Custom Engineered Wheels Inc. is boosting production capacity at its headquarters plant with the addition of a 720-ton Nissei injection molding press, along with a Fanuc three-axis handling robot.
The additions are part of a manufacturing cell the company put together for an existing customer, according to Duane Moore, executive vice president. They also mark the second production boost for the company, which added a blow molding line earlier in the year.
Plant manager Jeremy Howard pointed out that the new Nissei machine helps cut costs, noting that it offers a 25 percent power savings as well as the reduced maintenance cost that a new machine provides.
Custom Engineered Wheels has 30 injection molding machines, with clamping forces of 400-1,200 tons. In addition to Warsaw, it operates facilities in Tupelo, Miss.; and Reynosa, Mexico.
CEW designs and manufactures custom wheels for the lawn and garden markets. The wheels range in size from 4-28 inches.
The company also makes wheelchair wheels and casters for the medical market.