New Investments Enhance Productivity and Innovation

New Investments Enhance Productivity and Innovation

Plastic Molding Technology, Inc. invested in new equipment over the past few months—including all-electric presses, a machining center and a 3-D printer—to help reach production goals and boost efficiency, while advancing our competitive edge and commitment to innovative, sustainable manufacturing.

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Charles Sholtis, CEO of PMT, and Art Bejar of Toshiba Machine stand with one of the three new electric presses PMT invested in to forward a commitment to sustainable manufacturing.

The three Toshiba all-electric, 55-ton molding machines began production last month, saving energy and increasing production flexibility. The new presses, replacing eight machines that were over 15 years old, represent a continued investment in PMT’s sustainability initiatives put in place over the past three years. The machines also offer our staff the flexibility to move quickly from project to project, eliminating long changeover times for molds and increasing the ability to provide JIT service for customers.

The presses improve cycle dry time by 20 percent, which means PMT is consistently making products faster, using less energy. With the addition of these new machines, PMT’s manufacturing infrastructure now includes 27 all-electric presses.

PMT also invested in a ProtoTRAK machining center, boosting in-house tool room capabilities for both repair and tool engineering changes for customers. The system is programmed for automatic work, so the production team can focus on more pressing tasks during the cycle of customer change orders.

“Our investment in the new presses and machining center are examples of our continuing commitment as innovative, sustainable manufacturers,” said Charles A. Sholtis, CEO of PMT. “We are proud to provide for our customers the best production equipment—and the best production team—to meet today’s manufacturing demands in the Borderplex region.”

In September, PMT also invested in a FDM desktop 3-D printer, which can produce fixtures and sample prototypes in-house in less than 24 hours. The company expects this investment to save customers time and money by providing a fast turn-around, and a JIT solution, for when time is of the essence.