Three-Process Part Molded as Single Component

Engel will be processing a three-component compound to produce an interdental brush with as many as 500 fine bristles that was developed by Pheneo at Plastec West / MD&M West, February 7-9, in Anaheim, California.

Engel will be processing a three-component compound to produce an interdental brush with as many as 500 fine bristles that was developed by Pheneo at Plastec West / MD&M West, February 7-9, in Anaheim, California. Although this type of part typically is produced in three separate processes that form the grip, a wire mesh and the filaments, technology from system partners Engel, Hack and Hekuma allows it to be molded as a single component.

The production cell starts with a cleanroom version of the all-electric Engel e-motion 170/110 T US injection molding machine. A high-performance eight-cavity precision mold supplied by Hack Formenbau is added, as well as an integrated and automated cell in Hekuma’s modularized Hekuflex design. Engle inject 4.0 products, including iQ weight control, iQ clamp control and iQ flow control, help compensate for fluctuations in ambient conditions or raw materials. The company’s electronic e-flomo water manifold system also helps provide greater repeatability and increases energy efficiency.