ANAHEIM, Calif.—Wabash MPI's new hybrid servo-pneumatic MicroLim-brand liquid silicone injection molding machine differs from machines using a reciprocating screw.
“The MicroLim uses a [patented] plunger-style injection head with an electric servo drive,” said Dave Singer, sales and marketing manager for Wabash MPI and sister company Carver Inc. “This allows for more accurate and consistent control of the shot size.”
Wabash MPI has created a testing laboratory in Wabash, Ind., for customers to bring molds for trials. “Customers who have run trials have been impressed with the performance of the MicroLim,” Singer said.
Exhibited at CAMX in Anaheim, the machine targets short-run clean room and medical applications and is designed for shot sizes from less than 1-15 cubic centimeters. The machine has a maximum clamp force of 17 tons and platen size of 9 square inches.
Carver exhibited two-column and four column benchtop, manual and automatic hydraulic laboratory presses with clamping capacities from 12-48 tons.
Wabash MPI and Carver employ 75 and occupy 33,000 square feet. The operation is certified under ISO 9001:2008.
Recently, the team provided a press to the Indiana Manufacturing Institute for use in a West Lafayette, Ind., research laboratory targeting development of cutting edge applications primarily for the polymer composites industry.
Wabash MPI, legally Wabash Metal Products Inc., and Carver are members of the ACS Group of New Berlin, Wis., which also markets auxiliary plastics processing products under the AEC, Sterling, Sterlco and Cumberland brand names.