Starlinger North America Inc. is introducing Maplan GmbH's dual rubber injection molding machines-designed to produce rubber parts with two different elastomers-to North America.
The line of Maplan 2K rubber molding presses already has met with great success in Central Europe, said Thomas Fay, Starlinger Midwest sales manager. Primarily seal makers in automotive applications such as shaft seals have utilized the machines, he said.
The special design provides labor savings because two elastomer types can be injected at once, Fay said. The 2K machines are ideal for low- or high-volume runs, and can be top- or bottom-injected. Smaller injection units are arranged both on the same side, but in the case of larger volumes one unit is designed horizontal for injection through the split line, the company said.
The Maplan presses can be used for a variety of elastomers, including nitrile, EPDM, SBR and DuPont's Viton-brand fluoroelastomer, Fay said.
Starlinger-headquartered in Hanover Park, Ill.-is a subsidiary of Ternitz, Austria-based Maplan, one of the largest worldwide suppliers of rubber injection molders and a member of Starlinger Group of Vienna, Austria.