CHICAGO — Officials of the Epco Division of John Brown Plastics Machinery said Epco now can electronically validate performance of its remanufactured injection presses using Hunkar Laboratories Inc.'s Smart Box 1000 Portable Machine Analyzer.
At NPE 1997 in Chicago, Epco showed a remanufactured 500-ton Cincinnati Milacron press equipped with the Smart Box 1000.
``Now we've got a tool that actually measures the performance of the machine,'' said Dale Reeves, Epco's director of sales and marketing.
Epco's NPE show machine is owned by Southcorp Packaging USA Inc. of Peotone, Ill.
Epco President Steven Schroeder said Epco got into Hunkar validation when a customer, an automotive molder, wanted answers about problems on an Epco-remanufactured machine.
The Hunkar PMA works while the machine is running to track whether the press stays inside parameters such as cycle time, hold time and injection pressures. Hunkar has developed a standard for measuring machine performance, known as Hunkar Class 1 through Class 9.
Epco also announced it will be a distributor and systems integrator of temperature control equipment made by Budzar Industries Inc. Epco will sell chillers and mold temperature controllers in conjunction with its remanufacturing services for injection and blow molding machines.
In other news, Epco also has started doing remanufacturing and preventive maintenance of machines in customers' factories. William Purcell, customer service manager, said the program has been running as a pilot project for more than six months.