Sankt Augustin, Germany – Hennecke has started production of the Highline Mk2 high-pressure metering machine. The “entirely re-developed” machine is the second model in the German manufacturer’s Next-Generation line.
The company describes the Highline Mk2 as compact and versatile, and suitable for both manual and automated production. The Next-Generation series is a completely new generation of high-pressure metering machines, manufactured under the new “Hennecke Production System” and the company says it offers attractive entry prices, shorter lead times, and a minimal machine footprint. “Thanks to our new production method, we are able to reduce the processing time in cyclic assembly to five days," said Jens Winiarz, senior sales director at Hennecke.
The machine’s one-frame design provides easy access to all component parts, and it is capable of processing virtually all common raw material systems.
The Next-Generation metering machines are fitted as standard with Hennecke's Blue Intelligence technology – a set of measures for mechanical, thermal, and hydraulic efficiency. And the company says that optimised components reduce pressure losses in low-pressure circulation, automatically calculate pump lead times, activate an intelligent standby system and improve pump efficiency.
Winiarz said: “Based on the individual production scenario, savings of up to 50% can be made with the Highline Mk2, even in its standard configuration”.
The Highline Mk2 uses smart mixheads from the premium MT-A series, which are available in five sizes, and suitable for open shot as well as docked processing. The MT-A mixhead features optimised materials and surface coatings that provide for high durability, even under difficult production conditions and when using demanding chemical systems.
MXL air-cleaned mixheads can be used for special rigid foam applications. Winiarz said: “In combination with the Fixjet and Flexjet SL series from the latest Hennecke injector generation, the Highline Mk2 mixhead portfolio exceeds the demands of modern polyurethane systems in terms of metering accuracy, mixing quality and service life of the components".
The Highline Mk2 is controlled using Hennecke’s Foamatic hardware, which includes a high-resolution 12-inch HMI, which also allows for simultaneous remote monitoring on up to three network-compatible end devices including smartphones, tablets, or external monitors.
Winiarz said: “The standard Foamware already includes all the necessary hardware for enabling integrated IoT functionality."
A ceremony will mark the handover of the first Highline Mk2 machines delivered to customers. The previous generation Highline model will be discontinued over the coming months. The company is to present its flagship model, the high-pressure Topline Mk2 in July 2023.