ENGEL has launched the latest in its series of all-electric e-cap injection moulding machines – the e-cap 380. The company argues that the requirements for beverage caps have changed substantially since the launch of its first all-electric e-cap injection moulding machine at K 2010. As Friedrich Mairhofer, Product Manager for all-electric injection moulding machines at ENGEL, explains: “For still water, caps with a weight of significantly less than one gram are produced today. As a result, cooling and cycle times have continued to drop. Where the cycle times ten years ago were still 2.5 seconds, today’s cap machines need to be able to produce at 2-second intervals and faster.  “When developing the new generation of machines, the main focus was, therefore, both on performance and on stability. The new e-cap achieves even faster mould opening and closing movements and is designed with an even more stable machine bed for more frequent load cycles.” The reinforced frame and the reinforced mould mounting platens on the new e-cap reportedly ensure excellent stability of the machine movements even with extremely short cycles and very small shot volumes. Dry cycle times of 1...