DUSSELDORF, GERMANY — HPM Corp., which has studied whether to make an all-electric injection molding machine, has decided instead to offer machines with electric screw drive.
HPM showed such a drive at K'98, on its new bucket machine called the Pailmaster. HPM will offer the screw drive as an option for customers that want to save energy and buy a faster machine, said Neil Kadisha, president and chief executive officer of HPM's parent company, Stadco Inc.
``This is one of the fastest machines that you can get anywhere,'' Kadisha said at HPM's K show booth in Dusseldorf.
The Pailmaster at K was one of HPM's retractable-tie-bar machines. The full open space allows a robot to move freely into the mold to remove the buckets, shaving time off the molding cycle.
Are all-electric injection presses in the future for the Mount Gilead, Ohio, machinery maker? Kadisha said, ``At this point, that is not our plan.''