Milacron not building Prowler press in India
BATAVIA, OHIO — Contrary to European and Asian trade press reports, Cincinnati Milacron Inc. has not decided to manufacture Prowler tie-barless injection molding machines at its factory in Ahmedabad, India, a top Milacron executive said.
``At this point in time, there aren't any concrete plans'' to build the Prowler in India, said Harold Faig, group vice president of plastics machinery worldwide.
Milacron's Batavia-based Plastics Machinery Group has manufacturing operations in Ohio, Germany, Austria and India.
The 2-year-old operation in India, Cincinnati Milacron Pvt. Ltd., is a joint venture between Milacron and the Mahendra Patel group.
This past summer, Asian Plastics News and European Plastics News quoted an unnamed Milacron source as saying production of the Prowler in India is expected to start in early 1998. Milacron introduced the Prowler at NPE 1997 in June.
Although Faig said that press report is incorrect, he said Milacron ultimately does want to be able to manufacture all of its machines at any location, worldwide.
DT Industries reports sales growth for '97
SPRINGFIELD, MO. — DT Industries Inc., patent company of thermoforming machinery maker Sencorp Systems Inc. of Hyannis, Mass., reported a large sales increase in fiscal 1997, most of which came from recently acquired companies.
DTI said its total 1997 sales for the year ended June 29 were $396.1 million, a 67.9 percent increase from $235.9 million in fiscal 1996.
Corporatewide profit nearly doubled, to $26 million in 1997, up from $13.5 million.
DT Industries, based in Springfield, owns businesses in the metal fabrication, machinery and automation industries.
Sencorp is one of seven companies grouped under the DTI Packaging segment, which in turn is part of DTI's Special Machines group. Although DTI does not break out sales for Sencorp, it does report sales for all of DTI Packaging.
DTI Packaging generated 1997 sales of $100.4 million, a 14.5 percent increase from 1996 sales of $87.7 million.
The company reported an operating profit margin of 16.3 percent for all of Special Machines, a group that includes DTI Packaging and DTI Automation.
Sales for all of Special Machines were $348.6 million, a 79.8 percent gain from 1996 sales of $193.8 million.
In its annual report, DTI said most of that increase was in sales from recently acquired businesses. Sales from existing businesses were up 8.6 percent, according to the report.
Servo-driven robots catching on in U.S.
CRANSTON, R.I. — Servo-driven robots have caught on in the United States, and soon will dominate the market, pushing pneumatic robots into niche applications, according to Yushin America Inc.
Even so, Yushin America President John Mallon IV said U.S. injection molding factories lag behind some foreign competitors in adopting servo robots.
Cranston-based Yushin makes and sells both types of robots.
In 1991, just 10 percent of the traverse robots Yushin sold in the United States had all-servo drives. The remaining 90 percent had either all-pneumatic or pneumatic/servo combinations, Mallon said. But by 1996, half of Yushin's U.S. robot sales count came from all-servo models.
A recent Yushin survey said an all-servo robot can save $49,000 over a hybrid pneumatic/servo robot in one year. Yushin said servo robots can stop with great precision and repeatability at multiple points along each axis of motion. That means a servo robot can complete several tasks during each cycle.
Pneumatic robots typically cannot stop with precision in the middle of a movement, so their use is limited to pick-and-place applications, the company said.
CAM spends $100,000 to double plant space
GLADWIN, MICH. — Thermoforming equipment maker Central Automated Machinery Inc. has doubled its manufacturing space, to about 18,000 square feet.
In recent years, customers have bought more pressure forming and twin-sheet thermoforming machines, according to CAM President Bruce Smith. That has pinched capacity to manufacture rotary and shuttle thermoformers, which has been boosted by the expansion, he said.
The Gladwin company also has started exporting, selling machines to Brazil and Australia.
The firm's newest machine is a shuttle thermoformer with two sheet carriages. The machine always has one part in the oven and the other in the form station.
CAM invested about $100,000 in the expansion, Smith said.
KM shows increases in machinery orders
MUNICH, GERMANY — Orders for Krauss-Maffei AG's plastics machinery increased by 10 percent during the first half of 1997, reports KM's parent, Mannesmann AG.
The information was included in Mannesmann's report for the first half, ended June 30.
Krauss-Maffei's Plastics Machinery Technology division is the largest of six divisions at Krauss-Maffei of Munich, which also makes train locomotives, military weapons systems and tanks, surface treatment equipment and other products.
Mannesmann did not break out sales figures for the divisions. In 1996, the plastics division had sales of $760 million.
That figure included sales from Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH, Swiss injection press maker Netstal-Maschinen AG, German extruder supplier Hermann Berstorff Maschinenbau GmbH, and French injection press maker Billion SA.
Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik manufactures injection presses, extruders and reaction injection molding machines.
Overall, Krauss-Maffei experienced a decline in orders, but Mannesmann blamed that on reduced orders for the military sector.
In personnel news, Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik announced it has named Wilfried Griephan as sales and marketing manager for injection molding machines. He was promoted from regional export manager for eastern Europe and Asia.
In the United States, the company is represented by Krauss-Maffei Corp. in Florence, Ky.