Hot runner specialist Mold-Masters Ltd. has expanded into auxiliary injection units to provide molders with the ability to turn single-shot presses into multimaterial systems.
We're getting into a new value-added market, said President and CEO Jonathon Fischer, in an interview at NPE2009.
The injection units, available in hydraulic or electric versions, are part of a focus on purpose-built products for Mold-Masters (Booth N77020) that molders need to compete during the economic downturn, he said.
This economy will drive behavior and innovations, Fischer said. We've all seen some very good companies and frankly some very good countries going bankrupt. This is not the time for us to be retracting. We must be supplying our customers.
That is why Mold-Masters has continued to develop parts for the auto industry and build onto its service center in the Detroit suburb of Romeo, Mich., even as other players back away from the car business, Fischer said.
The auxiliary injection units show one way the company can help molders make more out of what they have, when they cannot afford major capital investments. Mold-Masters is demonstrating the technology at its booth with a 10-cavity work cell making multimaterial poker chips on an Engel e-max 110-ton injection molding machine.
All the equipment is linked into a single user interface to synchronize the operation of the machine, robot and auxiliary injection unit. The auxiliary units are available for screw sizes from 10-36 millimeters and can be moved to other presses.
At the same time, Mold-Masters is revamping its hot runners for PET preforms, updating its technology to catch up to improvements in that market producing thinner wall bottles in less time, said Bruce Catoen, vice president of marketing and product development.
With its new Sprint hot runners, Mold-Masters has created a system designed specifically for ultrafast molding of beverage closures, with cycle times of three to six seconds.
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