Machines large and smallEquipment used behind molding plastics is the engine, the power behind the performance.  Indeed clamping pressure for these machines is measured in tons, yet their performance results in clear crisp edges, soft round turns and delicate details.  With molds weighing in the thousands of pounds it seems much like David and Goliath as man tames these machine/beasts.

Where the part cannot be made without the machine and indeed the part comes from the machine; there is no doubt the part is made through the ingenuity of man.  Knowing how a machine works is part science and part practical experience.  Each brand of machine behaves differently in large and small ways.  The bore of the injection chamber the screw turn rate, cycle times and size of platens are just the start to understanding these mammoth machines.

A wide array of molds add to the complexity.  Often a mold working on one machine will not immediately adapt to a similar machine without making adjustments.  Temperatures and turn rates for the feed may vary, holding times and cooling rates can change. 

Good equipment whether it is brand new or from a past decade can produce the same part at varying quality levels.  It is not the age of the machine, but the talent of the team managing the machine.  some brands of machines can perform better than others and some brands fail the test of time.  But those machines that are standards to the industry are the workhorses and power behind the end product.  They just need the right experts to make them perform.  We are experts in plastic resins, mold design and development, and masters of the machines. 

We support a number of machines in size and brand to help us adapt to the range in performance and the nuances often needed in varying products.  When customers bring molds to us that were supported by another company, we have the experience to rapidily bring the mold into the production process and adapt it to our machines.  We have the variety of machines, the technical know how and the practical experience to make it happen. 

Our presses are currently limited to 400 tons, not because we can’t go bigger, we can, but we are focused on a select market to ensure we provide the highest quality.  Our machine shop is an eclectic mix of old and new equipment.  Some of the new equipment just won’t allow manual intervention.  Undercutting is often eliminated from design and development of molds because companies either never had the skill or lost it to highly automated and simplified molding tools.  We make the parts you need.  We don’t try to make your part fit the limits of an automated molding machine.  If it can be done we, we  can do it.  We use computerized cutters and we still have the talented machinists on staff to make what the computerized cutters can’t. 

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