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31. August 2016

Boy: 3D inserts with larger format

K 2016
Dr. Boy Hall 13 Stand A43

Dr. Boy GmbH & Co. KG announced that it will be exhibiting at K 2016 with the largest number of injection moulding machines so far. The printing of 3D mould inserts and their use on a Boy 25 E within a short time will be demonstrated at the show. Different mould inserts with different geometrical parts will be printed. According to the company, this shows the advantage of this 3D technology – very different parts can be injection moulded on the Boy 25 E within a very short period of time. The tool changing system for accommodating the 3D printed mould inserts, which was previously only used on the Boy XS, is now also available for the larger Boy 25 E and Boy 35 E.

Injection moulding machine from Dr. Boy

Injection moulding machine from Dr. Boy

Another highlight is a presentation in the field of micro injection moulding. The exhibit is a Boy XS, which produces parts of a micro rotary engine (Wankel) with a shot weight of only 0.08 g using an 8 mm screw. Shorter dwell times of the material in the plasticising unit or a faster flow rate of the material (following the first in/first out principle) through the small 8 mm unit offer the option of processing even materials which are sensitive to temperature. The company says it will be showing an automation set-up tailored to this application on this exhibit as well.

Dr. Boy announced that it will also address the topics “Internet of things – networked machines” and “Individual automation solutions”. The company takes a step towards industry 4.0 with the option of connecting their machines to the internet. At the exhibition stand, data from the trade fair machines are collected and sent to a server via an internet connection. The Status app can be used to view the current machine data of the exhibits at the exhibition stand online on mobile devices during the K 2016. Boy is offering this technology and the app as part of their range, allowing users to always keep an eye on the current status of their machines – even when they are not directly on site. This is made possible by the Procan Alpha control of the injection moulding machines.

Furthermore, at the show, two robots will be working in cooperation on a Boy 35 E VV. The machine is used to manufacture transparent glasses which are then removed from the mould by a six-axis robot. On request, the glasses are individually labelled with a name and filled. Then the second robot – in this case working collaboratively – hands the filled glass directly to the trade fair visitor. The special feature of this new type of robot technology is the omission of enclosures or safety fences at this transfer point, says the company.

Dr. Boy announced that it will also be presenting applications for multi-component technology, for the injection blow moulding process and for medical technology. Another application will require active help from the visitors at the stand – they can help to manufacture their own handy torque wrench.

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