launched in 2009 and it quickly became the industry-leading integrated solution for beverage closure moulding, says the firm. The latest generation features improved engineering advancements, including several new capabilities and features that take machine and mould integration to higher levels. Combined, these enhancements allow HyCAP4 to deliver industry-leading performance and productivity, as well as significantly more energy savings. The system is also equipped with intelligent features that make it easier to use, with simplified controls for faster process set-up and improved repeatability. With these advancements, system owners can look to HyCAP4 to deliver improved returns and increased opportunities.

“Husky is committed to reducing our customers’ total cost to produce,” said Gerardo Chiaia, Husky’s President of Global Beverage Packaging. “We do this by focusing our development effort on meaningful innovations that deliver on what the processor needs most. More productivity, increased ease-of-use, reduced energy consumption – these are all achieved by specifically designing the mould, machine, hot runner, auxiliary equipment and software to work in harmony – while adding more automation to make the system fully integrated and intelligent.”

As the industry’s only single source provider of integrated beverage closure injection moulding machines, moulds, hot runners, temperature controllers, auxiliaries and productivity improvement software, HyCAP4 has been designed so all components work together seamlessly. The Polaris HMI has been redesigned with a 19-inch full colour display and more intuitive layout for simplified navigation that provides quick access to vital information and process parameters. Additionally, HyCAP4 is now available with integrated features to capture contaminants and minimise unplanned downtime.

A primary goal for HyCAP4 is to optimise the relationship between productivity and efficiency, while producing the lighter weight closures at higher cycle times. Adjustments have been made to strike the perfect balance between maximising productivity and achieving energy savings. These adjustments include electrification of the clamp motion, servo-variable pumping technology and a regenerative clamp stroke. Combined, these enhancements deliver up to a 40% improvement in energy consumption over the previous generation system.

An evolution of the previous generation system, HyCAP4 offers built-in features that are designed to simplify operation. Enhancements include a new part eject assist feature to ensure a consistent freefall of closures at the fastest cycles, and sensor-driven mould alignment to reduce mould wear. Further simplifying start-up and improving ease of use is Husky’s patented intelligent Mold ID technology, which provides information on mould maintenance, process set-up and operation for each start-up.

Husky can be found at Booth A61 in Hall 13. The show runs from October 19-26 in Dusseldorf, Germany.


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