NPE 2003 will mark the new-technology coming out party for the HPM Division of Taylor's Industrial Services LLC. But HPM is giving a few details out in advance.
In injection molding, HPM ``is selling all product lines, across the board, in all sizes,'' said Christopher Filos, president and chief executive officer.
HPM has renamed its two-platen hydromechanical press the Freedom. The press is being designed and built in Mount Gilead. The Freedom is replacing the old Next Wave machines.
On the toggle-clamp side, HPM has introduced a very low-priced press with minimal options, called the GP line, which stands for general purpose. Available in clamping forces from 95-330 tons, the GP is a stripped-down version of HPM's Universal toggle press, which was introduced at the 1997 NPE show.
GP presses come with a Siemens controller. HPM began shipping the GPs in August.
Hong Kong-based Welltec Machinery Ltd. continues to supply the base machine for both the Universal and the GP. HPM is now handling parts and service for Welltec presses.
HPM also can offer vertical-clamp presses through its relationship with PH Group Inc. of Columbus, Ohio.
HPM plans to introduce an all-electric injection press next year, Filos said.
Extrusion systems and sheet lines continue to be an important part of HPM's business. The company offers three brands:
* The Prodex is a general-purpose, self-contained extruder with very few options.
* Prodex Plus is the name of customized versions of the Prodex extruder.
* The Universal is the new extrusion system designed to make sheet for packaging. HPM is marketing the Universal as a pre-engineered system with few options, at an attractive price, said Gerry Sposato, director of sales and marketing.
Sposato said extruders for packaging have held up well during the recession. ``Packaging makes up 80 percent of the sheet machinery sales right now,'' he said.
In die-casting, HPM developed a new ``low velocity process'' that can double the life of tooling. Also new is a two-platen die-casting machine.