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HRS Flow Tailoring hot runner technology to trendy coffee consumption

Editor: Eric Culp

Talk about a booming market: In Germany alone last year, some 2 billion capsules were used in coffee makers, according to media reports. One hot runner supplier is helping toolmakers enter this robust market.

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Billions of capsules make their way into coffee machines each year, which provides an attractive market for plastics processors.
Billions of capsules make their way into coffee machines each year, which provides an attractive market for plastics processors.
(HRS Flow)

Over the past few years, the global market for coffee capsules has exhibited huge growth. Making products for this application requires the latest technological developments and special attention to the design of the capsule because it will be seen by the end users.

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In order to take advantage of growth in this area, HRS Multitech said it started scouting the field and began working with some well-known mould makers.

Various technologies converge for production excellence

The hot runner supplier said its systems for these kinds of applications are designed to resist high injection pressures and drastically reduce cycle times. “For excellent finish and short cycle times, we employ conformal cooling circuits made with SLM technology, designed and produced by HRS Flow in-house following careful fluid dynamic analysis,” the company said.

The Multitech line is said to satisfy the new environmental standards that packaging materials need to meet,and they also require the production system to be more energy efficient.

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