Plastics Technology

DEC 2018

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Barnes Group Acquires Robotics Firm Private-equity firm Barnes Group Inc., Bristol, Conn., which already has a substantial plastics portfolio, has made its first acquisition in the field of robotics and automation. Barnes recently purchased Gimatic S.r.l. of Italy, which develops robotic grippers, sensors and other automa- tion compo- nents. "This acquisition will provide us a gateway into the industrial automation market—a highly attrac- tive market that is well aligned with our strategic growth plans," says Patrick Dempsey, presi- dent and CEO of Barnes Group. Barnes's Molding Solutions portfolio already includes hot-runner, moldmaking, sensors and controls suppliers: Foboha, Gammaflux, Männer, Priamus, Synventive and Thermoplay. Hahn Group Acquires Cobot Technology of Rethink Robotics Hahn Group, a German-based collection of robotics and automation compa- nies, has added collaborative robots ("cobots") to its stable. In October, Hahn purchased all patents and trademarks of Rethink Robotics of Cambridge, Mass., along with its Intera 5 software plat- form for robot programming. Rethink was a pioneer in the cobot field with its Baxter and Sawyer models (Sawyer is pictured here). But Rethink shut down on Oct. 3, owing to financial difficulties. Hahn already owned a stake in Rethink and had been selling its cobots in Germany. Newly orga- nized Hahn Plastics Automation also includes Waldorf Technik and GeKu of Germany, as well as Wemo of Sweden. Currently based in Hebron, Ky., the U.S. branch of the robotics division plans a move to New England (see September NPE report on robots for more details). Road Trip: Bulk-Handling Systems on Wheels Meet TED. Short for Traveling Equip- ment Display, it's a mobile display that Coperion and Coperion K-Tron launched in October to bring the latest solu- tions for feeding, pneumatic conveying, complete systems, components and extruders right to the your doorstep anywhere in the U.S. It's free and offers processors hands-on learning demon- strations as well as direct contact with a factory representative to answer questions and discuss specific applica- tions. TED is also equipped with several video screens for viewing all the latest information Coperion has to offer. Nordson Building New Hub for Flat Die Business Nordson Corp. broke ground in November for a new world headquar- ters for its EDI extrusion and Premier fluid-coating product lines. The 145,000 ft² facility (with ample room for expansion) will be located near three existing Nordson sites in Chip- pewa Falls, Wis., including the current EDI headquarters and extrusion die manufacturing facility; a plant for Premier dies and all aftermarket service; and a technology center for R&D and lab trials. Relocation of these operations to the new facil- ity will begin next summer and be completed by late 2020. "The new global hub for our EDI brands will redefine the way that dies are built," says John J. Keane, executive v.p. of Nordson's Polymer Process- ing Systems business. "Advanced manufacturing equipment will streamline workflow and produce dies with tighter tolerances. A complete reconfiguration of our operation will integrate people and resources previ- ously deployed in separate locations, generating collaboration and synergy that will improve the customer experi- ence and reduce lead times." Ube Doubles Assembly & Rebuild Capacity On Oct. 25, Ube Machinery Inc. celebrated the opening of a fourth bay at its Ann Arbor, Mich. facility. Ube said the added space and capabilities will allow it to double the annual capacity for assembling mid-to- large size injection machines, including two-platen servohydraulic, servohydraulic toggle, and all-electric models. In 2017, Ube merged with the injection molding machine division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and created a new combined business: U-MHI Platech Co., Ltd. (U-MHIPT). Ichiro Motoki, president of Ube's U.S. machinery business, noted that the first product line borne out of collaboration between Ube and U-MHIPT has launched in Japan and will soon be coming to the U.S. The MEIII plus series of all-electric machines ranges in clamp force from 720 to 950 tons, utilizing U-MHIPT's machine base integrated with Ube's press technology. 8 DECEMBER 2018 Plastics Technology T E C H N O L O G Y A N D I N D U S T R Y N E W S St ar t ing Up

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