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Clare Goldsberry

March 29, 2016

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Custom molder 4Front Manufacturing expansion doubles available space

Custom injection molder 4front Manufacturing has moved into a new facility that doubles the size of the space it formerly occupied. The 22,000-square-foot, climate controlled facility is located in Phoenix, AZ, and gives the company room to add equipment for its molding and mold manufacturing operations. 4front is certified to ISO 9001:2008 and is a registered minority business enterprise.

PlasticsToday toured the new facility last week, right after 4front finished the move. Founded in 2008 by Joe Baiz, the company now has six injection molding presses, two of which are brand new electric Wittman Battenfeld machines—an EcoPower 55-ton press and an EcoPower 160-ton machine that is a fully integrated cell with the TCU, dryer and robot all controlled through the press's B6 controller. 4front also has a 300-ton Battenfeld and three 90-, 180- and 210-ton Mitsubishi machines. Additionally, the company has made new investments in auxiliary equipment that includes a Wittmann Battenfeld high-pressure water thermolater for mold temperatures that exceed 200° F and a gravitational mixer that can blend up to four additives at an accuracy of 0.01%.

Last year 4front purchased a Branson 2000XD sonic welder. Available secondary operations include pad printing, ultrasonic welding and light assembly. The company has expertise in various engineering thermoplastic materials including glass-filled nylons, PEEK, PVDF, PTFE and reinforced materials.

4front has full moldmaking capabilities and has procured a brand new GF AgieCharmilles Form 30 EDM machine with an automatic tool changer for its mold fabrication department. The company also has three CNC machines, including Mikron, Daewoo and Fadel systems, as well as an assortment of manual mills, lathes and grinders.

Owner Joe Baiz has spent a majority of his plastics career in automotive manufacturing in Michigan. After moving to Phoenix, he purchased the assets of a moldmaker and began putting his industry expertise to work by forming his own company. “We’re pleased that we now have room to expand, add new equipment and better serve our customers in the automotive, medical, industrial, consumer, aerospace and defense industries,” Baiz said. "Our goal is to be a world-class, full-service injection molding company, with a local focus and a global reach."

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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