ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL. — Toshiba Machine Co. has introduced its two-color, two-material injection molding machine to the U.S. market.
``Toshiba is a major player in the plastics industry, and we want to bring our technology to the world,'' said Fred Ferris, sales manager of Toshiba's Plastic Machinery Division based in Elk Grove Village.
The company now sells the ISGN-2C machines, with clamping forces of 30-3,850 tons, to manufacturers in Japan, where it builds the machines at two plants.
The two-color, two-material technology has been used there for quite some time, said Ferris, sales manager of Toshiba's plastic machinery division.
In the United States, Toshiba will sell machines of 90-250 tons, Ferris said.
The presses can be used for overmolding with either two materials or two colors.
With the overmolding capability, according to Ferris, the machine can produce, for example, a brush handle with a rubber overlay.
Ferris said the machine comprises two independent injection units, each with its own hydraulic and power source for simultaneous, sequential or time-delayed injection.
Buyers can choose from several injection units for the ISGN-2C's secondary model, according to Toshiba.
The machines use numerical closed-loop control, offering 12 injection speeds and six pressure stages for precision in close-tolerance molding.