Showroom Seeks to Energize Interest in Electric Molding Machines
|This all-electric injection molding machine from Milacron Inc. is among the units the company will demonstrate at its new Energy Resource Center.|
A manufacturer believes that all-electric injection molding machines are the solution for companies feeling the effects of the rising cost of power. To help convince others, Milacron Inc. (Batavia, OH; www.milacron.com) has established a showroom to demonstrate these machines, which they speculate could save the nation up to 8.9 million MWh annually. Located in Cincinnati, the Energy Resource Center will feature a variety of the molders for first-hand inspection, but the showroom is not just for molding personnel. Milacron is also directing its savings message to corporate management, financial executives, facility designers, and energy brokers. According to the company, electric molders are two to four times more efficient than their hydraulic counterparts. "A switch to all-electric injection machines could save an estimated 700,000 MW of power and $42 million in energy annually in California alone," says vp of technology Barr Klaus. Electric machines can offer these savings because they only consume electricity when doing actual work. Hydraulic molders, on the other hand, use energy even when idling.