On June 7 and 8, 2016, Husky Injection Molding Systems hosted a two-day Husky World Tour event providing technology and industry insights at its global hot runner manufacturing facility in Milton, Vermont, USA. The event was attended by more than 90 moulders and mould makers from across North America and showcased Husky’s range of solutions for hot runners and controllers.
Stefano Mirti, Husky’s President of Hot Runners and Controllers, kicked-off the event with an update that summarised recent investments in the business. The event also featured a keynote presentation from Jon Kurrle, SPI’s Executive Vice President – Advocacy on trends and the state of the plastics industry in North America. Additional technical presentations were delivered by Eastman Chemical Co. and RJG. A second keynote presentation was given by Simon Chrétien, Directeur General for Vallee de la Plasturgie.
A feature of the event was Husky’s Altanium Servo Control technology, which simultaneously controlled three linear axes, two rotary axes and 24 zones of temperature using the new H-series control cards. The new Altanium H-series cards is said to offer the most precise control in the industry, the ability to record moulding parameters, exceptional mould diagnostic capabilities and a five year warranty.
Industry-leading gate quality was also demonstrated with UltraSync-E servo electric stem actuation and Ultra Helix valve gate nozzles. Combined, these two technology elements virtually eliminate gate wear for millions of cycles, allowing moulders to produce higher quality parts, reduce mould maintenance cost and downtime and produce quality gates equivalent to an ejector pin mark, according to Husky.
Tours of the Milton manufacturing facility were a highlight of the event, demonstrating Husky’s investments in new capabilities and core manufacturing processes that are intended to support faster lead-times and time-to-market for Husky’s customers. In addition to the tours, several demonstrations were held inside Husky’s state-of-the-art Research Development Lab, where customers could witness first-hand many of Husky’s technologies functioning in an operating production environment.