The NETSTAL ELION is now even faster
A model series on the fast lane

Fast, faster, fastest – a substantial optimization of the dry-cycle time of NETSTAL ELION series models was achieved by making an adjustment to the clamping unit controller. The output can be increased even more in series production use.

Text Michael Birchler  Photos NETSTAL

In the high-performance segment, the NETSTAL brand stands for particularly fast, precise and reliable injection molding machines. To a large degree, this reputation is owed to engineering that deviates from the norm and a perfectionist attention to detail. NETSTAL machines are built to reliably deliver perfect results year-after-year and with extreme loads.  

NETSTAL ELION
NETSTAL ELION
Dry cycle times have been reduced by up to 0.2 seconds across the entire model range.

The NETSTAL ELION series, which was launched in 2004, is proof of this: Through a horizontal servo motor, the centrally positioned 5-point dual toggle lever of the NETSTAL ELION is put in motion especially dynamically yet harmoniously. No other manufacturer uses this demanding yet highly efficient lever mechanism. For the past 15 years, the NETSTAL ELION operating principle has convinced customers through top speeds, low wear and top energy efficiency. These are the elements needed for the successful production of packaging with thin wall thicknesses, beverage closures and consumable articles for the medical industry.

Optimization of the acceleration and deceleration ramps

With the release of aXos-Version 8.2.0, a significant reduction of the NETSTAL ELION's dry-cycle time was achieved by incorporating the latest control technology insights, as was already done successfully for the NETSTAL ELIOS. The update includes an adaptive optimization of the acceleration and deceleration ramps for the clamping unit drive. The result: The maximum moving speed will be reached even faster now and can be maintained a little bit longer before the moving mold plate is harmoniously decelerated and the toggle lever mechanism seamlessly transitions to building up the clamping force.

Increased productivity

However, a shorter dry-cycle time alone does not greatly benefit users. The new control algorithm is able to determine the potential tool weight based on the set installation height and incorporate it in the control of the acceleration and deceleration process. This allows NETSTAL ELION users to reduce the movement time of existing applications. Thanks to the shorter cycle time, the customer benefits directly from the greater output – the overall equipment efficiency can be increased further.

Plus 8100 closures per hour
Plus 8100 closures per hour
For this 29/25 closure the output can be increased by 6.5 % (96 cavities, NETSTAL ELION 4200-2900).

Contact person:

Marcel Christen
marcel.christen@kraussmaffei.com