Processors were in a buying mood at one of the biggest machinery auctions of the year Sept. 25, as 200 registered buyers snatched up 41 injection presses and related auxiliary equipment from Advance Dial Co. in Elmhurst, Ill.
The sheer numbers were impressive: 36 robots, 20 granulators, 58 desiccant dryers, 39 mold temperature controllers, 30 hot-runner controllers, 17 pad printers, 11 heat-staking machines, printing machines and metalworking equipment.
``It was all good stuff, late model and in good condition. We're buying a lot of new stuff. We're not interested in older machines,'' said Joe McDaniel, president of Par 4 Plastics Inc.
The custom molder in Marion, Ky., bought four presses. Two will replace older ones; the others are for new automotive work.
The auctioned equipment became available earlier this year after Nypro Inc. bought an Advance Dial plant in Chihuahua, Mexico, and picked up some machinery from an Advance Dial site in Elmhurst.
Several buyers were lured by specialized presses that mold in two colors or two components. U.S. Farathane Corp. bought a 200-ton Engel press with a rotating mold. The company in Sterling Heights, Mich., already runs 20 two-component Engels and bought the machine for new business, according to Kevin Verhelle, chief financial officer.
``There were a lot of people there, and it was pretty aggressive,'' Verhelle said.
Rolco Inc. of Kasota, Minn., picked up two 200-ton, multicolor machines, an Engel and a Nissei. Both are just a few years old.
``Basically we looked at buying those machines to support our current workload, and for future work that we feel real optimistic about,'' said Ron Church, plant manager.
Indianapolis-based Specialty Manufacturers Inc. bought a 200-ton two-shot press for its Apollo Plastics Division in Chicago, said a company spokesman.
All 680 pieces of equipment sold, many of them at good prices, said Robert Risbridger, president of Plastic Asset Solutions, the Wallingford, Conn., firm that conducted the auction.