FORT MITCHELL, KY. - High Pressure Plastics Ltd., a custom pressure former in Livingston, Scotland, recently installed a five-axis computer numerically controlled router with 10 horsepower spindle and eight-position tool automatic tool changer, at an investment of more than $150,000. The router, used for high-speed trimming of thermoformed parts, is from Motionmaster Inc. of San Marcos, Calif. It was sold through Willdann Co. in Elk Grove, Ill., and represents the first sale in the United Kingdom for the company. Paul Spies of Dynamic Plastic Solutions in York, Pa., installed it.
David Russell, managing director for HPP, said that with the increasing complexity of parts thermoformers produce CNC routing is necessary for the company to ``achieve levels of accuracy and efficiency which would previously have been difficult to achieve.''
Russell and HPP's production manager, Brian Bolton, attended the SPE Thermoforming division conference in Fort Mitchell.
Russell expects production at the plant to increase 25 percent next year. He said he plans to add other equipment in the next year, but would not elaborate. HPP operates five pressure forming stations, and serves the agricultural and computer industries.