HYBRIDS ON THE SPOT
By Bruce Adams
INJECTION MOLDERS looking to marry hydraulic and electric operations found the best of both worlds at K 2019, where a number of machine makers demonstrated or announced new or updated hybrid models.
Bole now oﬀers its FE series of electric machines with the option of an embedded hydraulic pump station.
Bole is now offering its FE series of fully electric machines with an embedded hydraulic pump station at no additional cost. The cylinders are all contained within the machine, so there is no side pump station to take up additional floor space.
“This hydraulic function will move the core pull, the ejector and the injection carrier,” said Alfred Rak, president and CEO of Bole Machinery. “If the customer wants the hydraulic option, we don’t differentiate in price between the fully electric and the hybrid.”
He said the company can do this due to its manufacturing process.
“At the end of the final assembly of the product, we decide — according to the customer’s wishes — if it will be built as a hybrid or a fully electric version,” Rak said. “We will follow this path so the customer will always have this option.
I have not seen many other companies offering this at the same price point. Nor have I seen them offer it with the hydraulics cleverly embedded inside the machine. That unit normally takes up space outside the machine, where it can get in the way of forklifts and other operations.”
The FE series is available in North America with clamping forces ranging from 121 tons to 386 tons. Rak said the company has machines in stock in the U.S. that are ready to ship
Bruce Adams, senior staff reporter
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