Most of the components are sourced in the United States. One exception is the heavy metal. "We are a foundry and we produce the castings and tiebars in Japan," said Bernardi. "We source as much as we can in the United States." UBE has been building machines in Michigan since 1995. The company focuses on producing machines for large part production in automotive, appliance, trash receptacle and other markets. Typical parts molded on UBE machines are door panels, fascia, and automotive lenses—polycarbonate for the front and acrylic for the rear in the U.S. market.
The UU2e has a servo ballscrew clamp, servo pump hydraulic system, and a compact footprint, Bernardi said. The machine will use linear bearings.
One reason the machine will be built in Michigan is regional preference. "The Japanese market is entirely electric," said Bernadari. They don't use hydraulics, which are still preferred by many U.S. automotive molders. The servo drives in the UU2e provide some of the precision and efficiencies of electrical systems. The machine will be built in three sizes: 1100, 1550 and 2200 tons of clamping force. The larger sizes will be introduced in the fourth quarter. The tonnage range for other types of UBE machines made in the U.S. are 720 to 3900.
Bernardi told Plastics Today at NPE2012 that the machine uses a P.I.D.-based servo control and has less integral deviation to reduce spikes and power consumption.
UBE Machinery, which is registered as a company in Delaware, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the UBE Industries family of companies.