ENGEL Medical Technology Symposium

What are today’s latest trends in thermoplastics and liquid silicone medical molding technologies? What innovative injection molding solutions will help you to maintain your competitive advantage in the future?  These questions and more will be answered at ENGEL’s upcoming medical symposium being held October 2nd through 4th at ENGEL’s Technical Center in Corona, California.

ENGEL North America, member of the ENGEL group, a world leader in the design and manufacture of injection molding machines and parts-handling automation, is hosting a three day symposium focused specifically on new developments in both thermoplastic and liquid silicone molding for the medical industry.  The event will be held at ENGEL’s Technical Center in Corona, California.

ENGEL’s symposium has been designed as three separate programs:  day one focuses on thermoplastic medical molding processes, day two centers on liquid silicone rubber medical molding processes, and day three is an in-depth, hands-on training in liquid silicone rubber.  Attendees are welcome to attend one day, or all three, based on their interests.

The programs for days one and two will include a diverse mix of interesting and informative presentations by professionals, for professionals, relating to all aspects of the medical molding industry. Some of the technical sessions include:

  • Preplan and Verify - Injection Molding Machine Concepts for the Medical Industry
  • Injection Mold Strategies for Profitability
  • Two Component Injection Molding – Soft to Hard
  • New Processing Potential Unleashed
  • Maximize Your Molding Efficiency and Improve Part Quality at the Same Time
  • Healthcare Materials Designed With Your Needs In Mind
  • LSR Applications in the Medical Industry & LSR Specific Machine Requirements
  • LSR Dosing System Requirements and Solutions
  • Understanding Silicone Viscosity Variation
  • Silicone Molding in the Medical Industry

The third day of the event provides in-depth, hands-on training in liquid silicone rubber.  This training includes:

  • Dosing system maintenance and assembly:  Cleaning, assembly and installation of various dosing system elements, as well as dosing system operation and trouble shooting.
  • Injection unit maintenance and assembly:  Cleaning, assembly and installation of LSR plasticizing unit, including the screw, barrel, non- return valve and pneumatic shut off nozzle.
  • Process start up:  Systematic approach to developing a stable LSR process, including start-up procedures, trouble shooting and setting up process monitoring systems.

Throughout the symposium, demonstrating ENGEL’s competency in both thermoplastic and liquid silicone rubber areas of the medical technology field, three injection molding systems will be running, providing visitors with a first-hand look at some of today’s latest molding processes and technologies.

An ENGEL hybrid tie-bar-less injection molding machine – the ENGEL e-victory 200/55 US -- running a 4-cavity LSR mold, producing a nasal prong.  Automatic part removal will be handled by the ENGEL viper 6 linear servo robot.  The system also features the new ENGEL flomo -- an extremely compact temperature controlling water distribution system with electronic monitoring.  For added efficiencies, ENGEL’s ecodrive has been installed – reducing energy consumption by up to 70 percent compared with standard hydraulics, providing savings similar to comparable fully electric machines.

An all-electric ENGEL e-motion 310/110 T US machine will run a 16 cavity thermoplastic syringe mold.  The syringes, with extremely long and thin mold cores, require exceptional process control of high speed injection to meet the demanding levels of product quality.  The ENGEL e-motion press not only delivers the level of process control required, but does so with a cycle time of 5.5 seconds.  The mold, provided by Tech Mold, provides a side-gated / close-pitch solution for customers that need to optimize their production footprint.

Another fully electric injection molding machine – an ENGEL e-motion 200/60 US equipped with an ENGEL viper 6 robot – will utilize the ENGEL x-melt process to mold a thin-walled device cover.  The extremely thin-walled design of this part (0.3 mm) makes this a perfect application for demonstrating the ENGEL x-melt process.  The ENGEL x-melt process provides a cost-effective method of producing thin-walled and micro parts – accumulator free – without the need to invest in special purpose capital equipment.  As well as the ability to produce extremely thin-wall parts, the x-melt process also provides unsurpassed repeatability. Several studies have shown that x-melt can improve part weight consistency by up to a factor of 10 when compared to conventional molding.

For more information, visit: www.engelglobal.com/engel_web/ena/en/2723_4168.htm

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