Wixom expanding for speed, accuracy
WIXOM, MICH. — Mold builder Wixom Products Inc. is more than halfway through a $5 million expansion to improve accuracy and speed.
President Gary Dawson said the latest addition was a Yasda horizontal machining center with load capacity of 24,000 pounds. By August the firm expects to install a new electric discharge machine. Wixom also is replacing older machines and upgrading others, Dawson said in a telephone interview from his firm's Wixom facility.
Wixom mainly builds injection molds for automotive parts, usually for presses with 300-700 tons of clamping force. It also runs 300-ton and 700-ton presses for tryouts.
Dawson said his firm began the expansion program in 1996 and will finish it next year.
Ventax to increase sales base in U.S.
AYR, ONTARIO — Ventax Robot Inc. plans to expand its U.S. sales base by enlisting more sales representatives.
Herb Singer, Ventax manager of business development, said his firm is talking with potential sales reps for various U.S. regions. It already has one rep, Kemco & James, in Cleveland covering Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
Singer said his firm supplies a range of automation machinery, including robots for insert molding and downstream operations. It is based in Ayr, about 50 miles west of Toronto. Ventax has worked closely with injection press supplier HPM Corp. of Mount Gilead, Ohio, but Singer said his firm is not allied to any machinery firm.
Ventax has many U.S. customers and wants to serve the market better through more representation. Singer said it also is considering a U.S. sales office.