MARION, OHIO — HPM is back in big injection molding machines.
HPM North America Corp. is introducing two-platen injection presses, dubbed the HS-II. The company will run parts on one of the new two-platen HPMs, with 1,100 tons of clamping force, at NPE 2015.
Also at NPE, HPM will roll out an all-electric machine, showing a 260-ton press in Orlando, Fla..
HPM presses are manufactured in China by its parent company, Guangdong Yizumi Precision Machinery Co. Ltd. Yizumi bought the intellectual property of HPM in 2011 at an auction held at the closed-down machinery plant in Mount Gilead, Ohio. HPM North America is in nearby Marion, Ohio.
The first series of presses from the new HPM, the HST line, tops out at 650 tons. The HS-II will go up to 3,500 tons. HPM North America technicians are completing the 1,100-ton machine for NPE at their operation in Marion.
“Historically, HPM always competed pretty well in large-tonnage machines. So we see the HS-II product line as very important,” said John Beary, general manager of sales and marketing at HPM North America.
So far, HPM North America has sold six injection molding presses. Customers include Pleasant Precision Inc. in Kenton, Ohio, and Injection Technologies Inc. in Windsor, Ontario.
Yizumi builds the presses according to HPM specifications. “They meet all North American standards,” President William Flickinger said. “We have North American control systems on the machines. And we also do all the programming of the control system for these machines.”
The HPM machines have Eurotherm controllers. To beef up its controls expertise, HPM bought a Eurotherm distributor, DL Hubbell Controls, in November — bringing Dave Hubbell back to HPM, where he runs HPM's controls retrofit group.
Flickinger said HPM works with Yizumi, which makes injection presses for the China market, to target the HPM market.
“We are revising the wiring to better meet North American standards. And we're actually rewiring the machines here prior to them going out,” he said. “The second thing we are doing is, Dave Hubbell is rewriting the controls and the control screens on the machine, to make them more suitable to the North American market, more user-friendly.”
That control system will be displayed at NPE 2015.
HPM North America now employs 21 people in Marion, at two office buildings totaling 10,000 square feet and a 35,000-square-foot plant. The plant, with a high-bay, is located in the Marion Industrial Center, a renovated former U.S. Army complex with more than 2 million total square feet of space. The sprawling facility is a center for intermodal shipping.