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FCS takes the all-electric leap; to introduce 300-tonne model at Taipeiplas 2016

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On the holy grail trail of launching an all-electric machine with a competitive price to boot, to compete with European and Japanese all-electric machine makers, Taiwanese injection moulding machine maker Fu Chun Shin Machinery Manufacture (FCS) is building a 300-tonne model at its factory in Tainan. It will exhibit it at the Taipeiplas show, to be held in Taipei from 12-16 August this year.

During a recent pre-Taipeiplas visit to some exhibitor facilities in Taiwan, journalists from around the world were given a sneak preview of the machine, which is still in the final stages of completion. “It will be a new design with the HSR model name,” said David Chen, Executive Director, adding, “We will use Knödler drives for injection speed and to provide a rigid and stable design.” He also said, “We will introduce a 450-tonne model after this and hope to add on more models later.”

At the previous Tapeiplas show in 2014, FCS Deputy CEO Alan Wang told PRA that while most all-electric machine makers use belts and drives, that FCS would use a gearbox for the injection unit. http://www.injectionmouldingasia.com/nov2014/leadfeature3.html

Chen said FCS officials had a discussion with the German drive systems maker Knödler at the K2013, and thus followed the cooperation. FCS will also be the first machine maker in Taiwan applying the Knödler gearbox and drive system for its machine. Other features include the Keba controller from Austria, Phase servomotor from Italy and NSK ball screw from Japan, for both the clamping and injection units. The company also says the 300-tonne machine will have the same mould loading capacity as a 400-tonne model.

But it is not the first all-electric injection moulding machine for FCS. It did go down this path with a 50-tonne model in 2005 but abandoned it because of the high costs as a result of using Japanese components.

FCS, which last year became the only public-traded injection moulding machinery manufacturer in Taiwan, will also show a 350-tonne two-component HB-R machine, a series developed by FCS in 2012 with a clamping force of up to 1,900 tonnes. This series combines the structure of a two-platen and two-component model, the horizontal rotary table, stack mould, and the servopower-saving technology. Furthermore, FCS says it will integrate with the HB-350RV machine a new patented moulding technology from Japan-based Nihon Yuki. Known as Vent, the screw/barrel technology does away with the pre-drying/heating of plastic materials. The 350-tonne machine, to be displayed at Taipeiplas, is able to cover the same mould loading capacity as a traditional 1,000-tonne two-component machine. FCS will be displaying it with a Kuka six-axis robot and its so-called Hungry Feeder material feeder system. It will be shown producing two-component parts for the application of car sunroofs.

The company, which claims leadership in the injection moulding machine market in Taiwan, will also showcase the second generation 500-tonne two-platen hybrid electric machine. The LN series was first developed in 2006 with a clamping force of up to 3,200 tonnes, but only recently has FCS seen a heightened interest in the series, with 60 units sold in the last three years. Despite its long clamping stroke, its compact design can save of 20% to 30% floor space making it suitable for products with deep depth. Furthermore, there is no toggle structure needed, while the clamping unit requires less lubrication and maintenance. With the all-electric injection unit, the mould opening speed is faster, allowing for a reduced cycle time, says FCS. With a Kuka six-axis robot, FCS will be showing a LN-900SV producing in one-cavity a small beach table with a weight of around 1.4 g.

Chen also said the two-platen structure will gradually replace the traditional and huge three-platen machine design, and will also be “more small and medium-sized.” He also boldly claims the LN series is running “neck and neck with European brands.” FCS will enter this machine in the Design Award at Taipeiplas.

(IMA)


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