T&D Plastech adds Husky injection press
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND—Materials-handling container molder T&D Plastech Ltd. has taken delivery of a new, 2,700-ton injection press from Husky Injection Molding Systems SA.
The machine, supplied to the British molder's plant at Rotherham, will be used to produce 62-gallon wheeled bins and other large parts.
The E-series two-platen press incorporates new controls, power packs and injection pressures as great as 2,200 bar, allowing it to make thinner parts and reduce mold-filling time, according to Husky's Birmingham, England, sales office.
``We certainly consider this to be the start of a five-year plan and look forward to continuing our relationship with Husky,'' said Nigel Godden, T&D managing director.
Infinity expanding Ventura, Calif., plant
VENTURA, CALIF. — Infinity Plastics LLC will install clean room molding at its Ventura facility this summer and gradually add more injection presses.
Infinity General Manager Bob Guthrie said medical molding accounts for more than a third of his firm's business. It plans to finish a Class 100,000 clean room within several months and begin adding more presses with clamping forces of about 100 tons. It now runs three presses, ranging in sizes from 55-220 tons, in a controlled environment at its leased, 9,000-square-foot plant.
Investors started Infinity in August to provide ``the final link'' between affiliated tool-building and contract assembly operations, Guthrie said in a telephone interview. He said Infinity provides cost-effective molding for one-stop shopping for the sister companies.
Infinity has four investors, including contract manufacturer Ventrex Inc. of Ventura. The affiliated tool shop, Innovative Tool, is based in nearby Camarillo, Calif.
Guthrie said Infinity probably will buy six Cincinnati Milacron electric injection presses within the next year as its business grows in medical, telecommunications, computer peripherals, recreation and consumer markets.
The company's current presses are all Milacron electrics. Infinity predicts sales of nearly $2 million this year.
German firm starts production in Ky.
HEBRON, KY. — Tente Casters Inc. started its first U.S. production March 1 with two injection molding machines at its facility in Hebron.
The subsidiary of Wermelskirchen, Germany-based Tente-Rollen GmbH & Co. will mold casters — plastic wheels with a metal or plastic housing — for hospital beds and medical equipment, a spokeswoman said. The Hebron unit had imported the casters. The new machines are 440-ton Cincinnati Milacrons.
The firm has about 70 injection presses in facilities in Ireland, Germany and South Africa.