Multi-Component Presses Drawing Automotive Industry Interest

That’s according to Milacron Holdings Corp., which reports that its Maxima and Maxima G series lines are proving increasingly popular.

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Milacron Holdings Corp. (Cincinnati, OH) says its Maxima and Maxima G Series large tonnage, servo, multi-component line up of machines is becoming a popular choice for automotive industry molders tasked with producing multicolor automotive lenses or large automotive parts.

The company reports that its automotive team recently completed the sale of a multi machine order, including Maxima Series 3 and 4 Component machines for complex automotive components. Like others, this order involved customized machines, close collaboration with the customer, and reliance on Milacron’s market understanding and global engineering resources. The company says it has long been strong in the automotive industry, and this sale represents another in-road in its Maxima series and continued innovation for the industry.

“The excitement and response we’ve seen from our key customers in the automotive market in connection with our lineup of the Maxima Series machines has been impressive,” said Ron Krisanda, Chief Operating Officer – Advanced Plastic Processing Technologies. “Key customers are buying fleets of machines for their production lines and looking to Milacron to develop and integrate these systems.”

With a significant number of Maxima Series sales in the first half of 2015, and Milacron Service teams readily available across the country, customers are also utilizing Milacron’s service technicians to handle onsite installations of electricity, water, air, and Milacron chillers, conveyer systems and robots, the company reports.

In keeping with the company’s “One Milacron” mantra for this unique opportunity, the Maxima Series clamps are manufactured in Milacron’s Afton, Ohio plant, along with the complete system assembly. The parallel injection units on the Maxima multi-component systems are designed, engineered and manufactured in the Malterdingen, Germany plant. To further complement the machines, Mold-Masters iM2 integrated hot runner temperature controllers are often installed. The company says the Ohio facility’s location in the heart of the U.S. auto industry facilitates faster lead times and deliveries.

The company’s injection units are available in standard configurations or fully customizable to allow customers the flexibility to have the injection unit designed to allow for multi-color and multi-component molding applications, such as 3-4 component automotive lens molding or other complex applications. Milacron worked with the customer to custom design the machine, the work cell - including supplying and integrating all of the auxiliary equipment, and assisting in the layout of the facility. It also provides aftermarket service for the life of the system.

Designed to provide energy savings over similar machines, the Maxima series is said to combine the advantage of a precise and accurate 2-platen, center tonnage mechanism with advanced user-friendly controls. The Maxima is available in tonnages from 310 - 950, and the Maxima G Series with tonnages from 1,100 to 6,600.