CLEVELAND—Columbia City, Ind.-based MonTech U.S.A. is riding high on the steady growth of its German parent company, according to Spencer Bagan, national sales and marketing manager for MonTech U.S.A.
“Our factory in Germany is always increasing capacity,” said Bagan, who represented MonTech with a team of associates at the 2019 International Elastomer Conference in Cleveland Oct. 8-10.
“Capacity has doubled in just the last couple of years. The factory can produce many more machines, especially large-capacity machines. We’ve increased the capacity of our laboratory presses up to 150 tons.”
One tire plant has MonTech testing cells on all its mixing lines, Bagan said, who declined to identify the factory.
Though not exhibited in Cleveland, MonTech’s newest product is its RB 3000 Rebound Resilience Tester, Bagan said.
According to MonTech literature, the RB 3000 features a rigid design with all main components into the machine frame. The simplified touchscreen operation features a menu offering various functions, including different test modes, parking and service functions.
The RB 3000’s motorized pendulum release and return allow a fully automated test sequence without any user interference, according to MonTech. The system automatically detects incorrectly placed specimens, and integrated calibration routines allow the user to measure, calibrate and compensate for pendulum friction and release angle.
There are very few suppliers of rebound resilience testers, but MonTech’s offers advantages the others do not, Bagan said.
“Our resolution is better than anyone else’s, and we have the evaluations to prove that,” he said.
MonTech’s current catalogue offers a wide range of testing equipment including Mooney viscometers, laboratory presses, hardness and density testers, dispersion testers, deep freezing units, aging ovens, fatigue testers, compression set test fixtures and digital precision thickness gauges.
“Look for a big announcement from us around the beginning of the year concerning a new product,” Bagan said. “It will be our biggest announcement in 10 years.”