Husky’s world tour ends with cap/closure conference

Canadian machine maker Husky Injection Molding Systems, hosted its North American Caps and Closures Conference at its global headquarters in Bolton, Ontario, Canada, recently over two days. The event was attended by more than 85 business leaders from around the world and showcased Husky’s range of solutions for beverage and speciality closure manufacturing.

“We are committed to growing our closures business and are investing in resources to move our products and services forward, and improve our customers’ total cost to produce. To support this, we are also partnering with other industry leaders, suppliers and customers to develop solutions that drive waste and variability out of the plastic closure supply chain. We are optimistic that plastic closure performance will continue to evolve and that future manufacturing solutions will open up new markets for growth,” said John Galt, Husky’s President and CEO. “Our goal has always been to help our customers grow. We find that events like our Caps and Closures Conference help support this goal and allow us to learn as much from our attendees as they hopefully do from us.”

The event included networking opportunities, product demonstrations, as well as presentations from Husky and industry experts. Keynote speaker Bill Hall, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing from Niagara Bottling, delivered a presentation on managing rapid growth in beverage manufacturing. Also presenting was William R. Carteaux, President and CEO of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, who spoke about why it’s a good time to be in the plastics industry. Key presentations by Husky experts covered the topics of improving specialty closure quality with hot runner technology, specialty closure mold technologies for complex applications, beverage packaging industry trends and the role of equipment in the reduction of variability.

A highlight of the two-day event was the facility tour showing Husky’s mould and machine manufacturing facilities demonstrating the operational and process measures. Attendees also toured Husky’s testing and validation facilities, where they learned how all new technology developments undergo stringent accelerated testing and long-term equipment validation. Husky specialists also demonstrated the company’s refurbishment capabilities, enabling customers with an aging asset base to bring their operations up to the latest generation performance and production standards.

As the closure industry’s only provider of complete injection moulding systems, Husky is able to provide machine, mould, hot runner, temperature controller, and process and productivity software.

A feature of the event was the North American debut of Husky’s HyCAP High Performance Package (HPP) system for high output beverage closure manufacturing, originally introduced at Chinaplas 2012. The system was producing a 1.2 g 29/25 mm lightweight water closure running a 1.9 second cycle time on a 72-cavity mould, with complete downstream IMD vision inspection system. Husky also demonstrated a Hylectric 300 speciality closure system producing a 3.5 g sport cap running a 12.5 second cycle time on a 24-cavity mould. The system used in-mould closing technology with downstream part handling from MMC Packaging and resin supplied by Nova Chemicals.


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