LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Sodick Co. Ltd., a Japanese company that makes plunger injection molding machines, is re-starting its U.S. sales effort, a Sodick official said at WPE.
Sodick's injection presses, which range in clamping force from 18-260 tons, are designed for high-precision molding of connectors and similar products, said Taekkyo Lee, sales engineer.
Traditional injection presses use a reciprocating screw that melts the plastic and pushes it forward into the mold.
Plunger machines use a screw to feed a separate plunger that stuffs the plastic into the mold. Sodick calls this their V-Line system.
Sodick kicked off its new sales campaign at WPE. Lee said Sodick tried to sell its machines in the United States three years ago, but failed to back up the sales with support.
``Now we want to sell. We want to have the sales force, enough service people and a lot of support,'' Lee said.
Sodick sells three types of plunger machines: hydraulic-clamp presses, all-electric and hybrid machines that use electricity to move the clamp and hydraulic power to drive the screw and plunger.
Sodick's U.S. headquarters, Sodick Inc., is in Chicago.
Lee said the Chicago facility mainly sells metalworking machinery and X-ray inspection equipment. Plastics machinery sales are handled out of Torrance, Calif.
Yokohama-based Sodick builds its machines in Kaga, Japan.