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March 2, 2004

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A Spanish multicomponent molder identified only as a well-known manufacturer of toilet seats has arranged to take delivery of a new Battenfeld HM 10.000/7.700 BM B4 sandwich system injection molding machine. It will be the eighth Battenfeld multicomponent injection molding system supplied to this company. Sandwich molding uses lower-priced materials on the interior of a part without compromising external appearance and structural performance requirements. The Battenfeld sandwich system has been optimized to the point of achieving a tolerance margin of +/-5g for shot weights of 4000g. Virgin ABS is used as the surface material, while recycled ABS and granulate, to which a chemical foaming agent is added, is injected to form the core.

Battenfeld, part of SMS Plastics Technology
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Toledo Molding & Die has used blowmolded and injection molded automotive ductwork to spur 15% to 20% growth in the last two years. In the process it has added 11 Milacron Tracker industrial blowmolding machines and 11 large Maxima Series presses. With a new 194,000-sq-ft facility opened in Tiffin, OH and another coming online in Q1 2004 in Elba, AL, the company has carved a niche for itself as a primary source for design and production of automotive HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and air-induction ductwork. With revenues of $170 to $190 million per year, Toledo Molding currently has five manufacturing plants in northwest Ohio, plus a tool and die shop in Toledo. The recently completed Tiffin, OH plant was built to hold approximately 50 injection and blowmolding machines and is about 60% full.

The new 92,000-sq-ft Alabama plant will serve automotive OEMs in the southeastern U.S., working initially with Visteon to supply Nissan plants in Canton, MS and Smyrna, TN. Toledo uses Milacron Tracker blowmolding machines exclusively, with dual heads of 5 to 15 lb. It uses a mix of injection machines, but prefers Milacron?s Maxima Series for machines over 550 tons.

Toldeo Molding & Die


The city of Rochester, NY is using a permanent in-mold bar code application to track ownership and repair records of residential trash bins. Cascade Engineering (Grand Rapids, MI) is molding the containers. One wouldn?t think of dumpsters as a high-profile target for petty criminals, but the ability to identify the containers is expected to minimize the annual costs incurred by Rochester due to theft, loss, and destruction of about 5000 of the containers.

Cascade Engineering

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