CK Technologies LLC has purchased its second 4,400-ton Maxima injection press from Milacron Inc., to mold large truck parts at its plant in Montpelier, Ohio.
Milacron shipped the two-platen press to CK Technologies in September, and it will start production soon, said Jack Arb, marketing manager at the molder. The first 4,400-tonner was delivered this past spring.
Milacron announced the news at an open house Dec. 1-3 at its U.S. assembly plant in Batavia. Milacron also said it sold a king-size structural foam molding press to 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics in Holiday City, Ohio.
Milacron's U.S. large-press business has grown by about 20 percent in 2004, said Karlheinz Bourdon, vice president of plastics machinery technologies.
The 4,400-ton press - officially called the Maxima 3900 - is the largest of the two-platen Maximas Milacron has made to date. The Maxima, with some redesigned features, is Milacron's global two-platen machine platform.
CK Technologies needed both 4,400-ton presses to make bumper fascias and side fairings for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
``Injection molded parts are getting larger and larger, displacing parts which have traditionally been molded from SMC and other materials,'' said Bob Houston, CK manufacturing operations director.
Other parts made by the company include cowl-tray assemblies, engine-cover assemblies, grilles and fender extensions and flares.
CK Technologies was created in 2002 when Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Cascade Engineering Inc. and management from the Montpelier plant purchased the operation from Clarion Technologies Inc., also of Grand Rapids.
The big new Maxima was special-ordered by CK Technologies with an 854-ounce shot capacity, an option for maximum daylight and extended mold thickness. Electric screw drive reduces cycle time and cuts energy costs, by allowing overlap of screw and clamp movement.
The large daylight space and two-platen design can accommodate a large variety of tools and automation, CK Technologies said.
The press also has a Tecnomagnete magnetic mold-clamping system, which allows for much faster mold changes.
In addition to buying the two Maxima presses, CK Technologies had Milacron retrofit four German-made HPM Hemscheidt presses with new hydraulics and Milacron's Xtreem controller.
The Cincinnati-based machinery company also announced it sold a 1,500-ton Springfield structural foam press, with a 200-pound shot size, to 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics.
Milacron calls the machine the highest-tonnage structural foam press running at a custom molder. The Springfield started making parts in June.
The behemoth can mold 5,000 pounds of plastic an hour.
20/20 President Ron Ernsberger said the press can run multiple molds in two different materials or colors in one molding cycle. The machine can mold large parts with a deep draw. A custom molder needs that versatility, he said.
The press is 20/20's eighth Milacron structural foam molding machine.
Also this year, Ernsberger said, 20/20 bought a standard high-pressure injection molding machine from Milacron with 725 tons of clamping force.
Because of its wide-platen design, the press can accommodate larger molds that normally would require a 1,000-ton press, Ernsberger said.