AKRON, OHIO — Ohio's small and medium-size molded-plastics firms are getting help from Akron-based Edison Polymer Innovation Corp. and Cincinnati-based Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Sciences.
EPIC and IAMS are working together to provide molders and toolmakers with access to fast mold-making and rapid prototyping technologies.
IAMS Vice President Harry Stone said IAMS and EPIC are ``focusing on providing small shops with affordable access to technologies that are essential to long-term survival in today's global marketplace.''
A spokeswoman from IAMS said the initiative will help smaller firms with consulting, trouble-shooting and problem solving for little or no charge.
The partnership also has joined to buy an all-electric injection molding machine. IAMS and EPIC held an event to acquaint Ohio plastics firms' owners and managers with their services and to demonstrate the new technology of the Milacron Elektra 110 and Makino V55 Vertical Machining Center.
IAMS is an organization of manufacturing and technology companies that provides assistance to both member and nonmember companies in the areas of industrial engineering, training and machining.
EPIC is a consortium of firms dedicated to advancing the polymer industry and taking innovative technology to market.