Old Saybrook, Conn.-based Infiltrator Systems Inc. is installing two huge injection molding presses from Engel North America among the largest Engel has on the continent.
One machine is installed, and the other is set to begin operating in the next two weeks at Infiltrator's Winchester, Ky., plant. Infiltrator is the market leader in the manufacturing of plastic wastewater-management systems for septic leach fields and storm water, according to the firm.
Company officials declined to disclose the cost of the machines, which have clamping forces of 4,400 tons and can shoot 80-pound parts, said Infiltrator marketing manager Jim Bransfield in a July 21 telephone interview.
Infiltrator now will be able to do more with less.
``This installation is allowing us to replace the production output of three older large presses, and operate more efficiently with the use of two new Engel robotic systems,'' Bransfield said in a news release.
``We have the capability to produce chambers for over one-third of the septic systems installed in the [United States] annually with these new duo machines.''
The design of Infiltrator's leach-field chambers requires long flow lengths, and the high clamp tonnage of the Engel machines allows that, Bransfield said.
Infiltrator also has a plant in Ogden, Utah.
Engel is based in York, Pa. The machines were built and transported from the company's plant in St. Valentin, Austria.