CHICAGO (July 14, 3:55 p.m. EDT) — Milacron Inc. has created a new unit targeting metal injection molding. The company also announced it has built the world´s largest machine for coinjection molding — a 6,600-ton Maxima press.
Bill Reinhart, a 27-year Milacron veteran, is heading the new metal and ceramic injection molding machinery business unit. At NPE in Chicago, Milacron demonstrated MIM on its new line of budget-priced small presses, the Vista Edge line. The press turned out stainless-steel turbine impellers, using a hot-runner setup.
Milacron has developed a special MIM package for small-tonnage machines, which includes special wear-resistant barrels, screws, screw tips and nozzles.
The coinjection news goes to the other extreme — a giant two-platen Maxima machine. The company recently finished building a 6,600-ton Ferromatik-Milacron press with coinjection for an undisclosed molder in the Midwest. The press features two injection units with shot capacities of 368 ounces and 413 ounces, feeding a single nozzle through Milacron´s patented coinjection manifold.
The machinery maker announced the MIM unit and the coinjection news on June 19, the first day of NPE 2000.