Redesigned Thixomolding machine near full commercialization
Looking to increase automotive applications
July 1, 2002 by Canadian Plastics
Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. introduced its new 500 tonne Thixomolding machine recently in conjunction with the International Thixomolding Conference held in Toronto. The new machine, which is based on the company’s Hylectric platform, incorporates a number of new features which distinguish it both from Husky’s previous G-line based Thixomolding units, and JSW Thixomolding machines, according to Zac Glasford, project engineer, Thixomolding. A new injection unit, improved control system and upgraded clamping mechanism are some of the new features of the machine. The machine is designed to deliver better repeatability and control, resulting in the ability to mold parts to tighter tolerances. It is also designed to be easier to maintain and provide a longer life for critical components such as the screw and barrel.
The machine will be put through at least four months of validation testing at Husky’s Advanced Manufacturing Center in Bolton, ON, then run at several beta-test sites in North America and Asia. Husky expects to be in a position to accept orders on the machine this fall for delivery in the middle of 2003.
Glasford, who presented an overview of Thixomolding at the conference titled “Is Thixomolding in Your Future? Making the Transition From Plastic to Magnesium”, says Husky will provide full engineering support for those interested in entering the Thixomolding market.
“One of the best models for the plastics industry is to use Thixomolding to complement your plastics injection molding business,” says Glasford.
According to a company spokesman, Husky plans to build higher tonnage Thixomolding machines in order to expand Thixomolding applications of larger parts in markets such as automotive.
Husky Injection Molding Systems, Ltd. 905-951-5000