Dukane tech center launches in Michigan
ST. CHARLES, ILL. Dukane Corp. has opened an automotive technical center in Wixom, Mich., doubling the size of its applications area and expanding local technical support for Dukane's vibration, ultrasonic, spin-welding and heat-staking machinery.
Dukane's center provides assembly experience, weld joint design, prototype tooling, prototype part runs, pre-production part runs, and final check-out and run-off of production tools.
Laboratory welders now are networked directly to Dukane's global applications lab and its computer-aided-design system at its headquarters in St. Charles.
A technical training room can host local seminars.
Schenck AccuRate opens 2nd Wis. site
WHITEWATER, WIS. Schenck AccuRate, which makes feeders and bulk-bag discharging systems for plastics and other industries, has opened a second manufacturing operation in Whitewater.
Production was to begin in late July at the 9,000-square-foot factory, about half a mile away from Schenck AccuRate's main plant, also in Whitewater. That original plant measures 61,500 square feet, with manufacturing space accounting for 38,200 square feet of the total.
Schenck AccuRate has moved production of its larger equipment into the new building, which has overhead cranes and other special equipment: large weight-controlled belt feeders for the cement and aggregate industries, and feeding systems for the production of alternate fuels such as ethanol.
Moving production of those heavy-industry equipment lines to the new building has freed up space for Schenck AccuRate's light-industry machinery, including its plastics equipment, according to a company spokeswoman.
Schenck AccuRate's brands include Mechatron volumetric and gravimetric screw feeders, PureFeed feeders, DEA and DMO weigh feeders and the SacMaster bag discharging system.
Earlier this year, London-based private equity firm Industri Kapital Ltd. (now known as IK Investment Partners), bought Schenck's parent, Schenck Process GmbH of Darmstadt, Germany.
Yaskawa unit among top 5 firms for quality
WAUKEGAN, ILL. Quality Magazine said Yaskawa Electric America Inc. of Waukegan ranks as one of the top five companies in the publication's anual Quality Leadership 100 survey.
About 800 hundred companies participated in the survey. Quality Magazine rated them on criteria including scrap and rework measured as a percentage of sales, warranty costs as a percentage of sales, rejected parts per million shipped and contribution of quality to profitability and shareholder value.
Craig Espevik, vice president of operations, said the company's Japanese roots make quality improvement a priority.
``We've worked hard to uphold the lowest adjustable-frequency-drive failure rate in the industry,'' he said.
The firm's Tokyo-based parent, Yaskawa Electric Corp., makes adjustable frequency drives, electric servomotors, motion controllers and robotics and is also the parent of robot maker Motoman Inc.
In other news, Yaskawa Electric America now is the primary vendor of motion products to machinery maker Thermoforming Systems LLC in Union Gap, Wash.
In Japan, Husky plans 2nd technical center
BOLTON, ONTARIO Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. will open a second technical center in Japan this fall, a facility in Minami Machida that includes hot-runner assembly.
The new center will serve as Husky's Japanese headquarters.
Minami Machida is just a mile from Husky's technical center in Yokohama, which opened in 1996. The Bolton-based injection press and hot-runner maker opened its first mold-making operation in Japan in 1971.
Husky is leasing the building in Minami Machida, a spokeswoman said. It is double the size of the Yokohama center.
The Minami Machida operation will handle PET sales and mold refurbishing, hot-runner assembly, maintenance and sales, machine and technology demonstrations and customer training.
``It will give us the opportunity to offer increased support capabilities to the growing Japanese market, especially beverage packaging customers,'' said Husky Asia-Pacific President Gerardo Chiaia.
American Kuhne Inc. moves into new HQ
ASHAWAY, R.I. Extruder maker American Kuhne Inc. has relocated to its new 26,000-square-foot factory in Ashaway, near the Connecticut border.
The company moved from its old headquarters in Norwich, Conn. The new location cuts the average commuting time by two-thirds for the majority of the company's employees, officials said. Travel time from the Providence, R.I., airport has been cut in half, to less than a half-hour.
``We are very excited about the operating improvements that this new facility will bring,'' President Bill Kramer said in a news release.
Ed Steward, co-founder and director of process technology, said the new building has a larger laboratory that provides an expanded range of machines.
DPG presses to use Sumitomo's motors
SCHWAIG, GERMANY Demag Plastics Group, which was purchased by Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. in March, will use motors built by Sumitomo for DPG's IntElect all-electric injection molding machines.
DPG and Sumitomo announced the news July 8. Sumitomo of Chiba City, Japan, and DPG, based in Schwaig, said the complete integration of both companies should be finished by the end of the year. In Europe, the joint Sumitomo-Demag operations will be controlled from Schwaig.
The joint company will have a booth at the Fakuma 2008 trade show, scheduled for Oct. 14-18 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Japanese injection press makers have a strong position in all-electric machines. Sumitomo claims to be one of just two injection press manufacturers in the world that design and build their own electric motors.
All-electric presses also are a strength for Sumitomo-DPG, said DPG's chief executive officer, Tetsuya Okamura.
``We will offer a complete program of electric machines to the market designed as a modular system and available either with air-cooled or with water-cooled motors.''
Okamura said Sumitomo ``thoroughly tested'' DPG's IntElect. The Japanese press builder found that the IntElect performs better and uses less energy than presses made by European competitors, according to Okamura.
The announcement also said that DPG's Systec and El-Exis machines will remain important products Systec for the automotive market and other applications, and the fast-cycling El-Exis for closures and thin-wall packaging.
In personnel news, Markus Schiefer will replace Uwe Rohfleisch as chief financial officer of DPG, beginning in August. Schiefer, 44, has worked at DPG since 2003 as head of controlling and organization.