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Brink braces for higher automation demand
By Catherine Kavanaugh
Plastics News Staff
Dutch toolmaker Brink BV is
preparing for continued growth
in automation demand to address
labor shortages.
The mold maker and automation
supplier showed off new sensor
capabilities and a platform it
refers to as " the Brink dashboard "
at Fakuma 2023.
Overall, the year has been good
for the Harskamp-based company,
which was founded in 1963. Brink
operates out of seven facilities
in the Netherlands with 300-plus
employees who serve customers
in more than 70 countries.
The company is focused on
thin-wall packaging at Fakuma
with in-mold labeling, or IML.
2023 has been a good year for
the company, Maarten Vos, international
sales manager, said at
the trade show.
" Our mold-making business has
been steady this year, and we're
seeing big growth in the automation
sector to address the lack of
labor, " Vos said.
At Fakuma, Brink was part of
a demonstration that produced
thin-wall fl owerpots in less than
three seconds on an injection
molding machine built by Stork.
" That mold has new developments, "
Vos said. " We've got
some digital sensors inside the
BRINK BV
Hall A7, Booth 7304
Maarten Vos, international
sales manager at Brink,
shows the company's new
dashboard at Fakuma 2023.
Plastics News photo by Caroline Seidel
mold measuring the opening of
the mold. It's all in line with controlling
the process, seeing what's
happening. We're making it more
digital to be able to control the
parameters - not with a feeling,
but with facts and numbers. "
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its vision camera controls and
box-fi lling automation to meet
the needs of plastics processors
that have been facing problems
fi lling open positions.
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ing forward and forward in the direction
that no personnel is needed
anymore, " Vos said. " We're
connecting our system with the
injection molding machine so personnel
don't have to set it up. It
can be done automatically. "
Brink also is taking more orders
for controls and dashboards that
connect to production.
" That's why we introduced 'the
green dashboard' so customers
can see the performance of their
automation systems, their injection
molding machines and their
molds, " Vos said. " They can see
if there's a need for service and if
there are any problems or reason
why the system isn't running, why
it stopped. "
The dashboard can be equipped
with cameras to provide video information.
" The
cameras show with video
what's happening at the certain
time a robot stops while also
monitoring the system's overall
performance, " Vos said.
With industry partner Arburg, a
Brink mold and automation system
was used to demonstrate injection
compression molding with IML.
" Normally you inject in a really
thin mold so you need a high-pressure,
fast-speed injection, " Vos said.
" Now you just open the mold
a little bit - several tenths of a
millimeter - and inject. Eighty
percent of the complete product
is fi lled, and then we close the
mold, " Vos said. " Then, you compress
the material, and the last
material fl ows to the top and the
wall thickness will be thin. "
Having a thicker wall during injection
and then compressing it
could save energy, Vos added.
" It's a well-known technique
already that's getting attention
in the thin-walled packaging industry.
The benefi t is you can go
lighter in many ways with a standard
material, " he said.
Vos described Brink as a
mold-making company - single-face,
multicavity and stack
- with the ability to support full
automation solutions, including
palletizing.
In Denver, Brink USA is almost
ready to open to support and service
molds in North America.
" We've got a location, some
skilled employees and the machines
are coming in, " Vos said,
adding that the facility will open
in December.
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