Injection Technologies plans to include thermoset injection molding in its mold-testing facility in Windsor, Ontario. The division of mold builder Hallmark Technologies Inc. will install, by March, a 500-ton Bucher press and screw with maximum shot weight of 143 ounces of bulk molding compound, said Ken Field, general manager of Injection Technologies.
Bucher Inc. of Buffalo Grove, Ill., will supply the press in a subsidized lease to help support development of thermoset automotive parts, particularly in under-the-hood applications such as valve covers, Bucher's President Phil Leopold said in a telephone interview. Leopold estimated the commercial value of the press and related equipment at about $520,000. Officials did not specify terms of the lease.
Injection Technologies operates eight thermoplastic presses with clamping forces of 130-2,200 tons, mainly for auto part trials.
Bucher specializes in thermoset molding systems using European technology. The Bucher TS500P press has 16 zones of mold temperature control, a spindle-type mold clamp and a Poly 210/360 augur-type storage and piston stuffer.