R&D Tool buys English mold maker
CHICAGO — R&D Tool and Engineering Group has acquired a mold maker in England, DK Moulds Ltd.
``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 Lee's Summit, Mo. DK Moulds is in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England. Terms were not disclosed.
At NPE 1997 in Chicago, R&D Tool introduced a patented Adjustable Blow Station for single-stage injection stretch blow molding. The design allows for quick and precise mold adjustments of bottle heights, without the need to remove tooling.
In other news, R&D Tool announced an agreement that has it 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., which supplies gas-assisted injection molding systems, announced at NPE 1997 in Chicago a cooperative agreement with MHI Injection Molding Machinery Inc., which markets Mitsubishi injection presses.
The companies said the deal establishes a Mitsubishi sales and technical training center at Gain's headquarters in Sterling Heights, Mich. MHI is based 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. 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. recently opened its new hard coating application facility, the firm announced at NPE 1997 in Chicago.
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., one of the largest U.S. makers of static testing equipment, has bought GRC International Inc.'s Dynatup unit, a small niche maker of instrument impact machines.
Dynatup had less than $5 million in sales last year. Instron did not disclose the price.
``GRC was looking to divest itself of certain products'' that did not fit with the defense contractor's strategy, he said in an interview at NPE 1997 in Chicago. ``We felt it was a very good fit between Instron customers and Dynatup customers.''
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. Instron has about $160 million in annual sales.
Welder maker opens plant in S. Korea
CHICAGO — Minneapolis-based Forward Technology Industries Inc. has established a sales and service office and a manufacturing facility for hot-plate welders and ultrasonic welders in South Korea.
Product manager Paul Burlingame would not disclose the cost of the facility, but said in an interview at NPE 1997 in Chicago that it will sell and service all of the company's equipment for plastic assembly and leak testing there.
The company also introduced its LVW-2046 vibration welder with several different welding modes, an automatic feedback system and automatic frequency tuning. The machine sells for about $95,000, Burlingame said.