Husky demonstrates complete medical solutions at PLASTEC West 2011

Husky Injection Molding Systems announced that at PLASTEC West 2011 (February 8 – 10, Anaheim, California) it is demonstrating its range of technologies, systems and services to support medical customers. Located at Booth 4167, Husky will be introducing for the first time to North America its H-MED AE™ (all-electric) system, a high precision, energy efficient platform for cleanroom medical molding.

“We’re excited to now offer medical molders H-MED AE, a complete all-electric injection molding system that provides the speed, quality and control they require,” said Fred Humbert, Husky’s Director of Business Development, Medical. “By taking control of the complete system, we can deliver the enhanced process stability and repeatability our customers require to consistently manufacture medical parts of the highest quality.”

Turnkey medical solution for complete melt stream control

First introduced at K2010, Husky’s H-MED AE system is a fully electric medical molding workcell that includes Husky’s UltraSync™-E hot runner technology, Altanium® temperature controller and Shotscope NX® process and productivity monitoring software to ensure high quality parts targeting zero defects. All functions are managed through Polaris™ Control, centralizing operation of the entire workcell to deliver data and productivity accuracy.

The 32-cavity H-MED AE system running at the Husky booth is producing an intravenous Breather Cap medical part weighing 0.18 grams, running at less than 4.0 second cycles. The Breather Cap is an extremely small yet vital part that prevents contamination of intravenous needles. The system itself has been developed in collaboration with medical device manufacturer ICU Medical and mold manufacturer Tech Mold.

“The medical market is driven by complex applications that require reliable, repeatable molding solutions,” said Jeffrey Miller, Tooling Engineer for ICU Medical. “As a medical molder, we must be able to quickly and consistently manufacture high quality parts using difficult to mold resins. By working with Husky on our Breather Cap project, we have been able to significantly improve productivity, while maintaining quality and streamlining costs.”

Increased precision for medical applications

Husky is well-known as the leading supplier of hot runners and temperature controllers to the medical market. At the show, Husky will be showcasing hot runner technology specifically optimized for small part molding of medical applications. On display will be Husky’s recently introduced UltraSync-E hot runners for high precision and repeatability, as well as its wide range of nozzle sizes and gating options to enable management of a variety of part weights and resin types. Husky hot runners are ideally suited for medical applications because they are specifically designed to provide optimal thermal and geometric balance. This allows for cavity-to-cavity consistency, increased part precision and complete melt stream control to eliminate degradation of plastic.

Global reach to enable optimal efficiency

With its extensive global service and support network, Husky is able to manage large global programs and provide tailored local support to medical customers around the world. A range of after-sales services ensures customers’ H-MED AE systems are consistently running at peak efficiency. These services include Total Energy Management, Manufacturing Advisory Services and Pro-Act™ flexible maintenance programs.

In addition to its booth display, Phil Kinson, Husky’s Product Manager, Medical (Americas), will be hosting a presentation during the show entitled “Optimizing Technology for Multi-Cavity Medical Molds.” The presentation will take place on February 10, from 2 – 2:30 p.m. in Theater 1, Booth 639.

About Husky — Husky Injection Molding Systems (www.husky.ca) is a leading global supplier of injection molding equipment and services to the plastics industry. The company has more than 40 service and sales offices, supporting customers in over 100 countries. Husky's manufacturing facilities are located in Canada, the United States, Luxembourg and China.

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