The Shadow knows ... how to Disco!
Milacron Inc. has introduced a new Shadow press for molding two parts at the same time and said it is donating two Disco all-electric presses to GE Plastics.
Milacron is sending two 50-ton Disco machines, to make digital versatile discs, to GE Plastics' Optical Media Development Center housed in Pittsfield, Mass., at GE's Polymer Processing Development Center. Both presses will be integrated in a production DVD line, along with replication equipment from Steag/First Light and molds from ICT Axxicon. The line should begin production by midyear.
The Shadow uses a cylinder to generate closing force on two clamps and molds, arranged in tandem. Two parallel injection units drive the plastic into the molds. The machine's extra-long clamp stroke allows it to be used as a standard single-material injection press.
The Shadow design can be incorporated in Milacron's large, hydraulic Vista machines or its Maxima two-platen machines.
Milacron's Plastics Technologies Group is in Batavia, Ohio.
Milacron also announced it received a patent on its two-stage injection unit for all-electric injection presses. The technology uses a separate shooting chamber that pumps resin into a plunger injection unit.
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