Medical parts molder Wisconsin Tool & Mold Co. Inc. bought a two-platen Battenfeld HM injection press with 605 tons of clamping force - a smaller size of the HM line displayed at a Sept. 14-15 open house at Battenfeld of America Inc.'s new headquarters in South Elgin.
Wisconsin Tool President Hans Lang said his firm plans to buy a larger, 1,540-ton HM press from Battenfeld by the middle of next year. Extra business is prompting the investments, said Lang in a telephone interview.
Based in Friendship, Wis., the molder already has two HMs with clamping forces of 880 tons and 990 tons. The new 605-tonner will be its 15th Battenfeld machine, Lang said.
During the open house, the HM ran Wisconsin Tool's housing for a polycarbonate/ABS medical monitor. Battenfeld displayed the press with a Kuka six-axis articulating robot, although Wisconsin Tool will remove the housings using a standard beam robot.
The open house marked the first U.S. showing of the 605-ton HM 550 - the 550 refers to metric tons. Advantages of the two-platen press include a smaller footprint than a three-platen model and tie bars that pull back when the mold opens for easy part removal.