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Fanuc presented two new machines at IPF

November 10/2011

(Plastics Today) -- By its own admission, Fanuc (Japan) traditionally focuses on high precision, high added value applications centered on the electronics sector but at the recent IPF show, two machine exhibits hinted of aspirations to play a greater role in other sectors.

A 100-tonne Roboshot S-2000i100B injection press operating on the show floor was molding PBT connectors in what Fanuc described as a demonstration of lower running cost and energy saving for the cost-sensitive auto sector. "We wanted to show that leveraging our experience in energy recovery [from servomotor operation], our all-electric injection machines can operate 10-15% more efficiently compared with other all-electric machines," says Fanuc Senior Development Engineering Satoshi Takatsugi. Fanuc also highlighted a feature on the machine that reduces the maximum amount of electricity required for machine start-up, which is used to heat up the injection barrel.

Fanuc's foray into packaging is being led by the 300-tonne Roboshot S-2000i300B, which was molding food cups from polystyrene in a cycle time of 3.7 seconds using a six-cavity mold.

Perspectives of development of polymer markets, pricing issues and other important aspects will be discussed at The Polymers Summit-2011, which will be held in Moscow on November 30, 2011 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Summit will be organized by MRC with the support of ICIS. The main idea of the Summit is to find a "the golden mean" between producers and converters. When producers receive exactly such margin of production, which helps them to invest in production expansion in order to substitute polymers imports, and the converters receive such price of feedstock that helps them to compete imported finished products. The Summit site gives an access to the live video of the Summit, speakers" presentations, as well as opportunities to ask questions or make appointments to any Summit partcipant.

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