Ontario, Calif. — Custom injection molder Honor Plastics and Molding Inc. is producing a 16-piece law enforcement pat down training kit as the first job on a new $120,000 BS-series press from Guangzhou Borch Machinery Co. Ltd.
The 440-ton Borch machine reached the molder's Ontario plant March 3, Honor President and CEO Dennis Savalia said in an interview at the company.
The processor began using a 16-cavity mold March 8 to produce the kit's solid replicas of 30-percent-glass-filled polypropylene with the first 1,000 shots in yellow and the next 500 in orange.
Each shot produces a simulated razor blade, scissors, syringe, screwdriver, mini box cutter, open and closed pocket knives, flip phone, revolver, pistol, brass knuckles and five other items.
Trainees try to identify each shape while patting down individuals during security procedure training including that for the Transportation Security Administration agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Borch assembled the press in Guangzhou, China. Borch procured the gear pump, AC contactor, linear transducer and safety and position switches from Germany, the thermal overload relay from France, another relay from Italy, the computer controller from Austria and the servo driver and power supply from Taiwan.
The shot size, clamp opening and operating pressure make the press operate as an equivalent to a 500-ton machine, said Skip Humphrey of International Plastics Equipment in Canyon Lake, Calif., manufacturers' representative for Borch North America.
Savalia canceled an earlier press order with another manufacturer because of an issue with timing of the injection molding machine's delivery.
Honor Plastics employs 25 and also operates 13 TMC presses of 60-250 tons. Those machines were procured from 1998-2005.
"We will replace them" as part of a strategy to improve operations and increase volume, Savalia said.