R& D Tool buys English mold maker CHICAGO — R&D Tool and Engineering Inc. (Booth N4995) has acquired a mold maker in England, DK Moulds Ltd.
R&D Tool announced the acquisition June 13.
``We saw DK Moulds as a perfect fit,'' said Rex Luchtel, marketing manager of R&D Tool. ``They are very similar to R&D Tool in that they specialize in providing a wide range of PET tooling for both single- and two-stage injection blow molding.''
R&D Tool is based in Lees Summit, Mo. DK Moulds is in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England. Terms were not disclosed.
At NPE, R&D Tool is introducing a patented Adjustable Blow Station for single-stage injection stretch blow molding presses. The design allows for quick and precise mold adjustments of bottle heights, without the need to remove any tooling.
In other news, R&D Tool announced an agreement that has R&D Tool providing North American service and customer assistance for molds made by Schottli AG of Diessenhofen, Switzerland.
Gain, MHI enter marketing agreement
CHICAGO — Gain Technologies Inc. (Booth N6719), which supplies gas-assisted injection molding systems, is announcing a cooperative agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Injection Molding Machinery Inc. (Booth E8702), which markets Mitsubishi injection presses.
The firms said the deal establishes a Mitsubishi sales and technical training center at Gain's Sterling Heights, Mich., headquarters. MHI is in Wood Dale, Ill. The agreement also permits MHI to try out any customers' conventional or gas-assisted injection molding on a Mitsubishi machine with 610 tons of clamping force, or a large-tonnage hydromechanical MM III Mitsubishi press.
Gain officials also can use the Mitsubishi presses to demonstrate gas-assisted injection molding technology, and for prototype research and development.
In other news, Gain announced that Bauer Compressors Inc. (Booth E11828) will be Gain's exclusive supplier of nitrogen generators for gas systems. Bauer will make the generators for Gain products worldwide. Bauer also will build the gas-control units exclusively for Gain in the Americas. Gain will market and sell Bauer equipment under the Gain label.
Applied Hardcoating opens new plant
CHICAGO — Applied Hardcoating Technologies Inc. (Booth E10056) recently opened its new hard coating application facility, the firm announced at NPE.
AHT's 40,000-square-foot facility in Henderson, Nev., applies hard coatings to ophthalmic lenses, safety and sports eyewear, automotive trim, injection molded parts and plastic sheet, said Steve Aardema, vice president and general manager. It uses a range of coating techniques, including dip, flow, spin and curtain processes and can handle parts as large as 5 feet by 8 feet.
The company said it located in Nevada because of industrial growth, a low-humidity environment and good transportation logistics. AHT does custom coating and offers development and process engineering services and pre-production coating trials.
Instron Corp. buys GRC's Dynatup unit
CHICAGO — Instron Corp. (Booth E10518), one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of static testing equipment, has purchased GRC International Inc.'s Dynatup unit, a small niche maker of instrument impact machines.
Dynatup had sales of less than $5 million last year. Instron's advertising and sales manager, James Martin, did not disclose the purchase price.
``GRC was looking to divest itself of certain products'' that did not fit with the defense contractor's strategy, he said.The acquisition was finalized about one month ago, he said.
Instron will move all of Dynatup's production facilities from its Santa Barbara, Calif., headquarters, to Instron's Canton, Mass., headquarters.Dynatup has fewer than 50 employees and none of them will be laid off, Martin said.
The purchase is the latest in a long line of acquisitions and alliances for Instron. It has bought several other firms in the past few years, and has a 51 percent stake in a $60 million joint venture with Schenck, a German maker of testing equipment.
Plastic Drum Institute donates drums
CHICAGO — The Plastic Drum Institute presented the Chicago Parks District with 300 55-gallon plastic drums at NPE 1997.
The industrial barrels were manufactured especially for NPE by Florida Drum Co. in Charlotte, N.C.; Sonoco Industrial Container Division of Lombard, Ill.; and Russell-Stanley Corp. in Nitro, W.Va. The containers will first be used as trash receptacles during the June 16-20 exhibition and then turned over to Chicago's Parks District. The parks system will place the litter drums at more than 250 recreational field houses.
Paxon Polymer Co. in Baton Rouge, La.; Phillips Petroleum Co. in Bartlesville, Okla.; and Nova Chemicals Ltd. in Mississauga, Ontario, donated material for the drums.