Electroform Co. Inc. (Rockford, IL), a manufacturer of multicavity high-end injection molds for the consumer, medical, and packaging markets, has installed an Engel e-max 110-ton all-electric press in its R&D facility. Electroform specializes in building molding/manufacturing cells, and recently completed a Class 100,000 cleanroom cell for a major medical manufacturer. “We built the tooling and the automation, and designed and integrated the entire cell. We’ve seen a considerable cycle time savings by going from hydraulic to electric presses,” says Wade Clark, president. “Most of the molding cells we’re developing are all servo-driven and electric-driven to optimize manufacturing.”
Engel will also use the e-max at Electroform’s facility as a demonstration and technical center to show the machine in operation. Engel introduced the e-max in North America almost a year ago, and the company has seen good demand for this machine, as noted by the company’s North American CEO, Stephan Braig (click here for recent PlasticsToday coverage).
“We’re continuing to develop new mold technologies with respect to in-mold assembly and in-mold decorating, and this new all-electric Engel press gives us the ability to showcase these technologies by optimizing the cycle times,” says Clark. “The e-max can run extremely fast and has the latest technology, making a good fit with the type of molds we build.” —[email protected]