ITASCA, ILL. — Nova Chemicals Corp. has purchased a Sacmi compression molding machine for its testing laboratory facility in Calgary, Alberta, to beef up support of the caps and closures market.
The 48-cavity press is a small commercial-scale machine, said Alan Schrob, Nova's group manager for rigid markets.
The Centre for Performance Applications in Calgary already has a Sumitomo Demag injection molding press running a four-cavity mold. Compression molding can turn out huge quantities of closures.
“We're going to use the commercial machine in a lab environment,” Schrob said at the Plastics & Closures Conference in Itasca, at the Nova exhibit.
“If we're going to support this market, it makes perfect sense for us” to run both technologies, Schrob said.