Kirko establishes training, demo center
KENOSHA, WIS. - Kirko Machinery Inc. has set up injection molding machinery at a technical college for a dual-purpose training center.
Kirko provided Sumitomo all-electric and hydromechanical injection presses and related machinery to help train students at Gateway Technical College and to demonstrate and test the presses for customers. Kirko of Hoffman Estates, Ill., also set up Star robots and a Rotogran granulator at Gateway's Kenosha campus.
The machinery is worth about $250,000, estimated Kirko, a company set up a year ago to represent Sumitomo and several other equipment manufacturers.
Husky gains rights to patents from Zygo
BOLTON, ONTARIO - Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. has bought exclusive rights to engineering drawings and patents from a now-closed, nearby maker of PET molds.
Toronto-based Zygo Mould Ltd. closed its doors last summer after an attempt by new owners to restructure the business.
Husky, a maker of PET preform molds and injection molding equipment, bought Zygo's drawings and patents to assist customers that had asked Husky to refurbish and convert molds that Zygo built, said Nadeem Amin, product manager of Bolton-based Husky's Index Systems.
Amin said buying the patents also helps Husky extend patent coverage to equipment bought by Zygo customers.
``We own the drawings and the intellectual property now,'' Amin said. ``This basically helps customers feel more comfortable and extends our service.''
A small number of Husky customers will be affected by the Zygo property purchase, Amin said.
Delcam plc opens tech center in China
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Delcam plc of Birmingham, which serves mold, tool and die industries, has opened a technical center in Guangzhou, China, to support customers for its computer-aided-design/manufacturing software.
``Manufacturing ... in southern China is growing very quickly, especially the increasing number of companies molding plastic and rubber products and the supporting toolmakers,'' said Tim Mitchell, Delcam's international sales director.
Many customers in Taiwan and Hong Kong are expanding into China, he said.
Microtek Laboratories enters plastics testing
ANHEIM, CALIF. - Microtek Laboratories of Anaheim, an independent test laboratory for the printed wiring board industry, has expanded into plastics testing.
Microtek has become a fully recognized agency for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. The company also meets ASTM testing requirements for plastics.
In addition to ASTM testing, it can do environmental simulation, thermal shock, mechanical testing, microsectional analysis, thermal stress and physical analysis.