New press to increase production capacity, speed customer service significantly
Akron, Ohio – December 19, 2017 – Buyers of oversized injection molded plastic parts will have another potential supplier in 2018. The site preparation and floor reinforcement process for a new 2,250-ton Negri Bossi BI-POWER injection molding press has already begun at the Ferriot, Incorporated production facility on Arlington Circle in Akron, Ohio. The press, which will be installed after the New Year, will be the largest in Ferriot’s core business “fleet.”
Company President Craig Ferriot noted, “We invested in the 2,250-ton press to increase our production capacity, operate more efficiently, and accelerate our delivery times for finished products. This new press will also serve as a back-up to our next-largest press, so our customers for larger plastic parts can be confident we’ll always have the capacity to turn around their orders quickly.”
He continued, “Assembling the press and all its peripheral devices—robots, dryers, conveyors and magnetic platens—will involve plenty of steps. To document this process and allow our employees and interested customers to follow along, we’ll be installing a camera that will take periodic time-lapse photographs of the assembly process.”
The Negri Bossi BI-POWER VH2000-22500 press features an integrated Columbia industrial PC and a variable delivery pump hydraulic system designed to deliver precise process control and high power efficiency. A wireless Amico™ system will enable remote monitoring of the press around the clock, which will allow the press’s manufacturer to perform remote diagnostics, troubleshooting, and intervention in real time via the Internet, ensuring greater uptime performance. Ferriot’s press will be paired with a new KUKA multi-function robot and IQMS enterprise systems to provide numerous automation capabilities.
The installation of the press is part of Ferriot’s long-term plant reconfiguration effort designed to use floor space more efficiently, boost labor productivity, simplify movement and the flow of work through the facility, and ease supervision.
About Ferriot Inc. Based in Akron, Ohio, Ferriot is a full-service contract manufacturer and molder of engineered resins that provides specialized engineering assistance, complex thermoplastic material development, injection molding, painting and decorating, contract manufacturing, and commitment to total quality management. Ferriot provides these services throughout the United States to customers in the following markets/applications: Business Machines, Building Products, Industrial, Medical Devices, Electronics, Bio-Tech, Energy Management, Oil and Gas, Water Management and Tier 2 Automotive. To learn more, visit www.ferriot.com.
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