Ube offers UU models in N. America market
ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Ube Industries Ltd. now is selling its direct-lock, two-platen injection molding machines to the North American market, through its U.S. operation, Ube Machinery Inc. in Ann Arbor.
Ubemax UU Series machines come in clamping forces of 2,200, 2,800, 3,300, 4,000 and 4,400 tons.
Since 1985, Ube Industries has offered UU presses to Japan and Pacific Rim countries, markets that demand the space savings provided by two-platen machines.
Long support shoes support the weight of the mold and platen. The shoes stabilize oversized molds and prevent tipping, misalignment, flash or mold wear.
UU machines use two independent hydraulic approach cylinders to move the platens. Four large-compression rams rapidly build clamping force, instead of one large ram that requires a big, complicated hydraulic system. The clamping unit reduces compression time and energy consumption, Ube said. Further energy savings come because the machine reduces clamping force during part cooling.
Ube claims that die closing, opening and pressure build-up work 20 percent faster than hydraulic clamp machines.
Sakas exits plastics, sells equipment lines
BALTIMORE — Two firms have acquired the machinery equipment businesses of Sakas Inc. of Baltimore, which made auxiliary equipment for extrusion.
The Pittsburgh-based Marking Products Division of Matthews International has acquired Sakas' hot indent printers.
Nutter Machine Co. of Hebron, Ohio, bought the remaining Sakas plastics equipment lines, including pipe coilers, pipe perforators, and traveling saws. Nutter will sell the machines under the Sakas-NMC name.
Terms of the May 15 announcements were not disclosed. The company still does metal fabricating for the electronics industry.
Yushin workers get 'no beeping' space
KYOTO, JAPAN — In today's world of cell phones, pagers, even teleconferences, Yushin Precision Equipment Co. Ltd. wants its employees to think in peace.
A ``thinking room'' — which bans telephones or paging speakers — will be located on the top floor of a new, 56,000-square-foot factory at the robot maker's Kyoto headquarters complex. Yushin is ``creating a space where employees can concentrate on a single theme, or elaborate on various ideas,'' according to a news release announcing the plant.
Yushin said the plant, its third in Japan, will double production capacity. The five-story building will have an automated warehouse to supply parts to three floors dedicated to assembly.
In North America, the company is represented by Yushin America Inc. in Cranston, R.I.