Milacron Inc. and Apex Plastic Technologies are rebuilding and remanufacuring outdated Bucher thermoset injection molding machines.
Bucher owners can upgrade their presses to the latest hydraulic and control technologies at about half the cost of a new machine, the companies said.
The service recently saved an undisclosed major automotive molder hundreds of thousands of dollars by rebuilding three 17-year-old Bucher TS machines. Each press was taken apart down to the frame.
All components were rebuilt or replaced. Remanufacturing included grinding platens, polishing rods and rebuilding clamp cylinders, stuffers and proportional injection units. Each machine also was plumbed with a new hydraulic system, with a variable-volume pump for energy valves.
Milacron is based in Cincinnati. Apex is in South Elgin, Ill.
Tel. Apex at (847) 931-9838, fax (847) 931-9772.