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September 2012

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Top Glove Top Glove expands its capacity

Malaysia's leading global supplier of gloves is expanding its capacity through creating a total of 22 glove factories across the country to achieve its goal of getting 30% of the global market share by 2015, Top Glove's Founder and Chairman, Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai told PRA in a recent interview.

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Lower costs from foam moulding

Austrian machine maker Engel has expanded its working relationship with US-based MuCell foam injection moulding technology supplier Trexel by fully integrating MuCell units into the victory and e-victory series machines, thereby improving the price-performance ratio of system solutions.

Full integration includes both the hardware and the software. Since the compact control cabinet of the MuCell foam unit is completely enclosed by the guarding below the injection unit in the integrated victoryMuCell system, it requires no additional space. The foaming process is built into the CC 200 control unit of the injection moulding machine; it is monitored and regulated via the display on the injection moulding machine. Another new feature is the nitrogen consumption calculator, which makes it possible to schedule bottle changes in advance. Since the MuCell unit does not require visualisation of its own, integration also cuts system costs.

Foam applications generally require only low clamping force, although the moulds are relatively large. Since the mould fixing platens can be used to the hilt on tie-bar-less injection moulding machines, relatively small machines are able to accommodate large moulds. This means low investment and operating costs for the system.

Engel’s victoryMuCell integration therefore conforms with the trend towards downsizing production systems. In many MuCell applications, for example, a victory machine with 500 tonnes of clamping force can replace a large-scale Engel duo machine with 700 tonnes of clamping force as the usable mould mounting surface is the same in both machines. This makes the victoryMuCell one of the most cost-effective solutions to foam injection moulding on the market, says the firm.