Two sister companies under Italy's Cannon Group — Sandretto Industrie SpA and Windsor Kunststofftechnologie GmbH — have teamed with TRW Engineered Fasteners & Components to create a three-component molding cell.
The molding cell includes a two-component injection press from Sandretto's Series Nine Multi line, and a Windsor PlugXPress multicomponent retrofit unit.
In a single manufacturing step, a TRW mold is producing air grilles for the automotive industry with several individual components, fixed together but movable to each other. There is no need for secondary assembly. Cycle time is 40 seconds.
The PlugXPress unit is placed horizontally, in an L-shape, to the Sandretto press, which has a clamping force of 242 tons. The mold indexes 120 degrees for each shot.
Cannon is headquartered in Trezzano, Italy.
The U.S. unit for injection presses and PlugXPress is Sandretto USA Inc., headquartered in Cranberry Township, near Mars, Pa.
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