“There are very few, if any, plastic molders in the country with this many large presses under one roof,” said Ray Burns, president, Mack Molding’s southern division, when he announced the company’s latest expansion in Inman, S.C.
Mack has invested $5 million to nearly double the size of its dedicated large part facility there, and has added two more mega-sized injection molding presses – 2,600 and 4,000-ton Cincinnati Milacron Maxima MG 2-Platen Series machines. Both are now installed and fully operational, with KUKA 7-axis robots on each. And that still leaves space and infrastructure for two additional presses to be added in the future.
Large-part molding at the Inman plant has grown significantly over the past four years. The initial 20,000-sq-ft large-part molding facility opened in 2001 with a 3,000-ton Engel press. A 2,500-ton Engel was added in 2002; a 3,300-ton Demag in 2004; a 3,350-ton Toshiba in 2007; and now the 2,600- and 4,000-tonners this month. Sun canopies for all-terrain vehicles, body panels for heavy truck cabs, plastic covers and bases for residential air-conditioning systems, and golf car body panels are just a few examples of the applications molded in these super-large machines.
In addition to the 38,000-sq-ft large-part molding facility, Mack’s southern division includes a 230,000-sq-ft facility in Inman that operates 18 presses, all between 1,000-4,000 tons. The Statesville, N.C., plant, a 125,000-sq-ft facility, houses 22 presses from 150-1,100 tons.
Contacts: Joe Carinci, Director of Operations
Ken Valko, Facilities Manager, Inman, S.C.
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