Husky, Gammaflux go separate ways
STERLING, VA. - Now that Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. is bringing hot-runner temperature controller production in-house, the firm is ending its long-term supply arrangement with Gammaflux LP of Sterling.
Gammaflux will continue to sell controllers under its own name and the company can service any Husky accounts that use Gammaflux controllers, according to Gammaflux President David Huntting.
Husky has sold thousands of Gammaflux hot-runner temperature controllers in the past 20 years, Huntting said in a recent news release.
``These controllers were `private-labeled' by Husky, so although they had the Husky name on them, they were manufactured and in many cases serviced by Gammaflux,'' he said.
In June, Bolton, Ontario-based Husky paid $7 million for Moldflow Corp.'s Manufacturing Solutions Division, which includes the former MSI brand of hot-runner temperature controllers.
Custom Downstream adds factory space
LACHINE, QUEBEC - Custom Downstream Systems Inc., which makes extrusion equipment in the Montreal area, is finishing up work to expand its factory by 30,000 square feet.
Prior to the addition, the CDS plant in Lachine measured 42,000 square feet, according to marketing manager Alan Benlolo.
The expansion frees up enough space for a dedicated laboratory line, he said. CDS also is adding some new metalworking equipment for machining and welding.
CDS makes downstream equipment such as cooling tanks, calibration tables, pullers, saws, winders and embossing stands, and brushing/scouring stands. Customers are extruders of window profiles, composite decking, fence, automotive parts, medical tubing and other products.
Cyclonaire finishes another expansion
YORK, NEB. - Cyclonaire Corp., which makes pneumatic conveying systems for bulk materials, has built a 14,000-square-foot addition to its plant in York.
The expansion will boost production and assembly space, and house a paint facility. It also will allow Cyclonaire to handle larger conveying equipment.
Earlier this year, the York-based company completed a 5,000-square-foot storage building for its research and development laboratory.
After both expansions, Cyclonaire has a total of 57,000 square feet of space in York.
Weima firm handles waste-to-energy fuel
GROSS NAUNDORF, GERMANY - Weima Maschinenbau GmbH, which manufactures heavy-duty shredders for the plastics, wood and recycling industries, has set up an independent company, Weima Energy GmbH, to serve the growing sector of waste-to-energy fuels.
The new company's plant will be in Gross Naundorf. Harald Hoffmann, former sales manager for the parent company, will head up the new firm.
Weima Maschinenbau is based in Ilsfeld, Germany. Its U.S. unit, Weima America Inc., is in Fort Mill, S.C.
FKI Logistex opens center in Cincinnati
ST. LOUIS - FKI Logistex North America has opened a new, 31,000-square-foot technology and education center in Cincinnati.
Customers can see and do test runs on FKI's automated sorting, conveying and order-fulfillment equipment. The facility also is available for training.
The center offers a mini-load automated storage and retrieval crane; a high-speed wedge merge feeding a UniSort XV sliding-shoe sorting system; a motorized roller conveyor; tilt-tray and cross-belt sorting systems; and warehouse control systems.
FKI Logistex is based in St. Louis.
Bosch Rexroth moves branch offices, IHD
HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. - Bosch Rexroth Corp., which manufactures drives and motors, is consolidating several branch offices and the recently acquired Intelligent Hydraulic Drives unit under one roof, at a new location in Rochester Hills, Mich.
The 57,000-square-foot plant will house Rexroth's electric drives and controls, hydraulics, pneumatics and linear motion and assembly technologies, plus the IHD, which develops hydraulic hybrid components for the automotive market.
Bosch Rexroth bought IHD from Dana Corp. last year.
The new building is in Rochester Hills' SmartZone, one of 11 areas in Michigan that groups together clusters of companies active in advanced manufacturing and high-technology industries.
Bosch Rexroth is headquartered in Hoffman Estates.
Demand spurs Erema to invest in facilities
ANSFELDEN, AUSTRIA - Recycling equipment maker Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH has invested $9 million to expand its headquarters factory in Ansfelden.
Erema built a 22,000-square-foot expansion, including a high-bay warehouse in its plant, which now measures 78,580 square feet. The company also doubled office space, to 53,800 square feet.
``Worldwide, there is a growing demand for technology that lets plastics processors profitably reclaim waste,'' said Tim Hanrahan, chief executive officer of Erema North America Inc. in Ipswich, Mass.
With sales approaching 100 million euros ($135 million), Erema claims to be the largest supplier of plastic recycling systems, with more than 2,500 lines in operation around the world.
The company sold 16 Vacurema lines in 2007. The largest segments for Vacurema are PET bottle-to-bottle recycling systems and in-line sheet recycling lines, each accounting for about one-third of the 80-plus Vacuremas in operation.
During an open house earlier this year, Erema unveiled the first Vacurema PET recycling/extrusion system, called the Prime 2021T-VS, a high-output machine. Erema has sold one of the machines to Amcor PET packaging, for bottle-to-bottle recycling. The company will deliver a second machine by the end of the year to an undisclosed U.S. customer, Hanrahan said.
Vacurema Prime uses a second crystallization dryer. The PET flake first runs through a vacuum pre-dryer, then is fed to the second dryer. Hanrahan said using two dryers guarantees all the material spends the correct time being dried. The dry PET goes into a vacuum reactor, then is extruded into clean pellets.
Future Design Inc., a blown film equipment supplier in Mississauga, Ontario, will manufacture the next generation of Saturn cooling rings for Syncro srl of Milan, Italy. ... Blow molding machinery maker Automa SpA of Bologna, Italy, named Scherer Plastics Systems LLC of Lansing, Mich., a sales agent and Falcone Technical Services Ltd. of Toronto a service representative.