Mastercraft Cos. expanded its custom injection molding and engineering capabilities earlier this month by installing three new 55-ton injection presses.
The Phoenix-based firm installed two Cincinnati Milacron presses complete with sprue and parts pickers, plus a Kawaguchi press, at Mastercraft's Polycraft Industries facility. Dave Larson, Mastercraft's vice president and chief operating officer, said his firm needs the presses to meet growing demand in nondisposable medical components and the company's other fast-growing markets.
Polycraft, Mastercraft's custom molding operation, supplies the medical instrumentation, electronics, pool and spa, and automotive industries. It now has 19 presses, with clamping forces of 50-440 tons, and specializes in tight-tolerance, complex components made of engineering thermoplastics.
To make room for the presses, Polycraft transferred a 40-ton and a 70-ton press next door to sister company Mastercraft Mold. The move boosts Mastercraft Mold's mold design and engineering capacity. Mastercraft Mold also runs a 110-ton press to help customers in sampling and pre-production runs.
Larson said Mastercraft Mold mainly makes molds for Polycraft but also does mold repair and die-cast molds, and occasionally builds injection molds for other companies.
Larson said in a telephone interview that Mastercraft paid about $149,000 for the Milacron presses and is running the Kawaguchi in a six-month bench-marking trial to compare it with the Milacron presses. He said Mastercraft could purchase the Kawaguchi press after that time if it meets Mastercraft's standards.
Mastercraft has a mix of Milacron, Kawaguchi and other presses and wants to decide on one supplier for future press purchases, he said.
Mastercraft, a 29-year-old private firm, has total annual sales of about $12 million. Larson said one of its main customers is Abbott Laboratories in Morgan Hill, Calif.