Structural Foam Plastics Inc. will be able to mold two pallets at a time on a new machine the company purchased from Wilmington Machinery. The foam molding press, which can inject a shot as large as 100 pounds, will begin operating at the end of August at Structural Foam Plastics' new facility in Winchester, Ky. The low-pressure machine has a clamping force of 750 tons and a platen 135 inches wide.
Besides pallets, the machine will make sliding boards for swing sets and parts for storage sheds, among other products, according to Stanley Rosania, president of Structural Foam Plastics.
The custom molding company is headquartered in North Branch, N.J.
The pallets will be shipped to a company in Greensboro, N.C., that makes material handling systems, Technical Help in Engineering and Manufacturing International Inc.
The press is the first of Wilmington Machinery's new HE line. That stands for ``horizontal elevated,'' describing the clamp, which is raised to allow removal of large parts below the tie bars. The machinery supplier, based in Wilmington, N.C., is offering HE machines in clamping forces of 500 tons, 750 tons and 1,000 tons.
Shot capacities for the line, using two-stage extruder/accumulator injection units, range from 50 pounds to 150 pounds. Plasticating rates range from 750 pounds an hour to more than 2,000 pounds an hour, the company said.
The HE machine maintains a steady 6,000 pounds per square inch of pressure on the melt throughout the mold-fill period, done by direct hydraulic ramming of the shot into the mold or molds.
Prices run from $1 million to $1.7 million, according to Wilmington Machinery.