Friday, June 23, 2000

Industry notes: Manufacturing

Milacron introduces molding unit

By Mike Boyer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Milacron Inc. introduced a new metal and ceramic injection molding machinery business unit at the recent National Plastics Exposition in Chicago.

        Headed by Bill Reinhart, a veteran of Milacron's plastic injection molding business, the new unit, part of Ferromatik Milacron North America, aims to tap the growing metal injection molding (MIM) market.

        Milacron said MIM is a good solution for parts requiring the design intricacies of molded plastic and the strength and durability of steel. MIM parts are typically stainless steels and nickel-based alloys with a density to 99 percent and fully weldable. Milacron said the process is an attractive alternative for a variety of automotive, medical and orthodontics, firearms, hardware and computer parts.

        Milacron demonstrated the process at the show with its new Vista Edge budget-priced molding machines to produce stainless steel turbine impellers. The part had a diagonal cross-section of 1 inch and multiple blades just .015 inches thick.

        It would take five hours to machine just one of these parts, but it took the Vista Edge machine just 90 seconds to mold parts that only needed sintering, Milacron said.

        “We want designers to know that with MIM they can design a complex hard-metal part having tight tolerances, without raising the ire of their manufacturing department,” Mr. Reinhart said.

French company opens U.S. flavor center
        Private French flavor and fragrance maker Mane last month formally opened its new U.S. flavor headquarters in the Park50 TechneCenter outside Milford.

        The 75,000-square-foot headquarters and research center employs about 50 developing flavors for the dairy, beverage, confection, bakery, meat, food service and snack markets.

        Mane, pronounced “Man,” was host to about 100 customers for the grand opening which included Jean Mane, group president, and Michel Mane, president of Mane, Americas. Mane moved its U.S. flavor headquarters to Milford from New Jersey about 11/2 years ago after acquiring Seafla, a small dry-seasonings manufacturer in Miami Township.

Lockheed fighter plant adds Siemens controls
        Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' Fort Worth, Texas, F-16 fighter manufacturing plant is adding nine computer controls produced by Siemens Energy & Automation Inc.'s South Lebanon plant.

        By the end of this year the Fort Worth facility will have retrofitted 19 machines with Siemens' Acramatic 2100 PC-based computer controls.

        Siemens acquired the South Lebanon business, which employs 450, last year from Eaton Corp.

GE's "rapid response' opens in Arizona
        GE On Wing Support, the “rapid response” engine maintenance unit of General Electric, has opened a new facility near Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport.

        GE is in the process of opening a network of 20 GE On Wing Support centers around the globe. It operates one center near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Researchers offer auto supply advice
        A new, free resource is available for automotive parts suppliers interested in tapping the expertise of federal research labs in the Midwest.

        “101 Ways to Leverage Your Automotive R&D” is available as a 44-page booklet or via the Internet from the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Sciences in Bond Hill. Several federal labs contributed to the publication designed to alert auto suppliers to their capabilities. For information contact Sue Leitner at IAMS: (513) 948-4032, or go to


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