A small injection molder in Bristol, Ind., bought a Haitian press off the show floor during Plastics Encounter at Antec 2007.
The press, an HTFW 130-160, has 147 tons of clamping force. It's a hydraulic, toggle-clamp machine, the size and type of machine Ar-Tee Enterprises Inc. needs, according to owner Bruce Miller.
Including the Haitian press, Ar-Tee Enterprises has nine injection molding machines. The company already has Nissei and Welltec presses of 25-200 tons.
Three of the Nissei presses are all-electric machines. ``We have a job coming in that needs core pulls, and I didn't want to modify the other presses,'' Miller said May 10 at the booth of Absolute Haitian Corp. of Worcester, Mass.
The machines are made in China by Ningbo Haitian Machinery Co. Ltd. The Cincinnati trade show marked the debut of the HTFW 130-160, a new series of presses that sport increased tie-bar spacing and a new Keba 4030 controller with a touch screen.
Absolute Haitian is supplying an entire package of equipment, including an AEC-brand gravimetric blender, grinder and robot. The press running in Cincinnati had a Tecnomagnete magnetic mold-clamping system.
Miller said the lower price of the China-made injection press allowed him to justify purchasing all the auxiliary equipment on the show machine. He declined to discuss the new business that will run on the Haitian press.
Ar-Tee Enterprises custom molds products for the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing and plumbing markets.
The company also molds some offbeat proprietary items, such as a fish scaler and, for golfers, a divot tool with an integrated cigarette holder than snaps onto the shaft of a club.
Ar-Tee makes its own molds.
Miller bought Ar-Tee Enterprises six years ago from the founders, Robb and Terri Longacre. Seven people work at the molding company.