Milacron Inc. has sold a Uniloy Milacron structural foam molding machine to Venezuelan pallet maker Industrias Uniplasticas CA.
Uniplasticas bought the machine at NPE 2006. Milacron said the wide-platen press, with 750 tons of clamping force, is scheduled for a February delivery.
The press will quadruple pallet output over older presses, Milacron said. The wide platen, which measures 167 inches wide by 86 inches tall, allows the machine to run two molds side by side. The machine has 137 inches between the tie bars. It features independent nozzle control and a hot-runner and manifold system.
The machine can run 2,400 pounds of plastic an hour, using a 200-pound shot capacity. Uniplasticas will cut cycle times to 2½ minutes, from six minutes on the older machines, thanks to improved mold technology.
“This machine should produce four times more than one of their existing machines,” said Ed Hunerberg, executive director of the Uniloy Milacron structural foam machinery business. “It's good for 250,000 pallets per year.”
Uniplasticas, based in Guatire, Venezuela, is a major producer of plastic pallets, boxes, baskets, construction forms and flooring for the poultry and agriculture industries. The company, which claims to be the largest supplier of industrial pallets in Venezuela and Colombia, also exports to Ecuador, Peru and Costa Rica.
Pallet sales have doubled each year for the past several years, according to Frank Adam Mendoza, commercial manager. They are sold under the Uniplast name.
Milacron's structural foam machine business is in Tecumseh, Mich.
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