The following items were gathered by reporter Bill Bregar from the Western Plastics Exposition, held Feb. 14-17 in Long Beach, Calif.
Injection press maker Sandretto Plastics Machinery Inc. and Apex Machine Tool Co. announced they have opened a technical center at Apex headquarters in Farmington, Conn.
Separately, Sandretto machines will be featured at a new West Coast tech center, scheduled to open this spring in Simi Valley, Calif.
The Farmington center, designed to serve customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, provides demonstrations of Sandretto injection molding machines and Apex molds. Cedarville, N.J.-based Sandretto has provided a 225-ton Series 8 Advantage press with a new SEF 100 controller.
The Simi Valley tech center is housed at the headquarters of Smith Marketing Services, which represents Sandretto and a number of other plastics industry suppliers. A grand opening is scheduled for the end of April.
Sandretto said it also plans to open a tech center this year, in the Midwest.
ACE boosts workers, space in Illinois
Auxiliary equipment maker AEC Inc. said it has acquired an additional 20,000 square feet of production space in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
More than 30 employees have been added for welding, fabrication and assembly of AEC's pump tanks, chillers and cooling towers.
The facility will shorten lead times and increase AEC's production capacity, according to Larry Bowman, general manager and vice president of sales.
The expansion comes soon after AEC added 15,000 square feet of warehouse space at its headquarters in Wood Dale, Ill.
AEC makes a full line of auxiliary machinery for the plastics industry, including chillers, mold temperature-control units, resin conveying systems, blenders, dryers, granulators, scrap-recovery systems, robots and automated systems for part and runner handling.
tshiba adds service, technical offices
Toshiba Machine Co. America has opened its new Atlanta Tech-Center, its fifth regional technical center in the United States.
The center is in Norcross, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. The center offers technical support, mold testing, new equipment demonstrations, equipment repair and maintenance services.
Toshiba also announced a new customer service office, near Lansing, Mich.
Husky builds 820-ton insert machine
Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. has built its first vertical-clamp insert molding machine - an 820-ton press.
Most insert molding machines come in relatively small tonnages. But the Husky press, model VX 750, is designed for large parts and can do lost-core molding. The rotary table, which measures 111/2 feet, can rotate 180 degrees in less than four seconds.
The new press was not shown at Husky's WPE exhibit. The Bolton, Ontario, company has built one press, for a customer it declined to identify. Several others are under construction.
Until now, Husky has built only horizontal injection molding machines.
Husky showed a new hot-runner controller and quick-delivery program for its hot-runner systems at the Long Beach show.
The main feature of the 9500 Series hot-runner temperature controllers, according to Husky, is ease of use. The operator uses a flat-panel touch screen positioned on top of a 40-inch-high cabinet. The 9500 can accommodate as many as 120 zones of control.
It requires only 251/2 by 27 inches of floor space. Individual zone control is provided through replaceable modules, which makes service easier and less costly, Husky said.
Husky also introduced a program to manufacture and deliver hot-runner manifolds within six weeks or less from the time of order.
The program includes more than 40 two-, four-, six- and eight-drop manifolds with preset drop-pitch spacing.