Maxson Automatic Machinery Co. of Westerly, R.I., introduced an accumulating festoon so inline sheet manufacturers can closely match the speed of downstream processes and maintain accurate sheet length. The system handles a closed-loop control for the roll stand, making immediate speed changes that would otherwise be impossible.
In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.
Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.