The following items were reported by news editor Don Loepp and correspondent Michael Lauzon from Plast-Ex '95, held May 1-4 in Toronto.
The owners of custom injection molder Pier-Mac Plastics Inc. have opened a new firm to perform ultraviolet-curable hard coating of plastic parts.
Bob McCabe and Jerry Pierce, partners in Pier-Mac in Portland, Ind., recently started production at Accelerated Curing Inc., which employs eight in Portland. Accelerated Curing has one $1.2 million line, including two robotic painting booths, an infrared oven and 12 600-watt ultraviolet lamps. The firm performs UV curing various parts, including automotive lighting lenses.
McCabe and Pierce also own W&M Manufacturing Inc. in Portland, which paints and metalizes plastic parts.
Pier-Mac has 11 injection presses, and makes parts for markets including automotive and casket hardware.
The three companies exhibited at Plast-Ex '95.
Husky Injuction has office in Singapore
Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. has opened a Southeast Asia regional office in Singapore.
Husky said sales growth in the area spurred its decision to set up the operation to provide sales, service, spare parts and technical support. The company appointed K.C. Chan as general manager for the office.
Separately, Husky introduced an upgraded version of its statistical process and quality control software for injection molding at Plast-Ex '95. Version 2.0 offers more flexibility and is easier to use, according to the Bolton, Ontario, firm.
Husky also introduced a petri dish stacker that eliminates the potential for contamination for assembled petri dishes. The stacker assembles the base and lid during part removal from a 16-cavity stack mold.
Nova Scotia plastic milk bottles
If Keiver Read has his way, Nova Scotians soon will drink milk from plastic jugs.
Read, manager of Scotia Plastics Inc., is starting production of plastic bottles at its plant in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia.
The company, founded in 1988, extrudes 2- and 4-inch pipe made of high density polyethylene, primarily for agricultural drainage.
``We probably make half of the volume sold in the Atlantic Canada area, at least in construction and agricultural,'' he said last week in a telephone interview. ``We're moving into blow molding because we feel that, over time, the agricultural pipe business will slow down as fields get tiled and government subsidies to farmers go away. We know plastics, and we didn't want to have all our eggs in one basket.''
Scotia Plastics bought a used, Uniloy 2000-series, two-head extrusion blow molding machine from BMPS Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario, which exhibited at Plast-Ex '95. The machine was rebuilt by Dairy Services of Arizona Inc. in Phoenix. Scotia Plastics spent about C$500,000 (US$368,000) on the project.
Initially, the firm plans to sell bottles to drinking water companies. But high on Read's list of potential customers are dairies in the Maritime Provinces. Milk in Nova Scotia now comes in paperboard or plastic bags.