Modern equipment and technology enables Artisan Industries to take on the most challenging of molding projects. All our primary manufacturing equipment was built in the USA by Batavia, Ohio based Cincinnati Milacron. In business for over 125 years, Cincinnati Milacron has a world renowned reputation for building some of the highest quality injection molding equipment available to the industry.
Currently, Artisan Industries operates injection molding machines ranging in size from 40 to 300 tons, which allows for broad molding capabilities. Our processing equipment operates on closed loop Statistical Process Control (SPC) capable controls, that can independently monitor each step of the manufacturing process on a “shot to shot” basis. The software on our machines can monitor individual processing variables such as temperature, time, injection pressure, and velocity, throughout the entire production run. If needed, these values can be graphed and or printed to provide an analytical record of the entire production process. These features help to ensure consistency, quality, and repeatability in the finished product.
In addition to our horizontal presses, we also operate a vertical injection molding machine with a six station rotary table. This machine is ideal for insert molding applications that require a highly specialized part to be produced in large quantities. The multi-station configuration on this machine allows for production efficiencies on insert molding applications that would be virtually unattainable on the traditional horizontal presses operated by the majority of companies. The manufacturing of plugs and various other electronic connectors is particularly well suited for this type of machine.
ur facility also employs various types of specialized auxiliary and automation equipment to support our production capabilities. A partial listing of auxiliary equipment includes:
Most engineering resins are hydroscopic (absorb moisture from the ambient atmosphere) and need to be dried prior to their introduction into the manufacturing process. Parts manufactured from un-dried hydroscopic materials can have dramatically impaired physical and mechanical properties, as well as display cosmetic flaws such as bubbles and splay. Materials dryers raise the temperature of the material to a predetermined set point at which the specific material will release its moisture back into the atmosphere. Once this has occurred the material is ready to be fed directly into the manufacturing process.
These systems allow us to transfer materials and additives quickly and efficiently from and between shipping containers, materials dryers, blenders, and ultimately directly into our injection molding machines for processing. These systems are a key component in controlling the labor costs associated with material handling as well as maintaining a clean facility.
By either circulating water or oil, mold temperature control units aid in maintaining a constant temperature in production molds. Depending on the type of material being processed, molds will either be heated or cooled in order to allow for optimal production-cycle efficiencies and part quality.
For high volume parts, a hot runner or hot spru system in the mold can reduce waste and increase the number of parts that can be produced in an hour. Employing this technology can dramatically reduce part costs on large production runs. Hot manifold/hot tip controllers are the means by which hot runner or hot spru systems are controlled. Our largest controller can monitor and control over 70 zones in a closed loop environment.
In addition to helping reduce scrapes and scuff marks on cosmetic parts, parts conveyors are another piece of equipment which we employ to help increase efficiencies and reduce labor costs.
These devices are used when manufacturing multiple components for a single assembly that a customer wants assembled prior to leaving our facility.
Occasionally, customers can have very specific gate trimming requirements for a particular part. A pneumatic trimming fixture allows for higher quality and repeatability when meeting requirements on larger production runs.
Color feeders allow either color concentrate or liquid color to be metered and fed directly into an injection molding machine’s feed throat for processing. Color feeders are typically a good way to reduce costs and maintain consistent color results for parts on larger production runs.
With weigh scale blending technology, we are capable of mixing one or several additives or colors with a base resin simultaneously. The blender weighs each component using a calibrated load cell, then mixes the components in small batches for unparalleled accuracy. When necessary, the blender can provide reports after every batch, showing (in grams) the exact quantity of each additive in the final mix. This is currently the most accurate technology available for mixing materials for large scale production.
In many cases (if a customer allows for it), scrap produced from the production of their parts can be reground in a material grinder then added back into the production of future parts at a predetermined percentage. Generally, this process can reduce waste and part costs without sacrificing quality.
We welcome you to contact us to discuss how our equipment recourses can help you meet your specific manufacturing needs.