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Gluco vertical presses gain Keba controllers

Issue: January 2019

Injection molding machines Gluco’s vertical-clamping injection molding machines (IMMs) offer either vertical or horizontal injection and have clamping forces ranging from 15 tons to 300 tons.

What’s new? Keba controllers. After creating a prototype insert molding machine with the new controller, Gluco decided to ship all of its new U.S.-made IMMs with the KePlast i2000 control system with 12-inch touch-screen display as standard. Its presses also will be supplied with the KePlast SpeedPump package, which is a servo drive matched with a hydraulic pump. Customers can still request legacy Allen-Bradley controls as an option.

Benefits Increased functionality. The new controller will allow users to monitor injection profiling, keep a history of shot size and core pulls and see graphics tracking all functions of the press. The SpeedPump saves energy costs by only providing hydraulic energy as needed.

Gluco Inc., Jenison, Mich., 616-457-1212, www.gluco.com