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K Special: Sodick plans to launch PIMM for European customers at K 2019

Japanese machine specialist Sodick has released details about the hardware the company will be previewing at the upcoming K Show.

The K fair will be held at Messe Düsseldorf, 16-23 October.

While Sodick is well-known for its EDM (electrical discharge machining) equipment, the company has been producing plastic injection moulding machines for the past 30 years.

These have been primarily distributed in China and the US, but now the company is looking to introduce its moulding technology into Europe.

Sodick will have GL30 series machines available for viewing at K 2019. These 30-tonne electric-hydraulic hybrid moulding machine are specifically intended for production of high-precision parts used in the micro medical, E&E and telecoms sectors.

This is supported by the machine’s highly-accuracy injection unit. Where conventional injection moulding machines melt, meter and inject the polymer using a reciprocating screw and check valve, Sodick machines uses the V-Line injection method to accurately prepare the polymer meter shot by weight, filling the component in a precise and repeatable process.

This results in an a more accurate filling and pressurisation of the component. Accurate shot and pressurisation of the polymer is further controlled by the linear motor drive system used to govern the movements of the injection plunger. This travels at high speed to help reduce the viscosity of the melt, allowing the polymer to behave in a more predictable and repeatable fashion.

In addition to the linear accuracy, the machine is capable of linear injection speeds in excess of 1,300 mm/s and can achieve and maintain this speed within a 5mm shot size whilst accelerating and decelerating within 1mm of plunger movement.

Conor Cooke, IMM product manager, explained more: “Shot size repeatability and the maintenance of the polymer volumetric flowrate is critical to achieving part size compliance and lower wastage. Medical applications require tolerances which are measured in microns and the V-Line system offers this level of repeatable capability.”

In July, Sodick formally opened its new European HQ in Warwick. The new facility will, in part, support deliveries and related training, maintenance, of company machines sold across Europe.

This, together with other business areas, will be covered in more depth in the upcoming September/October issue of PRW magazine.

Sodick PIMMs and other company hardware will be available to preview at K 2019 in Hall 15, stand C55.

» Publication Date: 16/08/2019

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