Orlando, Fla. — When it comes to parts and machinery, 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics Ltd. never does anything small.
The Holiday City, Ohio-based custom molder specializes in low-pressure structural foam gas-assist injection molding. It is now reaching new heights with a 6,600-ton Milacron press at its Ohio plant. The machine features a 200-pound shot.
20/20 Custom Molded Plastics exhibited at NPE2018 in Orlando. According to President Ron Ernsberger, the press is among the largest in the industry and the largest produced by Milacron.
"They will build and assemble the machine right on our floor in Holiday City," he said.
The machine features a platen so large, it had to be cast in China because there isn't anyone domestically who can cast the platen. It will be shipped to the U.S. by boat.
Ernsberger also noted that the company is working with Ranger Automation Systems for a robot large enough to work with the machine.
And the shot size sets the bar for the industry.
"It really is one of the first machines of its size and output," he said. "We will be able to sell in areas nobody in the industry has been able to go."
The company is investing about $20 million in an expansion at its Holiday City facility, including the new machine.