Husky Injection Molding Systems will demonstrate its new HyCAP™ system, specifically optimized for high output beverage closure manufacturing, at NPE 2009. According to the company, the HyCAP can help to cut resin costs and lower the operating costs of conversion. The 72-cavity HyCAP 300 system at NPE will be running a lightweight 26 millimeter water closure weighing 0.98 grams at less than three second cycles. This is a significant improvement from the industry standard for this part, which is 3.5 to 4.0 second cycles on a 1.6 gram closure. HyCAP's industry-leading cycle times are a result of combination of performance improvements, including faster clamp cycles, features to reduce cooling time, and tighter integration of hot runner control. HyCAP is available from 225 to 500 tonnes (248 to 550 tons), and is an important part of Husky's complete beverage packaging solution.
HyCAP offers injection accuracy and hot runner balance to reduce part weight variation, improve processing window limits and provide more consistent part dimensions, which are all vital as parts become lighter and thinner. To achieve this, modifications have been made to the machine and hot runner to achieve tighter tolerances, better melt control, minimized plate deflection, as well as accommodate the needs of challenging closure resins. These combined benefits make HyCAP the ideal system to produce the new, shorter, lightweight caps, such as those for the recently introduced PCO 1881 neck finish.