STRONGSVILLE, OHIO - Van Dorn Demag Corp. of Strongsville plans to open a technical training and demonstration center at the facilities of custom injection molder Tech-Poulson Inc. in Scottsdale, Ariz. Three presses are being installed this week, two ETs with clamping forces of 35 and 80 tons, and one HT with 120 tons of clamping force. There is room for an additional press to be installed later. Mike Sansoucy, process development manager for Tech-Poulson and the center's manager, said the center will open officially later this month.
Shorter lead times mean that perfecting the molding process in a compressed time frame becomes a critical issue.
``Sometimes we have only a matter of days to get a mold into full production,'' Sansoucy said. ``A dedicated [research and development] facility gives us the opportunity to develop the process with a focused group of people.''
Van Dorn plans to use the Tech-Poulson facility as a West Coast training and seminar center for its technical and sales personnel.
Conair Group, which provided the auxiliary equipment, also will have access to the center for testing new equipment and training its personnel. Sansoucy said some material suppliers also have expressed an interest in testing materials applications at Tech-Poulson.
Tech-Poulson, an affiliate of Scottsdale-based Tech Group, currently operates in a 54,000-square-foot, two-story facility with 28 presses, 26 of which are Van Dorn. Clamping forces range from 35-300 tons.
The company employs 160 and serves the office equipment, computer and medical industries.